Best Italian Restaurants in Edinburgh for Pizza, Pasta and More

You may not expect to be able to find great Italian food in Edinburgh, but in actual fact you are spoilt for choice. There are a number of popular contemporary and traditional Italian restaurants in the city and many of them are family-run. If you want a pasta dish, an antipasto platter, a real pizza, or some great quality ice cream, you’ll find it at one of these restaurants. You’ll also find great wine, Italian beers on draft, and excellent coffee.

For delicious Italian food with a modern twist seek out the stylish Amarone located in a beautiful Georgian building on George Street. It was a finalist in the Scottish Restaurant of the Year awards Italian category and the food and the location is bound to impress. If you are looking for a more authentic experience, why not try Locanda De Gusti a cozy and friendly restaurant serving simple and delicious dishes.

For the best pizza in Edinburgh head down to Leith Walk to the ever popular La Favorita, the recent winner of the Best UK Pizza Restaurant. Their pizza is legendary, but they also serve delicious pasta, meat and fish dishes. Alternatively, head to Civerinos for Italian street food and an incredibly chic setting sure to impress your friends.

There’s always a warm welcome and lively atmosphere at city’s Italian restaurants and there’s no chance that you’ll leave feeling hungry! There are enough great Italian restaurants in Edinburgh for you to dine out every night of your stay. 

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La Lanterna has been serving delicious Italian food to Edinburgh for thirty years, fitting testament to the popularity of this friendly, family-run restaurant. The interior is clad in wood paneling and adorned with rose shaped cushions and...  Read More

Frizzante is the most recent venture of the charismatic and accomplished Don Pasquale and his son jonathan. Don Pasquale has been serving delicious Italian food to Edinburgh patrons for many years, and his son has clearly inherited his...  Read More

Dantes is a family-run Italian restaurant in Colinton, south west of the city center, which has a very good reputation with locals, but is perhaps less well known by tourists being a bit off the beaten track. The warm wood paneling combined with...  Read More

La Favorita specializes in delicious traditional pizza for which they won "Best UK Pizza Restaurant" in the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association Awards 2012. However, they also offer a wide variety of excellent pasta dishes and even have...  Read More

Origano cafe-restaurant aims to replicate the feel of a neighborhood pizzeria with simple, uncluttered decor, wooden furniture and generous portions of delicious Italian food at very reasonable prices. The menu is not large, but the freshly...  Read More

Contini Ristorante

Fresh Italian food, a huge menu and a good choice of wine make Contini Ristorante worth a visit if you are on George Street in the heart of the New Town. This clean, elegant restaurant serves a mixed clientele and it is friendly and informal....  Read More

Osteria Del Tempo Perso ("the lost time eatery") is a delightfully cozy new Italian restaurant on the corner of Bruntsfield Place. Patron Matteo Iacobelli has another restaurant with the same name located in Lazio, and he is clearly passionate...  Read More

Locanda De Gusti is a warm and friendly Italian restaurant on Dalry Road, in the west end of Edinburgh. The chef and owner Rosario Sartore made his mark on the Edinburgh food scene over a decade ago with the popular La Partenope. Locanda De...  Read More

Edinburgh has many Italian restaurants, but Civerinos offers something a little different. Situated beside the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town is has a great location. The interior is chic and understated with long wooden benches lit by...  Read More

Amarone is a stunning Italian restaurant located in Edinburgh's prestigious George Street. Housed in a beautiful 1930s art deco building, Amarone's interior is positively sumptuous. A high dome studded with circular windows towers above the...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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