La Favorita

La Favorita
325–331 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8SA
  • Telephone 0131 554 2430
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
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Friendly Leith Walk spot for eating in, takeaway and delivery, offering some of Edinburgh's best pizza.

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Is this the best pizza in Edinburgh? Well … it’s pretty damn close. La Favorita has long dominated the Leith Walk pizza scene with its beautifully bubbly thin-crust pizzas and eclectic toppings, so its bold claim will take some disproving. From a traditional capricciosa through an adventurous parmigiano, which comes with delicate but tasty little aubergine shavings, to the quite simply outlandish zucca con nduja complete with sausage, pumpkin and crumbled amaretti biscuit, there is literally something for all tastes. Served up in its spacious restaurant, this is a no-nonsense experience for lovers of traditional Italian food with just a wee twist. Try starting with a pretty solid calamari fritti with garlic mayonnaise or a sourdough bruschetta tartufata topped with wild mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese. If you don’t fancy pizza, there are plenty of good-quality pasta dishes, including a very nice creamy tomato-based tagliatelle Tony Crolla with a spicy sausage kick, named after the proprietor, and a couple of impressive looking risottos. A decent tiramisu perfectly concludes a very pleasant meal.

The List's rating






Susan Smith visited La Favorita on 2 April 2018
  • High point: Great pizza
  • Low point: The room lacks atmosphere
  • Notable dish: Pizza Parmigiana
  • Average price: £11.95 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Wide delivery options through
  • Private dining: 20–25
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mix of everything
  • Capacity: 130
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £16.95 for 1 litre carafe per bottle

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