Eating Out: Little Italy

Eating Out: Little Italy

Eating Out: Little Italy

We’re fanatical about pizza and pasta. Lucky for us, there are plenty of great Italian restaurants in Glasgow. It somewhat makes up for the complete and total absence of decent Tex Mex. 

We’ve fallen for a great little spot in the West End called Little Italy. The atmosphere is bright and relaxed, and the staff is warm and friendly. There’s a counter at the front for takeaway, but we dined in and enjoyed every minute. 

Eating Out: Little Italy

Geoff wanted something on the lighter side, so he opted for Napli Pollo Picante. His big bowl of pasta was loaded up with veggies, chicken, and spicy chillies. He devoured it.

Eating Out: Little Italy

I went for a simple pepperoni pizza. My favorite thing about the pizza at Little Italy is the crust. It’s on the thin side, but it’s cooked perfectly. Soggy crust is one of my pet peeves, but I didn’t have to worry about that here. The crust was just the right level of crisp, there was plenty of cheese, and the sauce was delicious.

The prices are very reasonable, making Little Italy a great choice for a lunch break while thrift shopping in the West End. Let’s get into it.

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Risotto Bolognese

Risotto Bolognese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Now that we have a new flat with a spacious kitchen, I find myself wanting to be in there all the time. It’s not quite our dream kitchen yet, but I like being in the space and daydreaming about what we could turn it into. I find myself wishing I could spend all day every day in my kitchen somehow. 

If you’re looking to spend a lot of daydreaming time in your kitchen, you should definitely make risotto. Few recipes lend themselves so perfectly to spacing so well. 20 minutes of constant stirring is the perfect excuse for uninterrupted reflection. 

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Risotto Bolognese is a bit of a project recipe. This is not something you can make on a Tuesday after soccer practice. This recipe is for those times when you really feel like cooking, when you want to linger in the kitchen and revel in your domesticity. The good news is, this makes so much risotto that you won’t have to cook for two more days.

We start by making bolognese sauce from scratch. If you have a food processor, it’s really easy. Get out your biggest oven proof pot because this dish has a built in nap time while your sauce bubbles away for an hour. I’m telling you, this is a cook’s indulgence.

Risotto Bolognese doesn’t require any special skill, just a bit of attention. And I mean a bit. It all pays off once you get it on the table, though. We took the time to develop deep flavors. I could eat this by the bucketful. 

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Let’s take the time to make something awesome.

Risotto Bolognese
Serves 6
Risotto Bolognese takes time, but the result is completely worth it.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  2. 1 carrot, peeled and cut into large chunks
  3. 1 stick celery, cut into large chunks
  4. 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  5. small handful of fresh parsley
  6. 75 grams bacon
  7. 50 grams plus 1 tablespoon butter
  8. 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  9. 250 grams ground beef
  10. 80 ml marsala
  11. 1 can chopped tomatoes
  12. 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  13. 2 tablespoons milk
  14. 1 to 2 liters beef stock, divided
  15. 2 bay leaves
  16. 500 grams risotto rice
  17. 6 tablespoons grated parmesan
  18. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150C and dig out a big oven proof pot.
  2. Add your onion, carrot, celery, garlic, parsley and bacon to your food processor. Blitz away until you have a colorful mush. Don't put your processor away yet. We're using it again in a minute.
  3. In your large pot, heat the butter and olive oil. Add your veggie/bacon mush to the pot, and cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the ground beef and break it up with your wooden spoon. Allow it to brown, then add in the red wine.
  5. Tip your can of chopped tomatoes into your food processor and crank it up until smooth. It will only take a couple seconds. Add to the pot and give it a stir.
  6. In a small dish, stir together the milk and tomato puree. Add that to your pot along with 500 ml of your beef stock and your bay leaves. Give it all a good mix.
  7. Bring this to a boil and then clamp the lid on your pot. Transfer it to the oven, and allow it to bubble away happily for an hour.
  8. Once your meat sauce is out of the oven, put it back on the stove over low heat, and fish out the bay leaves. Add your remaining stock to a sauce pan and bring it to a simmer. Make sure the rest of your ingredients are ready because you're about to enter deep stirring reverie.
  9. Add your rice to your meat sauce and start your stirring. Depending on how much liquid is already in your sauce, you may need to add a ladleful of stock at this time.
  10. Continue to stir your rice for about 18-20 minutes, add another ladle of stock every time the liquid becomes absorbed. I never need all the stock, but if you need it and don't have it ready, you're screwed. Give your rice a taste to check it's cooked through.
  11. When it's ready, turn the heat off and stir in a tablespoon of butter and your parmesan cheese. Taste it to see if you want to add any salt and pepper.
  12. Serve hot with an extra sprinkle of parmesan.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

Osteria Del Tempo Perso has definitely become my favorite Italian restaurant in Glasgow. All the flavors are deep and rich. Every dish I’ve tried has been great. Plus, it’s located in the heart of the city centre, just off George Square, so it’s easy to access for a week night date or long lunch.

Osteria has the potential to be very expensive, but if you order off the set menu, it’s quite affordable, especially for the quality. Lunch is the best bargain if you can manage to get there on a weekday afternoon.

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

I’ve had many great dishes here, but my favorite is definitely the spaghetti bolognese. If a restaurant can’t make the basics outstanding, there’s no point in bothering with fancier dishes. The pasta is cooked absolutely perfectly, and the flavor developed in the sauce is deep and delicious. I never want to stop eating it.

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

Geoff had the lasagna this time. It’s layered with cheese and the same rich bolognese. It’s a classic done absolutely perfectly.

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

We also had dessert this time. They make a different version of ricotta cheesecake each day. We opted fr white chocolate this time, but they also had mango that day. This is a no-bake, fluffy confection. I dare you not to like it.

They also have a selection of wines by the glass or bottle, a few of which are quite affordable. 

I love simple Italian food, and Osteria Del Tempo Person does it perfectly. Go check it out. I promise, it’ll be awesome.

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