Taste of Italy

Taste of Italy
9 Baxter's Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AF
  • Telephone 0131 557 9998
  • Seasonal times Festival: Sun–Thu 8am–1am; Fri/Sat 8am–3am.
  • Food served Sun–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri/Sat 8am–midnight.
  • Email
  • Website www.vittoriagroup.co.uk
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Bustling all-day eatery, handy for the Playhouse, with a cheerful style and simply prepared, excellent-value food.

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No matter what frame of mind you’re in when you step into Taste of Italy, you'll be caught up in the cheerful and welcoming warmth of what is, indeed, a taste of informal Italian café culture. Slap bang in the middle of the city-centre action, and handy for Playhouse theatregoers, this casual café, diner and takeaway is a slick and well-honed operation. Its flexible menu offers honest, home-cooked Italian classics, albeit with a more Scottish-themed selection at breakfast. Nourishing, chunky minestrone soup is a veritable vegetable garden while mixed antipasti makes for a more sophisticated choice, with gentle curls of Parma ham, olives and thinly sliced salami surrounding a ball of creamy mozzarella. Pizzas come in two sizes, with the folded-over calzone a golden package of ham, mushroom and spicy sausage topped with bright tomato sauce and cubes of parmesan. Ravioli taste is the signature choice from a long list of pasta dishes, its garlicky porcini sauce well-matched to the squares of soft pasta filled with spinach and ricotta.

The List's rating
6.6

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Carol Main visited Taste of Italy on 18 March 2019
  • High point: Great value, service and location
  • Low point: Can't reserve in advance
  • Notable dish: Traditional minestrone soup
  • Average price: £11.50 (lunch); £11.50 (dinner)
  • Delivery: £3.50 plus £0.35 processing fee; Mon–Fri 9am–4pm
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Italian pop
  • Capacity: 65
  • Largest group: No reservations
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £14.95 (1litre carafe) per bottle