About Piccolino Edinburgh
Arrived slightly earlier that reservation time and there was no problem to get a table. Staff were attentive, easy to find location and food was amazing. Great value.
Piccolino is a little gem of a restaurant, the food is delicious and the service is relaxed and friendly.
The two course deal is exceptional value for money, I would recommend Piccolino to anyone.
Award-winning Italian restaurant in Tollcross
Piccolino is a well-praised Italian bistro in Edinburgh’s Tollcross, just a stroll away from the King’s Theatre. Filled with rustic, country Italian touches, it is a cosy and relaxing space for a meal. It has also been picking up awards left, right and centre. After being named ‘Scotland’s Best Newcomer’ in 2018, it has since gone on to win ‘Best Italian Restaurant in Edinburgh 2019’, and ‘Scotland’s Best Pasta 2019’. In other words, it is definitely worth popping down for a meal to sample the first class fare.
Simple Italian dishes
Piccolino doesn’t offer dozens of different choices. Instead, the kitchen concentrates on eight starters and around sixteen main courses. The emphasis is on keeping everything simple and letting the ingredients sing. Popular starters include the marinated octopus salad, the Caprese salad and the bresaola – air-dried beef charcuterie – on a bed of rocket and Parmesan.
The main courses feature familiar dishes prepared as authentically as possible. For example, the ragu sauce is made with venison while the clam spaghetti is topped with grated mullet bottarga. Away from the pasta, gnocchi and risotto options, more meaty choices might be the British sirloin served on rocket and Parmesan or the rolled chicken breast filled with mozzarella, sun-dried tomato and basil. A seafood option might be the sea bass fillet filled with speck and tomato sauce while a typical veggie dish would be the roasted pepper filled with fregola, mozzarella and sun-dried tomato.
Award winning restaurant
Some of Piccolino’s recent awards include:
- Edinburgh’s Best Italian Restaurants in Top 10 list according to independent
- Tripadvisor reviews featured in Edinburgh Evening News. (22nd Oct 2019)
- Scotland’s Best Pasta – Scottish Italian Awards 2019
- Best Italian Restaurant 2019 in Edinburgh – Global Hospitality Awards 2019
- Scotland’s Best New Comer – Scottish Italian Awards 2018
Tollcross attractions and transport links
Piccolino is on High Riggs. There is limited on-street parking in the area. Haymarket train station is a brisk fifteen minute walk from the restaurant and there are several bus stops with services running to and from Edinburgh’s city centre. Local attractions include the King’s Theatre; the Odeon, Cameo and Filmhouse cinemas plus the Meadows.