It’s becoming an all too familiar picture to find myself in an early morning Glasgow rush in need of a quick breakfast on the go. In a break from the usual trip to a bacon roll emporium, I headed to Via Italia, on the corner of Union Street and Gordon Street, which I’d recently heard about from occasional guest questers Mel and Milo.
Seeking to tap into the current obsession with all things street food, this offers the Italian take on things. At the core of their menu are piadas, Italian wraps, which I’d previously tasted in Edinburgh at Tani Modi.
The place is still has that sheen of newness having been open for only a couple of months. Counter service focusses on assembling items to your specification. I didn’t really have a clue what to have so asked advice as to what would be good for breakfast. A piada with an Italian sausage and egg filling sounded good to me, so I opted for that. It was duly assembled, topped with red pesto and rocket then lightly heated in the oven.
One thing that slightly irked me was the amount of packaging. Not only was the piada double wrapped, I guess because the item inside is capable of volcanic hotness, but then it was packed in a huge paper bag. For street food this seemed rather excessive.
I was soon on my way, eating as I walked. The Italian sausage, served crumbled with a consistency like mince, was packed with flavour and really tasty. The egg element was a boiled egg with intensely dry yolk which didn’t quite work for me as it made things less moist than they should have been. The red pesto got lost in the mix so I would definitely opted for the basil variety, next time. It was a tasty eat, but there was room for improvement.
So overall, Via Italia is likely to prove popular particularly with burrito fans as essentially these are the Italian equivalent. I think there is the potential for a little greater sophistication so I look forward to seeing how things develop over time. I’d be happy to pop back next time I bring a large morning appetite with me to the city.
Blythe scores Via Italia
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: piada with egg and Italian sausage
I wore: grey overcoat
Total bill: £2.95