La Favorita (Takeaway)
A slick and confident operation based halfway down Leith Walk, with an outlying takeaway/delivery hub on Morningside Road, La Favorita's pizzas have set a marker for the genre in Edinburgh, the blast of heat from proper wood-fired ovens giving the dough its distinctively smoky flavour and charred edge. Now available in two sizes – 10-inch and 14-inch – the base-line margherita stands by the classic Italian insistence on few ingredients, chosen well. There's little wrong with this option, but toppings can get quite sophisticated – cacio e pere, for example, has pecorino and pear, with no tomato sauce, and there's no shortage of choice, with pastas, side dishes and gluten-free options.
Not for nothing does owner Tony Crolla boast that La Favorita offers 'the best pizza in Edinburgh'. His tasty, log-fired pizzas have become his calling card, arriving at your door with as much flavour and zing as you'd expect from its restaurant counterpart. Their Vesuvio arrives oozing tomato, mozzarella, spicy sausage, chicken, peppers and jalapeños, while other staples such as their bruschetta manage to retain a succulent garlicky kick, without turning soggy in transit. Pastas are probably best left for the full dining-in experience but you wonder why anybody would veer away from their plentiful pizza menu anyway when, whisper it now, Mr Crolla has a point.
- Delivery: Deliveries to postal areas EH1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 15. Order costing less than £40 are charged £1.50. £2 to EH 4 and 9. Free for delivery over £40.