Locanda de Gusti
- Telephone 0131 346 8800
- Seasonal times Closed first two weeks of July
- Food served Mon–Wed 5–10.30pm; Thurs–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5–10.30pm; Sat noon–10.30pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Website www.locandadegusti.com
Dedication to the best ingredients and the joy of eating give this unassuming Italian restaurant a life-affirming flavour.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
You could trip over the fresh produce in Locanda de Gusti. There it is, proudly displayed just inside the door – boxes of gleaming aubergines, tomatoes and lemons, waiting to be whisked into the kitchen and transformed into dishes that retain all the freshness and flavour the raw ingredients promise. Chef-patron Rosario Sartore has gone back to basics at his Dalry Road trattoria with a daily-changing menu that majors on high quality Scottish meat and fish, and vegetables sourced from his native Campania. A starter of smoked mozzarella with tangy tomatoes and whole garlic cloves betrays its peasant origins with flavours as bracing as sunshine and sea air. A little futon of slow-cooked pork belly is feathery, meaty and melting, barbed with rosemary and served with a dish of crushed potato and chunks of fried courgette – no flourishes, just great food cooked with love. Pizza dough is made 24 hours ahead; bread is baked on the premises; everything tastes good and feels like it is doing you good.
- High point: Wonderful food in a lovely atmosphere
- Low point: You have to book well ahead to get a table
- Notable dish: Slow-cooked saddle of rabbit with Vesuvian tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs and touch of chilli
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Neapolitan lounge music
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: May 2014 in current location
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle