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Benvenuti! Welcome to our family-run and fanily-friendly restaurant in Glasgow's Merchant City. Our handy location is within a few minutes’ walk of George Square, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Tron Theatre, the Ramshorn Theatre, the Old Fruitmarket and City Halls as well as two of Glasgow's busiest train stations on both major lines coming into Glasgow City Centre. 



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Please kindly note that, happily, we are not a multi-national company nor a chain restaurant and do not pretend to be affiliated to nor adopt the name of a celebrity chef. Instead, at our family-owned and family-run restaurant our modest aims are to have a busy and bustling restaurant packed, we hope, with happy, satisfied customers who have been served tasty freshly-prepared food by our experienced, hardworking and pleasant staff. We are proud that all of our key kitchen and dining room staff have worked with our family in this and in our previous family restaurants in Glasgow for 50+ years combined. We are now one of the (very) few of Glasgow's genuine authentic Italian restaurants with our Sicilian, Roman, Campanian, Ligurian & Pugliese staff and our Molisan proprietor's family. Because of all of this, our restaurant's atmosphere and menu have an incomparable and vivid Italian feel. 


In 2019, we were delighted to have been awarded FOUR highly-respected food awards (1) the 2019 GOLD SEAL AWARD in the UK-wide 2019 Good Food Awards in January 2019, (2) "The Best Italian Restaurant in Glasgow" at the 3rd Annual Lux Life Magazine Restaurant & Bar Awards 2019 where special recognition of our "Culinary Excellence" and our "Authentic Italian Cuisine" was noted at their ceremony held in February 2019, (3) the 2019 Officially Certified Recommended Glasgow Italian Restaurant in The Entertainment Guide in May 2019, and (4) Restaurant General Manager of the Year 2019 in the Food Awards Scotland 2019. You can view our achievements and certificates in the photo carousel on this page as well as the press & awards section of this site as well as by clicking on the following links to the relevant websites:


Thanks to nominations from the public, we had been shortlisted for the 4th year in a row in the finals of the Food Awards Scotland 2019 for: 

(1) Best Italian Establishment in Scotland 2019 (1 of only 10 nominees in the whole of Scotland), and 

(2) Restaurant General Manager of the Year 2019 (1 of only 6 nominees in the whole of Scotland) 

In August 2019 we attended their gala ceremony and WON another major award again!

In 2020 we are already in the running to win FIVE prestigious national food awards and already have the great pleasure of being congratulated by as one of their top 3 Italian restaurants in Glasgow 2020 after passing their 50-point inspection which includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust and cost to general excellence. You can view our recent achievements and certifcates in the photo carousel on this page etc and you can view the comprehensive details of our threebestrated achievement by clicking on following link to their website:


Most up to date press/customer ratings (as of February 2020):
-Tam Cowan, The Sun: "Food is the star ... very impressive"; Service 5/5; Vibe 5/5 "Terrific, relaxed atmosphere"; Price 5/5 "Excellent value for a G1 postcode"; Total 24/25 "Overall, a fab feed in a lovely, warm restaurant".

-Eating Out, Daily Record: Food 5/5 - "great fresh produce"; Value 5/5 - "great set menu deals"; Overall 22/25 - "it's fair to say all three of us loved Qua".
-Diner Tec, Evening Times: 4/4 ("mouthwatering") - "Qua has outdone itself with a choice that veers far from the usual suspects".
-The Herald Newspaper: Prestigious winner of restaurant category "Readers' Recommended Award" for Merchant City, Glasgow - "Qua has Italian credentials that are hard to equal and makes special effort to offer a contemporary Italian experience".

-The Sunday Post: 17/20 – “Reasonably priced … relaxed, welcoming restaurant serving genuine Italian food, presented with a smile and a few friendly words”.
-The Glaswegian Newspaper: 5/5 - "bright, colourful and welcoming feel to it ... offering excellent value ... the service was excellent". 4.5/5 overall average rating; "excellence award" winner in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 and for many, many years dependably ranked very high in the top 50 restaurants of all types/kinds (1000s listed) in the whole of the Greater Glasgow area.  


If coming to visit us by train then the Argyle St, High St or Queen St stations would be your best/closest options. Car-parking is available on the street-bays directly outside our restaurant on Ingram St and on the many streets around the restaurant as well as the open-air Ingram St "NCP" car park and the high-rise "Q-Park" on Albion St. After 6pm every day the parking-bays and single-yellow lines directly outside and nearby the restaurant are free of charge if/when spaces are available. 

Food is served seven days a week from 11.30am to 10pm (our last food orders) and we aim to close the restaurant at 11.30pm on a weekday and at midnight at the weekend. Please see the links at the top of this page to see all about us and what we would love to be able to do for you. 

Paolo (operator/manager); "Mondi" & "Paco" (our head waiter team); Franco & Angelo (our joint head chefs); Gianni & Alessandro (our pizza chefs); Patrizia & Giampietro (our starter chefs and kitchen porters); Oliviero, Vincenzo & Davide (our bar & waiting staff) and all of our other family and friends who help-out in the kitchen, dining room floor and behind the bar at Qua Italian Restaurant. 

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