Gaia Delicatessen

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Gaia Delicatessen
32 Crighton Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4NY
  • Telephone 0131 553 7333
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–6pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 11am–4pm.
  • Average price £10 (lunch); £10 (evening meal)
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If you didn't know any better, the coastal tunes and cheery decor of Gaia, an Italian deli run by Nunzio Dragotta and his flock, could make you think you were having a meal in sunny Palermo. The majority of the patrons are Italian natives, adding to the illusion. For a quick lunch, grab one of the panini - try the mozzarella and homemade caponata version when it's available. Likewise, their pasta is homemade and the seafood diablo hits all the right spicy notes. Finishing the meal with a traditional canolo is the way to go – all of Gaia's baked goods and breads are produced by a Sicilian baker in town. Paired with the Italian imports they bring in to create true, authentic dishes, an affordable lunch here is hard to beat.

  • High point: Italian imports for proper panini
  • Low point: Downstairs toilet
  • Notable dish: Caponata Panino
  • Average price: £10 (lunch); £10 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Free to local businesses. Charge VAT for delivery.
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Italian music
  • Capacity: 20 (6-8)
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2006
  • BYOB: no charge corkage