- Telephone 0131 652 1932
- Food served Mon 5.45–10pm; Tue–Thu noon–-2pm, 5.45–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–-2pm, 5.45–10pm. Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5.30–6.45pm
- Average price £13 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £13
- Website www.al-dente-restaurant.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Al Dente is a small, rustically decorated venue that boasts two draws: country-wide Italian cooking from Chef Antonio and an enthusiastic Italian welcome from patron Graziano. The menu is seasonal and aspires to give the diner the whole of Italy, with dishes like Roman saltimbocca, sweet and heady with Parma ham and sage, or cassata Siciliana (a traditional marzipan-covered sponge with candied peel). Options like Neapolitan pasta stuffed with sea-bass or traditional Puglian orecchiette served with a lamb ragu show off Italy’s range of flavours. Occasionally the cooking misses its ambitious targets, but after a few glasses of reasonably priced Montepulciano, and some energetic storytelling from Graziano, you could be in a forgiving mood. The highlight of the month is the popular themed evening: a one-off menu showcasing a city or region with matching wines. Often the ingredients are flown in (sometimes by Graziano himself) from Italy that day. It is here that Al Dente can shine, with unique meals and their stories for diners wanting something just a little bit different.
- High point: Real breadth in the menu caters for most tastes
- Low point: The odd lapse in concentration mars an otherwise authentic experience
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Italian Contemporary
- Capacity: 24
- Largest group: 14
- Open since: 2008
- House wine: £13.80 per bottle
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