Neighbourhood Italian dining at its finest with a warm welcome, great service and top-notch cooking.
Mimmo and Carmelo Stornaiuolo have played to full houses in Edinburgh for around half a century. And in the eight years since opening their current venture Nonna’s – named in tribute to their respective mothers – they have continued their recipe for success. This is neighbourhood dining at its best, with regulars and newcomers alike welcomed warmly by son Gino and his front of house team. There’s a solid menu with an occasional twist on the usual suspects and the odd exuberant flourish, such as ravioli filled with pumpkin imported from Cremona, and a reasonably priced wine list. The focus on quality produce is evident in starters such as scallops with black pudding and pesto. But it’s the specials list that allows Mimmo to showcase his skills. Here are daily changing offerings such as simple but exquisite sea bass with aubergine and potatoes or perhaps monkfish pieces in tomato and basil served with arborio rice. For dessert, it’s difficult to see past the old favourites, perhaps vanilla panacotta – a no-frills traditional dish that is, of course, expertly executed.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy Listening/Jazz
- Capacity: 42
- Largest group: 20/25
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £17.85 per bottle
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