4th December 2015 6.30pm
Tutto Matto is new on the block. They seem enthusiastic over social media, which was part of the reason I hurried myself there. Three of us were having our Xmas get together and we decided on trying this place out. One of my friends commented ‘it’s bigger on the inside’. The tardis-like qualities of this place never make it feel too big but at the same time you don’t feel like you are sat on each other. There were also lots of places to hang coats near your tables, which is a much preferred option in Edinburgh, particularly on this dreich evening. The staff were friendly without trying too hard but they were clearly keen to please.
Tutto Matto offer a massive amount of choice, from traditional to modern and not only offers pizza but burgers and pasta too. My friend, a self-declared selective eater, said that she could eat almost all of what was offered on the menu. Already resounding approval. Starters were available and offered variety. The whole menu is great value, with most things comfortably under £10. We decided to get some drinks. Two of us went for the very reasonably priced frozen strawberry margarita, the other a glass of wine. In the end, we went for two starters to share; voodoo chicken and chilli jam and goats cheese bruschetta. Then it was pizzas for all three of us. I went for a classic Hawaii, one went for Marrakech and the other Texan. Many of the pizzas are based on a round the world theme, including Edinburgh and Glasgow ones.
We were not kept too long for food. The voodoo chicken surprisingly juicy and had plenty of kick, although they were not much to look at. None of this ‘very spicy’ only to not even induce a tingle in the mouth experience here. The accompanying mayonnaise helped ease off the kick. The bruschetta solid offering and the chilli jam worked well with cheese but some may find it overly sweet (not me though!).
Now onto the star of the show – pizza. I was relieved to see that it was not too thick and there was plenty of topping, creating a really good base to topping ratio. They were great looking pizzas served on boards. Mine was delicious. Whilst I would actually prefer sliced ham, the chunks didn’t destroy the pizza for me. The pineapple was not too big but frequent, meaning that slices don’t collapse under the weight. The spring onion was a nice addition. The other two also enjoyed their pizzas and I was envious of both. This is just going to be an excuse for a return visit. One friend, who is notorious for not finishing her food, kindly had her leftovers placed in a take away box for her to enjoy later. No-one could think of a bad word to say about the food or the experience. We ordered more drinks and whilst we were warned on booking that we’d need to give the table back after two hours we never felt rushed.
Tutto Matto offers great value, good food and great music (a mixture of many classics that you can’t help but sing along to – quietly of course). This place will do well with students, considering its location but it is somewhere that everyone can enjoy. We even got given a couple of cards at the end offering a deal where buying one pizza and two drinks will give you a second pizza free. Good times! Go visit.
Food – 8.5/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 9/10
Value – 10/10
Overall – 36.5/40
Cost £62 for 2 starters, 3 pizzas, 4 frozen margaritas and 2 glasses of wine