When Glasgow’s family-run Celino’s deli and restaurant announced that it was opening a new branch in the city’s West End at the end of 2016, there was more than a quiver of excitement within Glasgow’s foodie community. Anticipation did wane slightly, as unforeseen teething problems prevented the opening of the new Partick branch for several months, but it finally opened at the end of August this year. Opening night was packed out and business has been brisk ever since, with Glasgow foodies flocking to sample the goods on offer.

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Where is it?

Celino’s is situated towards the bottom end of Hyndland Road, beneath a huge block of student accommodation. This area of Glasgow is well known for its nightlife and there are many restaurants within the area, most of which are absolutely fantastic, but some of which can be a little pretentious and overpriced. We’re glad to say that Celino’s definitely sits within the former category, rather than the latter.

To get an idea of where Hyndland Road sits within the west end of Glasgow, see http://www.glasgowguide.co.uk/maps-full_west.html.

What does it look like?

From the outside, the deli is well presented, with its windows full of fresh, enticing produce and the busy and atmospheric restaurant visible in the background.

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Inside, the entrance is busy, with several staff manning the serve over deli counter, as people queue with their wicker baskets full of imported Italian cheese, pasta, fresh tomatoes and wine.

The restaurant itself is modern, but there are enough nods to the traditional trattoria to remind you that you’re definitely in an Italian establishment. The lighting is subdued, which makes for a cosy ambience and there is a nice mixture of booths and family-sized tables to choose from. Everything is impeccably clean and well thought out.

To get an idea of the kind of quality equipment the family have gone for, see https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/serve-over-counters.

The food itself is outstanding. Yes, it’s that home-cooked Italian food which we may all be so familiar with, but when it’s done as well as this, it’s hard to beat. It is also great value for money, especially when you consider its prime location.

We may have only tried the evening menu, but both the breakfast and lunch menus looked extremely promising and we’ll definitely be returning to sample them.