About Piccolino Edinburgh
We all enjoyed the meal
The risotto was amazing.
It was a bit further from the town centre than we thought but was definitely worth the walk. Although the food and drinks were really good it was the service that sets this restaurant apart from others. The staff were so nice and made us all feel really welcome.
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.
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.