21st March 2017 6pm
A friend recommended Origano quite a while ago and we finally got round to venturing in. Situated on Leith Walk, this restaurant has quite a romantic feel, beautifully lit with candles (although they do take up a large amount of the table). We had a look at the menus but also spotted some antipasto platters listed on the wall. When the waiter came to take our order, we asked whether a small or large plate would do as a starter to share between two and he suggested a small one would be sufficient, which was a nice, honest answer. We then were greedy and ordered a pizza each. Their smallest size is 11 inches but also offer a 14 and 16 inch for those with larger appetites or wishing to share (all 14in are available gluten free too). I opted for a calabrese pizza and my dining companion went for the gambero piccante.
The sharing platter arrived and the waiter was right about the size. This was perfect to share as a starter. The platter included baby mozzarella, santos tomatoes, bresaola, salami milano, coppa, parma ham, speck, rocket, grana padano, red pesto, garlic butter, mixed olives, sun-blushed tomatoes and warm focaccia (phew!). The whole lot was absolutely delicious. I think we both struggled to identify a favourite part as we enjoyed it all so much. A larger version would be good if you didn’t want pizza. I could happily have a small one to myself for lunch too.
Pizzas arrived and only just squeezed onto the table. I think you would struggle to fit them on if you had larger pizzas. They both had generous toppings. My calabrese was lovely. The spicy sausage was a little salty for my palate but still tasted good, with enough heat through it to give a delicate tingle to the mouth. I’d never had mascarpone on a pizza and really enjoyed this. It wasn’t overkill on top of the mozzarella, which was a pleasant surprise. The pizza also had a great crispy base. On the other side of the table the gambero piccante pizza also enjoyed. My friend enthused about the amount of topping on her pizza and seemed really satisfied with it.
Origano offers good value, tasty food in a lovely environment. It is definitely worth a visit.
Food – 9/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 33/40
Would I eat here again? Most definitely.
Cost £36 for one sharing platter, two pizzas and two diet cokes