“IF you weren’t so tight the bathroom would have been finished weeks ago”, coughed the Moll through the thick dust left by the Tec Towers makeover.

It was the latest in a long line of digs after I kiboshed her plans to install the latest designer wall tiles - a move that had delayed work for a few weeks.

“Look on the bright side”, I responded, “we can now afford to go for a meal. You sound as if you need a night on the tiles…”.

“TILES! I’ll give you TILES!” she barked back.

Moments later, she was chasing me out the door and into a taxi – not quite the Buick but it would do for tonight. “ORO in Shawlands please driver”, I called.

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As we pulled up outside the restaurant, I was eager to lose the ‘tight’ tag, so I tipped the driver, “don’t back down from an argument over tiles. And don’t go to a steakhouse and order a pizza, you’ll never live it down”.

And with that, we headed straight into ORO.

The décor inside and out was stunning and the staff were polite and accommodating from the moment we walked through the doors.

The food didn’t disappoint either.

For starters, Goldilocks went for the bufala Caprese salad and I decided to go for the Fritelle (dough balls).

The salad had sliced buffalo mozzarella served on a bed of tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and basil leaves, with olive oil and smoked salt flakes for extra taste. The dish oozed flavour and was an instant winner.

The dough balls were plentiful and came deep fried with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and a tomato salsa dip. They had a light crisp on the outside with a soft, fluffy centre, and went well with the delicious dip.

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We went for the pizza di Parma and the ricotta ravioli for our mains. The ravioli parcels were packed with creamy ricotta and spinach and were served with a lovely tomato sauce.

But the star of the show was the pizza, which had a mozzarella base topped with prosciutto, mozzarella, parmesan, rocket and a swirl of reduced balsamic. The salty, savoury flavour of the prosciutto and cheese mixed with the sweeter balsamic taste made for one of the best pizza’s around. It was delicious.

We then rounded the meal off by sharing the Italian sundae, which had vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, coconut mallow and small pieces of tablet, topped with whipped cream. Again, this course was a real treat and a fitting way to end the meal.

As we headed out into the night, we reflected on delicious food, excellent service and a great atmosphere that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.



Fritelle (dough balls) - £3.95

Bufala Caprese salad - £6.95


Ricotta Ravioli - £13.95

Pizza di Parma - £13.95


Italian sundae (to share) - £6.95


Red wine x 2 - £15

Tonic water - £1.95

Total = £62.70


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ORO, 85 Kilmarnock Rd, Glasgow G41 3YR, 0141 632 4222​