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Italian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world - and it’s easy to see why. The amount of variety is staggering: crisp-based pizzas with the freshest of toppings, handmade pasta glistening with a whole host of sauces, tender grilled meat and fish dishes, and decadent desserts. But where’s the best place to find a blend of authenticity, quality and fantastic flavour? That’s where we come in...if you’re looking for the finest Italian restaurants Edinburgh plays home to, take a look through our list.
Honest, sincere and simple is what the Locanda De Gusti team promise...and that’s exactly what you’ll get. In a restaurant that blends the contemporary and the rustic, diners can experience a true taste of Naples in a cosy and intimate environment - perfect for a date night. The menus change regularly, but you can expect dishes like fresh pasta with a rich and meaty ragu, a mix of super-fresh grilled seafood, and a classic, creamy tiramisu. There’s gluten-free pasta on offer too, as well as plenty of meat-free choices.
Locanda De Gusti, 102 Dairy Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2DW
Popular amongst pre-theatre diners, Frizzante in the West End is a contemporary and classy place. We love the blend of exposed brickwork with modern booth-style seating and plenty of greenery - it’s a beautiful place to dine. Food-wise, the team embrace vegetarian and gluten-free diners, and everyone else too - it’s a seriously friendly place with plenty of choice. The pizzas are fantastic, but for us, their homemade lasagne, oozing with cheese and bechamel sauce, is hard to beat.
Frizzante Proseccheria, 95 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AW
If you’re in the New Town and fancy an Italian meal in a seriously glamorous setting, Contini George Street is hard to beat. Its Georgian columns, huge windows and ornate ceiling give the place an elegant feel, but we love the buzzing environment that’s not excessively formal. The menu’s designed to be served tapas-style for the whole table to share: our highlights are the crispy mozzarella filled arancini, the salty Parma ham with fresh peaches and ricotta, and the moreish warm bomboloni doughnuts from the dessert menu - the epitome of decadence.
Contini George Street, 103 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
This former inn in Newhaven opened as Sasso in 2016, named after an Italian mountain range that you’ll see depicted in a beautiful mural on the wall inside. The bright and airy dining room is a seriously chic place to eat, and we definitely recommend relaxing in the beautiful bar area with a drink pre- or post-meal too. The menu’s well-balanced, with a good range of pasta, pizza and meat/fish dishes (try the beautifully tender shin of beef), and their cocktail menu is truly outstanding.
Sasso Bar & Cucina, 100 Lindsay Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4TZ
If you want atmosphere, Divino Enoteca has it by the bucketload. The basement restaurant and wine bar is a hidden gem with a sophisticated and exclusive vibe, right in the heart of the Old Town. We love it for romantic nights out, and the award-winning food matches the atmosphere. Whether as a starter, a lunch, or a light bite with one of their amazing wines, we can’t get enough of the Grand Antipasto Divino: an amazing selection of tasty cured meats, fresh cheeses and plump, juicy olives.
Divino Enoteca, 5 Merchant Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD
Locanda De Gusti’s sister restaurant, as you’ve probably guessed from the name, focuses on traditional, artisan Neapolitan pizza. Inside, it’s got that relaxed feel of dining in a friend’s living room, heightened by the friendly, all-Italian staff. The food here may be simple, but the ingredients are clearly top notch. Our recommendations? Share the fritto misto to start, beautifully cooked and served in a paper cone, and try the 1926 pizza, topped with salty cured ham, crisp diced potatoes and beautifully smoked mozzarella.
Pizzeria 1926, 85 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AA
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