If you’re looking for the best of Edinburgh’s Italian restaurants to take your date, look no further.

Auld Reekie, as the locals so affectionately named it, is home to a whole host of authentic and delectable Italian eateries. Whether the two of you are linguine lovers or partial to a pizza – you’ll be spoilt for choice in Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital.
The question is, with such a tempting array of Italian restaurants, which will you choose? Here’s our pick of the best:

Jamie’s Italian

Snugly tucked away inside the historic Assembly Rooms, Jamie’s Italian in Edinburgh presents daters with a stunning array of authentic Italian cuisine.
The ethos of this simple dining concept is fresh, locally sourced ingredients, bold and simple flavours, and a relaxed way of sharing dishes.
Favourites from the menu include freshly made linguine packed with prawns or, for the more adventurous eaters, turkey Milanese with shaved truffle.
The restaurant itself is always buzzing and has a delightfully rustic feel.

Al Dente

Step off the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and into the heart of Italy with a romantic date at Al Dente Restaurant.
Staying loyal to tradition, Al Dente Restaurant serves dishes made from the freshest of ingredients, including cabbage dumplings and homemade pasta with sea bass puree, mussels and prawns.
Sticking to its Italian roots, this family owned restaurant boasts an intimate dining room that truly encapsulates the warm and welcoming atmosphere often associated with dining tradition in Italy, providing the two of you with a relaxed setting in which to enjoy each other’s company.


Just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street, Centotre restaurant offers a slick and sophisticated haven away from the crowds.
With crisp white linen tablecloths and furnishings, Centorte offers a chic dining destination for you and your date.
The hearty mains menu boasts homemade gnocchi and Loch Duart salmon, while the desserts list features delicate cakes and other such tasty treats.
Behind the bar, there is an impressive wine collection on display, so you can choose the perfect drink to accompany your meal as you wine and dine your way through a potentially unforgettable evening.

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