La Vita Spuntini
Just opened in Gordon Street, Glasgow, La Vita Spuntini is an elegant new Italian restaurant oozing with old school charm and hospitality, with an interior resplendent in sumptuous detail and character.
After ‘La Vita Pizzeria’ restaurants on George Square and in Bishobriggs, ‘Piccolino e Vino’ in Newton Mearns and ‘Spuntini Byres Road’, the Gordon Street venture is Mario Arcari and his father’s fifth restaurant in Glasgow.
But the restaurant group’s family owner’s ethos remains the same – simple, quality cooking and ingredients combined with the kind of service that will make customers return again and again.
Located in the centre of Glasgow’s busy shopping district, the 125 cover restaurant over two floors offers a unique twist on contemporary dining with an impressive cocktail bar married to the elegant family dining Italian restaurant.
The stunning interior was created by Burns Design.
Paul McLaughlin of Burns Design said: “We worked with the client on several projects before this one, including the flagship La Vita Pizzeria, Piccolino e Vino and two Via Italia venues, and we have had a good ongoing relationship with them for around 14 years.
“The new venue was originally a retail unit, so numerous changes had to be made. The client wanted the interior to have an element of grandeur along with Tuscan detailing. The design includes a large gold leaf clock back fitting with barley twist posts, with other design elements including trefoil detailing repeated throughout in fretwork and brass.”
On entering the venue, guests will see the bar with its ornate frontage and glass and brass detailing. There is also a metre high mock cherry tree hung with lights, and a row of booths with columns and arches around them.
Other features include large vases filled with cherry blossom, and a mezzanine level with two stained glass circular roof lights with conical tops. Further elements include two bespoke lantern lights, a sculpture and a large suede quilted high level wall panel. Tables feature handmade painted tiles in the centre.
In addition, the new restaurant is bathed in soft lighting with comfortable chairs, banquettes and booths, rich oak beams, a welcoming ambiance and specially commissioned wall art by Andy Scott.
Paul McLaughlin concluded: “The project was quite complicated in that it was challenging to get the layout of the interior to work. The client was very involved in the design and is happy with the project, which was a very important scheme for us.”
Spuntini on Gordon Street has created a seasonal menu that showcases a contemporary approach to traditional and authentic Italian flavours and combinations. The menu is artfully designed to cater to many palates with a generous selection of fresh pasta and pizza, as well as seafood, meats and small plates.
Dishes on the menu include ‘Anatra Al Nero’ (Duck served with Black Pudding in Red Wine Jus), Italian Scotch Eggs, Wood Burning Pizzas and sharing bowls of different varieties of traditional Pasta.
La Vita Restaurant Group’s Mario Arcari said: “Spuntini is already one of the most popular spots for romantic dining and get togethers in Glasgow since it opened its doors on Byres Road in 2008.
“Our new addition to the family business on Gordon Street offers a family friendly environment with a big emphasis on service and quality of produce allowing our customers a restaurant experience where they can appreciate and indulge in the flavours of our most famous regions in Italy”.
With awards for ‘Best Italian Restaurant in Glasgow’ and ‘Best Family Restaurant’ already under their belt, this latest venture from the group offers a new menu of specials alongside its traditional mix of Italian pasta classics with the addition of a new cocktail, gin and trendy Italian wine list, served from the sophisticated central bar at the heart of the venue.
Spuntini Gordon Street expects to dominate the Italian restaurant market in Glasgow city centre. The highly skilled team can also cater for a wide range of events including private dining and drinks receptions.
Proudly Italian, this family business combines a passion for food and hospitality with old-school service, proving some things never go out of fashion or fall out of favour.