About Piccolino Edinburgh
Piccolino, a good find
First restauarnt in a few that didn't need to be reminded that booking was a 5pm deal. Carpaccio as a starter, was okay but parmesan would be better shaved rather than grated.
Spaghetti vongole was good. Tiramisu unfortunately lacked a bit of flavour.
Overall though meal was tasty, all good value, pleasant atmosphere and service was friendly but still polite (nice change from too chummy, which annoys), prompt and attentive (while still giving a bit of space). Would certainly give restaurant another visit.
Lovely little taste of Italy
Booked here before going to a show at the kings theatre ,as it's a block away. We'll be going there for pre theatre shows from now on. The food was tasty, portion sizes were perfect and can't fault the staff at all. They were so attentive. Extremely excellent value for money. Less than £80 for 4 of us having a bottle of wine, a glass of prosecco each with a main and dessert. Can't wait to go back.
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.