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Gizzi's Espresso Bar, Glasgow

Gizzi's Espresso Bar, Glasgow

Gizzi’s is an authentic Italian-style coffee shop in the fashionable Shawlands district on the south side of Glasgow. Founded by Armando Gizzi in 1974, it has been a popular retreat for hungry Glaswegians for over 40 years.

Now run by the second and third generations of the Gizzi family, the café has been revamped and relaunched as Gizzi’s Espresso Bar, serving everything from full Scottish breakfasts early in the morning to Italian toasted sandwiches, pizzas, pasta and cakes throughout the day and evening.

The management of Gizzi’s now consists of sisters Marisa and Leonora, ably assisted by their own children. They have invested in a complete refurbishment, with the help of Glasgow-based catering equipment suppliers QED.

The centrepiece of the relaunch is the QED ‘Avalon’ refrigerated display counters. They are continental-style straight glass counters designed to display sandwich ingredients, cooked meats, cheese, salads, cakes and other produce. They make the best possible presentation for Gizzi’s famous snacks.

Marisa and Leonora chose the QED Avalon counters following recommendations from other similar venues in Glasgow and are very pleased with the outcome. As well has having great visual appeal, the counters maintain a constant and reliable temperature in all ambient conditions.

In addition to the Avalon display counters, QED supplied a selection of other catering equipment, including a Velux grill, Lincat fryer, Merry Chef oven and pasta boiler.

Since the refurbishment, Gizzi’s is reporting an upturn in footfall and an increase in the average spend per head, spurred on by the improved ambience of the premises. In Marisa’s words: ‘We are attracting a better class of customers, who are consuming more of our snacks, with many people choosing to eat in rather than just carry food out.’

In conclusion, the Gizzi family are delighted with the equipment that they purchased from QED and the service they received from Robert Campbell and his team.
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