Smile Cafe, 102 Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow



Santino and Rocco, operate this dinky cafe/takeaway. Hailing from Southern Italy, these lads know their food (and coffee but more on that later).



Located near to our new love, Hippo Beers, Smile is a little box of food heaven.  As you go in you are greeted by the smells of Italy, grilled vegetables, breads and of course coffee.







Samples of a range of sandwiches, pizza, bruschetta as well as cake was on offer.  All delicious, moist and bursting with fresh flavours.  A special mention must be made of the gluten free chocolate cake.  I’m not a huge fan of choccie cake, but this was amazing.  Light, not stodgy at all, not overpowering and so moist.  It went perfectly with the Kimbo coffee


I have never heard of Kimbo but am now a convert.  I tend to avoid espresso as it can be bitter, but here it is smooth.  We were talked through why Kimbo is good coffee, due to the mix of beans to create a smooth, non bitter taste.   Cute cups with coffee served napoli style (a dollop of sweet crema topping) left a smile on my face (and thats rare!).


2013-01-17 21.03.19

We certainly will be back to try more food and buy some coffee to make at home too.


2013-01-17 20.33.082013-01-17 20.33.02

Smile Cafe on Urbanspoon




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

Recommended Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.