La Vita George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Breakfast at La Vita Pizzeria at George Square, Glasgow, Scotland 2017. The chocolate fudge cake, an exception to the breakfast menu, is mine.
Text & Photo © JE Nilsson, CM Cordeiro 2017

It was the search for a traditional Scotch pie for breakfast that brought me to La Vita at 161 Queen St. The interiors of this pizzeria is warm, conveyed mostly by its dark wood panels, reflecting of gold-cognac hues from the ceiling lamps and surrounding decor. We were immediately greeted by our waiter who inquired after our stay thus far in Scotland. He wanted to know if we had planned to do some sight seeing for the day. His recommendation for sight seeing was for us to head down to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum that housed one of his favourite art pieces, which is a painting entitled Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí made in 1951. It was his absolute go-to piece of art work to spend hours contemplating. It reminded him of his daughter, who also loved that painting by Dalí.

It was not through a browse of menu but rather what I saw on display in a separate desserts shelf display near the main counter of this pizzeria that landed me the choice of item for breakfast. I asked if a slice of chocolate cake was available to be served in these hours of the morning. The answer without hesitation, was yes. What appeared in front of me was more than what I had expected. It was a slice of chocolate fudge cake, warmed, topped with vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce. It made me smile. And yes, we did find time during our stay in Glasgow, to make our way to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There, we too spent time with Dalí, contemplating his rendering of Christ of Saint John of the Cross.

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