Locanda de Gusti

Locanda de Gusti
102 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2DW
  • 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. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.locandadegusti.com
Locanda de Gusti

Dedication to the best ingredients and the joy of eating give this unassuming Italian restaurant a life-affirming flavour.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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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