Joia Italian (West End, Glasgow) 2021: Review

The Visit

I recently visited a lot of Italian restaurants, and had really great meals and said I would be back…I always keep my word and today I was in the West End and decided to visit one of them.

The Food

I really enjoyed what I got at my last visit, I had to order it again.


Olive Ascolane £5.95
Deep Fried Stuffed Olives / Truffle Mayo / Pulled Beef & Pork

On my first visit here which was also my last, I had these and instantly loved them.

The slight crunch then the burst of flavour followed by the slight olive after taste it was perfect and extremely moreish!

So I had it again at tonight’s visit.

Tonight it was exactly as my first time, and highly recommended.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rigatoni Carbonara £11.95
Rigatoni Pasta/Black Pepper/Egg Yolk/Pecorino/ Guanciale

This was anther dish I had last time, and loved it so much I had to try it again tonight.

This was exactly as I remembered, the pasta perfectly cooked, and the guanciale just melted in my mouth and added massive amounts of flavour.

This is now one of my favourite pasta dishes.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Pannacotta £6.95
Bone-Marrow / Saffron / Red Wine Caramel / Cherries

I said to the guys here last time that on my next visit I would try this….and I kept my word

I have never tasted bone-marrow before so I didn’t really know how this would taste but its always fun to try something new.

hmm ok so it was a nice taste but different…I think its one you either will love or just think is so so.

Would I have it again? hmm maybe but I will try some of their other dishes next time.

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall :

As I said I had visited a few Italian restaurants recently and all had great food so I thought I would pop back to them all and share their great food with you.

Tonight’s visit was very nice, the staff very friendly and the food was amazing.

I am adding here to my top spots page!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My top 5 posts of 2021

What a year it’s been, I have never been busier with regards to my blog.

For 95% of the year, I was posting a new blog daily, which I have never done but it was so much fun.

Looking back at the end of year stats it’s interesting to see what were my top 5 posts, and it’s never the ones I expected.

Below are my top 5 posts in order.

1. German Donner Kebab Boss Box

I had always wanted to visit GDK but I was never in the area, and it was during lockdown I got introduced to their amazing food.

They launched the new GDK Boss Box which I was given to try and review.

I have been back a few times and enjoyed the meals there very much.

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2. Sons Men’s DHT Blocking Shampoo Subscription Box

When the guys at Sons asked if I wanted to review a hair loss shampoo I was a little hesitant, firstly because I am so far not losing any hair.

I had a long think and thought maybe there are a few of my readers that are and would like to know of a product that could help them so I accepted and tried the product.

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3. BURGUR Grill – (Halal) (Pollokshields, Glasgow)

I got invited to come to the newly opened at that time Burgur Grill, which was right next to my fave Indian sweet shop Barfia.

I took my dad with me tonight and we both had a lovely meal.

I will be back soon.

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4. QUARTERPAST Coffee Syrups

During lockdown, I was having my morning coffee and the guys sent me some coffee syrups to try.

I love a good coffee, so adding some extra flavours was a great way to enhance my morning coffee experience.

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5. Doppio Malto Italian Restaurant (Glasgow) 2021

I love finding new restaurants and trying them, and this invite was one that I will never forget.

The food tonight was really good, and I have been back since and it was just as nice as my previous experience.

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Zizzi (Princes Square, Glasgow) 2021 : Review

The Visit

Tonight I was having dinner with a friend, then heading off to the new Vue cinema to see Rock 4 Directors cut.

The Starter

Garlic Bread £5.45
Brushed with garlic and rosemary.

On arrival this was a big portion, I was expecting something half the size.

It visually looked good, and smelled good and I was hungry so I couldnt wait to try it.

This was really lovely, the texture, taste and flavours all were perfect!

If you visit here, you have to order this!

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Main Course

Rigatoni Pesto Rosso £12.25
A creamy sundried tomato pesto and mascarpone sauce with spicy pulled harissa chicken.

I was going to order a pizza, but then spotted this and thought lets give it a try.

This sounded really nice, and with the spicy harissa chicken should have a nice wee kick.

The pasta was cooked perfectly, but flavour wise for me was a little bland. I didn’t get any spiciness to it even a slight kick.

Overall it was ok, but just a little bland.

My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.


When Tiramisu Met Brownie £6.85
Chocolate brownie topped with coffee sponge fingers and mascarpone cream, finished with gold balls and hot chocolate sauce.

From the description I HAD to order this, two things I like brownie and Tiramisu.

Presentation was nice, and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

I tried it on its own without the addition of the chocolate sauce.

It was nice but flavour wise I was getting MUCH more brownie than Tiramisu which was disappointing.

I then tried the chocolate sauce on its own and it had a slight burnt taste to it, due to it being heated up too much…but I poured it over and took a bite.

This was nice with the sauce, but still I missed the Tiramisu flavour .

On paper this sounded great, and very yumm but due to poor execution it should have been more 50/50

My Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.


Tonights visit was a bit of a mixed bag, I really loved my starter and my main course was nice just needed a touch more flavour.

My desert was very poor, but as you can see from the photo it is MUCH more brownie than Tiramisu…if this got fixed to 50/50 that would make a massive difference.

Overal Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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