Glasgow loves dining out. Is there anything as simple and peaceful as a candlelight dinner with family and friends?

If you look closely, Glasgow has a love affair with Italian restaurants, Italian food and Italian culture. (There’s even an annual Italian Awards ceremony.)

Trust us! There’s more to Glasgow Italian cuisine than a deep fried pizza on a Friday night.

We bring you 7 of the finest independent Italian dining experiences available in Glasgow.

7. La Vita Pizzeria/Spuntini- George Square/Byres Road/Newton Mearns

Nominated for Best Pasta, Best Multiple Restaurants and Best Restaurant Design at The Italian Awards. It’s easy to understand the love felt for La Vita. Quiet and unassuming from the outside, situated on the corner of Queens St in George Square. Fantastic portions, immediately catered for after stepping through the front doors. Value for money and real authentic Italian food. The Byres Road and Newton Mearns restaurants are not to be missed either.

6. Fratelli Sarti- Bath St/ Renfield St/ Wellington St

One of the earliest purveyors of authentic Italian cuisine. Fratelli Sarti’s still prides itself on the quality of the ingredients available in the restaurant. Nearly 25 years open for service, all three Fratelli Sarti restaurants are still considered to be some of the best available for customers in Glasgow. Adjustable menu’s for anyone with allergies, Sarti’s promise only the finest ingredients direct from Italy.

5. La Lanterna- Hope Street

The 2014 winner for Best Italian Restaurant in Scotland and furthermore Best Team. La Lanterna has been providing Glasgow and Scotland with some of the highest quality Italian meals, ingredients and services for 40 years. Multiple award winners. Head Chef Luca Conreno was awarded Best Italian Chef in 2013. La Lanterna on Hope Street provides as high quality cuisine in 2015 as it did in 1970. Not to be missed

4. Piccolo Mondo Ristorante- Argyll Street/ Renfrew St

Since 1974 Tony and Giuliana have provided Glasgow with some of the greatest speciality meals from the hills of Tuscany. Winning awards since the restaurants conception in the 1970’s, Piccolo Mondo was awarded two excellence awards 1984, 1985, and following that were rewarded with the one of the finest awards in British restaurant cuisine. Out of a possible 1600 restaurants Piccollo Mondo was voted number 1 Value for Money across the UK. Both Argyll St and Renfrew St were awarded TripAdvisor certificates of excellence 2014.

3. Amarone Glasgow- Nelson Mandela Place

Winners of the 2012 Best Restaurant of the Year. The highest quality of Italian fine dining throughout Glasgow. 100% per cent fresh ingredients, locally sourced and also imported specialist ingredients to provide customers with traditional and contemporary meals Italian meals, unlike any other across Glasgow.

2. Il Pavone- Princes Square

Proudly sitting amongst one of Glasgow’s finest shopping centres, Il Pavone takes pride in being one of the highest quality Italian restaurants in the city. Family owned from the very first day of business. Il Pavone takes centre stage on the bottom floor of Princes Square in Glasgow. Converging decades of passion for high quality dining cuisine and a world class dining experience. Il Pavone has helped create a Glasgow Italian dining experience never to be forgotten.

1. Coia’s Cafe- Duke Street

First opening in 1928, Coia’s Cafe is still owned by the same family as when they first opened more than 80 years ago. Since the 1980’s Coia’s Cafe has been owned by Alfredo and Antonia Coia, the third generation of the same family to ensure own the high quality restaurant. Expanding their premises into the building next door, business has never been stronger for the Coia family. Each meal is considered a family delicacy. Coia’s Cafe promises you the highest quality of meal whether you are popping in for a takeaway or whisking a loved one away for an intimate candlelight dinner.

What are your thoughts Glasgow? Have we missed any culinary gemstones off our list, please let us know.