Best Italian restaurants in Edinburgh
Get much more than pizza and pasta at the city's top Italian restaurants
The capital's Italian scene finds itself in reassuringly decent shape. Family-run neighbourhood stalwarts continue to satisfy loyal bands of returning regulars amid a sprinkling of polished venues where precise cuisine leans on the finest imported ingredients. Stylish communal dining offers thoughtfully composed small plates, and street snacks continue to emerge alongside a handful of restaurants striving to elevate the humble pizza. Well-sourced regional vino remains plentiful and you never have to wander too far to get a comforting bowl of carbs.
Contini George Street
103 George Street, New Town, EH2 3ES
A 2017 revamp saw the Continis hitting all the right notes: delicious and deceptively simple food in a beautiful setting.
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Locanda de Gusti
102 Dalry Road, Dalry, EH11 2DW
Dedication to the best ingredients and the joy of eating give this unassuming Italian restaurant a life-affirming flavour.
locandadegusti.com | read our review of Locanda de Gusti
27–29 Marshall Street, Newington, EH8 9BJ
Casual communal dining in smart stripped-back interior with an appealing array of small plates and carefully crafted pizzas.
Read our review of WILDMAN