Superb Italian enoteca that feels and tastes like the real thing.
Marco Iacobelli owns two restaurants called Tempo Perso; one in his hometown Casalvieri in Lazio and the other in Bruntsfield. He travels between them every week, bringing charming Italian hospitality and the very best produce from each location to diners. Recently, a selection of spelt vegan tagliatelle was added to the menu and later this year a selection of dynamic wines, grown on vineyards in Casalvieri, will join the wine list. The menu is extensive but finely tuned; delicately flavoured pasta dishes like cacao e pepe with porcini and walnuts are offered alongside hearty prime cuts of Scottish beef. Italian twists on popular dishes like the polpette ‘burger’ or the Italy-meets-Scotland take on chicken stuffed with haggis and a whisky cream sauce shows off the more playful side of an otherwise serious restaurant. Excellent seafood dishes can be found on the specials menu; expect handsome bowls of mussels, clams and prawns, perched on top of fish fillets or folded through fresh egg pasta.
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- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 28
- Open since: 2014, March
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
- House wine: £18.90 per bottle