About Piccolino Edinburgh
The food and the service was excellent. Every dish ordered was tasty and it was great value for money. Friendly service and will definitely be back.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Piccolino Edinburgh
My wife and I made a last minute decision to eat out last night and found a table available at Piccolino through the 5PM website. We were extremely pleased with the thoroughly delicious and ample portions of authentic Italian food. The kitchen was short staffed due to illness and led to quite a long wait. Apologies were provided by the waiter and we were given a portion of very large olives to tide us by until our entrees arrived. I have eaten at many Italian restaurants in Edinburgh but this was far and away the best. As we live just 10 minutes away on foot, Piccolino will definitely be our first choice for Italian food in the future.
Cosy Italian in Tollcross
Piccolino is a welcoming Italian bistro on High Riggs in Edinburgh’s Tollcross. Hung with hams, sausages and cheeses, it is a compact and laidback space. Piccolino is the sort of venue that works equally well for a low key date; a convivial dinner with a group of friends or a catch-up with a pal you have not seen for a while.
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.
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.