Four generations are involved in Da Claudio, which was named after the original Tuscan owner, who opened the restaurant in 1991.
On one of the main streets in the Lanarkshire town.
On a rainy Wednesday, early evening, we didn’t foresee any problems in getting a table for two, but the restaurant was fully booked. However, the waiting staff were able to squeeze us in. It’s clearly gained a loyal customer base in its 28 years.
Attentive and professional, while also down-to-earth.
There is an extensive range of meat and fish dishes, alongside pasta main courses. As well as traditional Italian dishes, there is a lot of originality shown in many of the options.
The starters were, in one of our party’s words, “amazing”. The funghi genovese is sauteed mushrooms with a tomato and onion sauce served with garlic bread and could happily have been eaten as a main course, as it was so tasty. The crostini da claudio was similarly successful. Toasted Italian bread topped with cannellini beans, onions, cherry tomatoes, olives, garlic and olive oil was a change from the usual bruschetta staple found on starter menus. The spaghetti verdure, broccoli, courgette, onion and tomatoes in an oil and garlic sauce, was a lovely, light dish, perfect for summer, while the penne funghi’s mushrooms were complemented by red onion and mixed peppers in a tomato sauce.
The family-run eatery succeeds in creating a homely atmosphere.
There is a £15.50 two-course early evening menu available, seven days a week, which is really great value.
There’s a separate vegan menu – more places should follow suit.
Perfectly clean and comfortable.