Giuliano's on the Shore
This review is taken from the 2014 edition.
Leith’s Shore may have seen much alteration over the past decades, but perched on the corner of Commercial Street this unassuming eatery has stood the test of time, blithely continuing to serve classic fare to both locals and a staunch cohort of older-generation Italian immigrants seeking a taste of home in each other’s company. The atmosphere is welcoming and unfussy, and it’s clear that the place enjoys a loyal following: singer/accordionist Robert Enzo has being charming the patrons every Monday night for nigh-on twenty years to the chink of glasses and gentle applause. The food is fine, though nothing revolutionary. A tasty and spicy selection of cold meats and some good home-made breads are followed by agnolotti ai porcini with a thick, full-flavoured sauce and unabashedly cheese-laden pizze. Desserts are this Giuliano’s Achilles heel: a two-dimensional panna cotta comes in a store-bought sauce and the tiramisu, topped with a glacé cherry, is soggy and bland. Overall, though, it’s not so much about the food – this is a neat little neighbourhood joint with a sweetness all of its own.
- High point: Bonhomie and real Italians
- Low point: Desert before the desserts
- Notable dish: Foccacia with rosemary and olive oil is a delight
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Live music on Monday night
- Capacity: 130
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 1993
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle