- Telephone 0131 556 6590
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–midnight.
- Average price £18–£26.50 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £19.50
- Website www.giulianos.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
There’s a reason Giuliano’s has been a stalwart of the Edinburgh Italian scene since 1990. There is a vibrant buzz to the long, sprawling restaurant, which is effectively two adjoined rooms decorated with pictures representing each of the 22 regions of Italy. The size and breadth of the space mirrors the large menu of classics. Traditional appetisers like bruschetta and olives sit alongside more interesting hot antipasti like a spicy salsiccia con sugo, Italian sausage in a rich tomato sauce (flavoured with homemade chilli from the mother of partner Angelo Lordi). The dishes expected from an Italian restaurant are unpretentious and generous: piled plates of pasta and risotto that hit all the usual flavour notes, plus the standard pizzas. There is a big meat section to choose from, including a chateaubriand for under £25. Desserts are rich and, for those not interested in tiramisu, Musselburgh-made Luca’s ice-cream will round off the meal nicely, as will a shot of well-made espresso.
- High point: Honest Italian food in the heart of the city
- Low point: The generosity can leave you struggling to finish dessert
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- Private dining: Up to 70 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Pop music
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 1990
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle
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