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“Best food in Edinburgh ?”

Al Dente Restaurant
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Ranked #279 of 2,460 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$32
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Leith
Description: Secreted away on one of the quieter stretches of Easter Road is a sparkling jewel of Italian dining – Al Dente is quite simply glorious. The walls are covered with pictures of Italian movie stars and picturesque vistas and these evocative images, along with the tiled floor and simple wooden tables, imbue Al Dente with the earthy simplicity of old Italy. But do not be fooled by this rustic interior or the attractively affordable prices; this restaurant offers the finest food and the friendliest service. A roast pepper overflows with fat grains of arborio rice, subtle but vibrant flavours elevating homely fare to five-star standards. A similar trick is played with immaculately presented mains such as porcini mushroom risotto and chicken breast stuffed with asparagus and parmesan. The set lunch is fantastic value; that diners can enjoy two courses of locally sourced, seasonal food, beautifully cooked for only £7.50 seems almost preposterous, if wonderfully so.High point: Beautiful, affordable foodLow point: The shop front is not as welcoming as the staff within
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best food in Edinburgh ?”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

My wife and daughter have raved about this little restaurant for some time. This was my first visit. It was one of the best meals I have ever experienced and to be honest until now indifferent Italian food would not be my first choice. Every course was a taste sensation. The chef really knows how to balance flavours. Seafood pasta to die for!

  • Visited April 2014
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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Italian restaurant”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

My wife and myself have visited Al dente in the past and have enjoyed the food immensely. On Tuesday 25.03.14 they had one their regular theme nights, this was a 'Roman' night , the first one we have attended. Canapes & Prosecco to start & four courses of wonderful Italian food with excellent wine to accompany each course. The proprietor, Graziano gave a short entertaining talk about the history of the region and also the food and a description of the recipies & cooking method. A very enjoyable evening & terrific value. Future 'theme' nights are promised & we look forward to them with anticipation. Authentic Italian cuisine and a must for foodies.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Satchmo2
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great girly lunch!”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Me and my 2 friends had a lunch stop here while bridesmaid dress shopping! Was very yummy. Great risotto and red wine :) Great service too!

  • Visited March 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Italian food!!!!”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

I have heard about this restaurant and always wanted to try it - I was not disappointed.
I had a Bresaola Carpaccio to start with and their home made aubergine and ricotta ravioli served with butter and sage sauce, which was simply delicious!
My partner tried the broccoli flan with a beetroot reduction, and risotto with butternut squash and parmesan to follow, which she thoroughly enjoyed. It's nice to see there are Italian restaurants which serve different and exciting food.
Al dente is definitely is a different type of Italian restaurant. I would definitely recommended!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank craig c
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Exceptional and authentic taste of Italy”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Fourth time at this Italian eatery and never had a mediocre dish yet. Graziano brings a little touch of Bari to Scotland. If you are a foodie it would be a sin not to sample some of these authentic delights.

  • Visited March 2014
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