Panevino

Welcome to my first post of the new year. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and is ready to dive in to some seriously delicious food now in 2014!

I like my neighbours a lot  but never more so than when they’re turn me on to a good eateries – one couple in particular were the top of my Christmas card list after pointing me in the direction of both Balbir’s & Stravaigin when we first moved in. So naturally when the suggested Panevino in Finnieston I was keen to try it and this is where I found myself today for a rather sumptuous lunch.

Panevino Restaurant review Glasgow

Panevino is a fantastic modern cafe style Italian restaurant, inside the ground floor is dominated by the huge bar/service area surrounded by New York dinner ‘eat at the counter’ style seating. There was a few other tables on the ground floor – I presume there was quite a bit of seating upstairs because lots of people as they came in were disappearing up to the mezzanine level. For me the ambiance and surroundings were much more of a casual lunch or mid-week eating out restaurant rather than a weekend night out.

Panevino Restaurant review Glasgow

The staff were great – friendly, efficient, polite….all the things you expect from a good restaurant service. They weren’t your standard trendy west end students and seemed to genuinely care that you enjoyed your food.

Panevino Restaurant review Glasgow

The menu in one word was cracking! I could have happily eaten absolutely anything from the menu – there was 3 soups to choose from, an abundance of specials and a whole brunch menu which included freshly made blueberry pancakes….yes Blueberry Pancakes, YUM! However I avoided all of these options and choose from the normal menu.

Panevino Restaurant review Glasgow

To start with I went for the Fillet of beef Carpaccio,  a 28 day matured fillet of Scottish beef, seared & thinly carved rare served on a rocket, lemon & parmesan salad. It was soft and incredibly flavoursome, the salad was the perfect accompaniment with the lemon really adding something to the beef. It was the best Carpaccio I have ever had…in fact it may be one of the best starters I have ever had. It always surprises me when I enjoy Carpaccio so much because I really shy away from steaks done anything under a medium/well.

Panevino Restaurant review Glasgow

As always in any Italian I order a foccacia with my starter – Panevinos version is delicious, it was doughy with just the right about of greasyness without too much rock salt and rosemary.

Panevino Restaurant review Glasgow Panevino Side Salad

For my main I choose the Gnocchi cooked with pancetta & peas in a sage, white wine and butter sauce. The portion when it arrives looks a little small in comparison to say a pasta dish but I actually didn’t manage to finish the whole plate. It was buttery and slippery which I always think is the way a Gnocchi should be eaten. They were light and fluffy and very well cooked overall the whole dish was extremely tasty.

For me Panevino was an absolute winner and I will definitely be back here again soon for a lunch and week night dinner, I fully intend to eat my way through this menu.

Panevino Restaurant review Glasgow

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