Friendly neighbourhood Italian on Broughton Street
Asti is a casual Italian restaurant and cafe on Edinburgh’s ever lively Broughton Street. Open from morning to night, it serves coffee and cakes, lunch, after work drinks and evening meals. A bustling cafe space out front leads through to a slightly quieter dining room which looks out over leafy gardens.
Classic Italian trattoria dishes
Visitors to the nearby Playhouse make the most of the hearty pre-theatre menus at Asti while local workers keep the lunch menu trade rolling along. Good pasta, gnocchi and risotto dishes are at the heart of both menus. The a la carte adds in classic dishes like the saltimbocca, calamari, mussels in white wine and sirloin steaks with a variety of sauces. The antipasti platter is a popular starter as are the aubergine fritters with tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.
Completing the line-up are interesting daily specials, generous desserts and gorgeous fish dishes like the roast fillet of cod with a Parmesan crust, Puy lentils, pancetta and sauté potatoes.
Transport links & attractions around Broughton Street
Asti is on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street. The Omni Centre and Playhouse Theatre are a five minute walk while Waverley train station is a ten minute walk. There is a tram terminus at the top of Broughton Street and numerous bus routes run along nearby Leith Street, Leith Walk and York Place. On-street parking is limited. There is a pay car park in the nearby St James Centre.