Pizza - @pizza

@pizza

20th March 2018 6.30pm

www.atpizza.com

Pizza is delicious. Pizza can be in your mouth much faster at @pizza with their miraculous speedy pizza cooking machine. Hidden a little just off Queensferry Street, @pizza is an urban, almost fast food, dining experience where you can choose how your pizza is constructed and have it cooked within a couple of minutes. If you find that a little daunting, they do have some standard combinations, ready designed, you can choose from instead. We formed an orderly queue at the toppings counter after having a look at the menu and getting an idea of how we would construct our pizzas. Firstly you get a choice of base, then the sauce, cheese and lastly your toppings. There are over 30 toppings and finishes you can have on your pizza, so you should be able to find the right combination to please your palate. I chose the sourdough base, the classic tomato sauce, mozzarella pearls, spicy sausage, roquito peppers, mushrooms and basil. My friend had many more toppings than me, which made me regret not being as adventurous but never mind. A short wait later and the pizzas were ready. We ordered drinks and paid and went to get stuck in.

@pizza

@pizza

The pizzas themselves are not round but oblong. They were cut before being handed over, so no need for cutlery. The toppings were great, although I wish I’d asked for more basil. The base was superb and we were really impressed on how well it was cooked after such a short time. It all tasted so fresh and satisfying. We were suitably impressed. Soft drinks are of the craft type so have nice, unusual flavours which include free refills. The wine came in a little sealed glass which was quite cute.

Pizza - @pizza

Pizza – @pizza

If you are looking to craft your own pizza, you can’t go wrong with @pizza with it’s choice and speed.

Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 6/10
Value – 9/10

Overall – 33/40

Would I eat here again? Yes

Cost – voucher was £15 for two pizzas and a glass of wine or beer each (I substituted to a soft drink). Real cost likely around £27.

Italian Salami Pizza - Pizza Posto

Pizza Posto

3rd August 2017 1pm

https://pizzaposto.co.uk/

In the site of the former beloved pizza joint Tutto Matto, Pizza Posto is in a perfect location just across from the Festival Theatre. With a stripped down menu, Pizza Posto offers just 8 pizzas, but wow were they tasty. I ordered myself the number 5 – tomato sugo, mozzarella, spicy Italian salami and olive oil. My friend chose the number 4 – nduja sauce, Tuscan sausage, Italian broccoli, mozzarella and olive oil.

Italian Salami Pizza - Pizza Posto

Italian Salami Pizza – Pizza Posto

The pizzas came out really quickly and were a good size. The tomato sugo topping was delicious and the large discs of salami were perfect. I would have liked a little less crust on my pizza, with the topping actually reaching the crust rather than a bit of empty base but that was really my only negative. On the other side of the table, my friend was also enjoying her pizza. The Italian broccoli wasn’t quite what she expected and felt like it was a cross between broccoli and spinach but thought it was tasty nevertheless. We both managed to polish off the pizzas, which indicated they were just the right size for a hearty lunch.

Tuscan Sausage Pizza - Pizza Posto

Tuscan Sausage Pizza – Pizza Posto

There are a few desserts should you fancy but we were full.

We enjoyed our trip but I did have one really bizarre negative. We were sat in the lower part of the restaurant and my seat was next to a cut out design feature in the divider part of the wall, which the speaker seemed to face, albeit at a bit of a distance. However, the way the sound travelled actually gave me a ringing ear, like I’d been to a gig, which lasted well over an hour after our visit. Weird. Anyway, don’t let that put you off, just choose your table wisely!

Food – 9/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere- 7/10
Value – 10/10

Overall – 34/40

Would I eat here again? Yup!

Cost £20 for two pizzas, a peroni and a Diet Coke

Bruscetta - La Favorita

La Favorita

24th May 2017 7.30pm

www.vittoriagroup.co.uk/lafavorita/

This was a long overdue catch up with fellow bloggers Emma from Vegan Edinburgh and Ann from A Quirky Lifestyle. We usually let Emma pick the venue as her requirements are a higher priority. She was shocked to hear that whilst I’d had take away from La Favorita, I’d not actually dined in. Ann hadn’t either, so this had to be rectified. I booked a table, and we were given the opportunity to give any dietary requirements and to let them know if the booking was for a special event. So we forewarned them that we had a vegan in our midsts.

It was a little hectic on arrival, with little space by the reception desk, which is situated after the bar area. Our table wasn’t ready so we sat in the waiting area for about 5 minutes or so before being seated. Once seated at our table, Emma double checked the vegan options (click here for the Vegan Edinburgh review) with the waitress. After scanning the generously sized menu, I went for the calamari fritti followed by a 10 inch Hawaii pizza (14 inch are also available). Emma chose bruschetta followed by the vegetariana but with vegan cheese substituting the standard cheese. Ann went for crocchette di merluzzo (fish cakes) and asked for a pizza recommendation from the waitress. She gave three options and Ann chose the Campione di Scozia. A G&T, Diet Coke and a cocktail were also ordered (the latter again on recommendation of the waitress).

When the first course came, they were in a variety of sizes. The bruschetta was huge and the fishcakes were small and my calamari fritti were somewhere in the middle. The fritti actually consisted of both baby squid and anchovies. The squid was nice, particularly when dipped in the garlic mayonnaise. However, I was a little disappointed with the anchovies as they were unbelievably salty. They also broke as you tried to pick one up, so it almost ended up as a salty, fishy crumb, which was a shame. The bruschetta was large so if you don’t eat it quickly the bread can become a little soggy. However, it went down well. I think just be mindful of portion sizes and balance it well with your choice of mains. The crocchette di merluzzo were also being enjoyed and the plate was cleared.

The pizzas followed shortly after and the 10 inch pizzas were definitely big enough after a starter. There was plenty of topping on my pizza and the flavours were really good. I love a good thin base and this was pretty decent. I couldn’t manage to finish it all though but had made a valiant effort. The Campione di Scozia pizza was generally well received but she found the cheese a little too much. She didn’t make as much headway with her pizza but was offered a take out box in order to transport it home, which she took them up on. The vegetariana was wolfed down. It appeared that the way La Favorita dispersed the vegan cheese as a topping has changed by using smaller cubes, making the pizza much more enjoyable. A thumbs up for the vegan option.

We were all way too stuffed to have dessert, but La Favorita offers some decent pizzas.

Food – 7/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 30/40

Would I eat here again? Probably

Cost £63 for three starters and mains plus a cocktail, a G&T and a Diet Coke

Origano

Origano

21st March 2017 6pm

www.origano-leith.co.uk

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.

Origano

Origano

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.

Antipasto Mixed - Origano

Antipasto Mixed – Origano

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

Hot Hot Sausage Pizza - Civerinos

Civerinos

30th August 2016 5.50pm

www.civerinos.com

Civerinos (pronounced chiv-er-inos) is situated on Hunter Square. I had been meaning to come here for some time but the tone of their Instagram feed made me a little wary that it might be quite a blokey environment. However the lure of pizza tempted us in and my wariness was unfounded.

Beer - Civerinos

Beer – Civerinos

The environment was actually perfectly fine. We dropped in so were given a little over an hour to eat (as the table we were given was booked for later), which we managed but may have struggled if we had ordered starters. However, we wanted a pizza each so skipped the starters, although there were plenty of options tempting me, such as calamari and bruschetta. I was umming  and ahhing over which pizza to have, a bit worried that the hot hot sausage might be a bit too much for me. However a lad sat next to us (communal dining) chipped in to assure me it wasn’t too hot, so I took a gamble. My dining companion went for the BBQ pork.

We weren’t waiting long before the pizzas arrived. Large in size but very thin and crispy, which is my favourite type of pizza. The toppings are sparse but somehow seems right in order not to overload the thin pizza. Mine came with an additional bottle of hot sauce. Whilst I added a little on, I didn’t think it really added anything to the pizza. Otheriwse, it was a flavoursome pizza that hit the spot. On the other side of the table, the BBQ pizza was going down well, although there were a couple of bits of hot chilli that caught her a bit off guard with their heat. She definitely enjoyed her pizza and indicated she happily visit again.

BBQ Pork Pizza - Civerinos

BBQ Pork Pizza – Civerinos

We enjoyed our pizzas but we think next time we’d have a starter each and share a pizza to get the most out of the menu.

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 7/10

Overall – 31/40

Would I eat here again? Most likely

Cost – just under £40 for two pizzas, one beer and three diet cokes

Diavola pizza - Wildmanwood Pizza

Wildmanwood Pizza

NOW CLOSED

3rd August 2016 at 1pm

www.facebook.com/wildmanwoodpizza

This property on Marshall Street has changed hands several times in the last few years. Now as Wildmanwood Pizza, could it now find a permanent resident? It has trendy stripped interiors but still manages to be comfortable. We sat at one of the window benches, perfect for watching the world go by.

Wild garlic aioli - Wildmanwood Pizza

Wild garlic aioli – Wildmanwood Pizza

It will come as no surprise for you to learn that Wildmanwood offers pizza. They also offer some salads on the lunch menu we tried, for the health conscious of you. We obviously went for pizza. The choices offer some of the standard toppings such as the margherita and diavola to some more unusual combinations. I went for the diavola and my dining partner went for a morcilla and apple pickle pizza (see -unusual). Wildmanwood also offer a number of dips. We went for the wild garlic aioli.

Diavola pizza - Wildmanwood Pizza

Diavola pizza – Wildmanwood Pizza

We didn’t have to wait too long for the food. The pizzas were of a decent size but not too overfacing, particularly for lunch. Mine was quite nice and I did like the fact there was some rocket on it. It was very tomato heavy rather than cheesy, which I liked but it’s not everyone’s bag. The aioli was absolutely delicious and I ate more crust than I really should have managed due to this beauty. Next to me, the morcilla and Apple pickle pizza was not quite as good. She felt the apple didn’t taste that pickled and didn’t really work on a pizza, at least in big chunks. That being said, she still liked the pizza overall and felt it was cooked well.

Morcilla and apple pickle pizza - Wildmanwood Pizza

Morcilla and apple pickle pizza – Wildmanwood Pizza

Wildmanwood Pizza is good place if you are looking for something a bit different.

Food – 7.5/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7.5/10
Value – 9/10

Overall- 32/40

Would I eat here again? Probably

Cost £19 for two pizzas, 1 dip and two soft drinks.

Tutto Matto

NOW CLOSED

4th December 2015 6.30pm

http://tuttomatto.co.uk/

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.

Frozen Strawberry Margarita - Tutto Matto

Frozen Strawberry Margarita – Tutto Matto

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!).

Hawaii Pizza - Tutto Matto

Hawaii Pizza – Tutto Matto

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

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