Glasgow is not short of Italian restaurants but if you are looking for the best artisan pizzas, Paesano is the place to go. It is one of my regular destinations.
Located in Great Western Road, near Kelvin Bridge Subway*, this is a popular eatery for early evenings. No wonder why: the choice is short but the pizzas, cooked in wood fired ovens in the open kitchen follow the Neapolitan tradition and offer the best I have ever tasted.
The quality ingredients are cooked to perfection (the artichokes and aubergines are delicious) and the presentation is nice. The experience is simple and very pleasurable. There is of course a vegetarian option and a selection of accompaniments and salads, soft ice creams and tart of the day for desert. Paesano is licensed, so you can enjoy a nice bottle of Italian wine along with your pizza for £20 at most.
The service at the table is very efficient (no long waiting) and friendly, and the canteen atmosphere of the industrial space is boisterous and noisy. Although there is a quick turnover of customers, you never feel pressured to leave. The prices are more than reasonable, starting from £5 to £8 for a big pizza. And pizzas are also available to take away.
The place takes no reservations, so come along as you are, and maybe be prepared to wait 10 minutes.
*Check the site for their little sister restaurant in Glasgow