March 16, 2016 Italian, Sandwich, West End 4 Comments


I was looking back at some old reviews, the other day, and one stood out as having missed the mark fairly substantially, particularly given it’s a place that has featured in our Guide to Edinburgh, frequently.

Interior counter

Interior counter

I speak of Maialino on William Street, which I reviewed shortly after it opened, but has since then grown into a huge favourite with me.

I usually visit early in the day for one of their bacon or pancetta rolls. These are without question the best breakfast rolls I’ve had in the city. I send people here all the time to sample them and few have disagreed with my assessment.

Today, I was making a very rare lunchtime visit so had my first chance to try one of their must-vaunted bresaola rolls.



Flaked grana padano, homemade lemon oil and rocket filled out the lovely fresh roll, which was then wrapped in gingham paper and handed over by friendly counter man/owner Claudio.

I ate on the go, but had to pause to take in the sheer quality of the ingredients. This was essentially a restaurant quality plate of beef carpaccio served on a roll. It was absolutely outstanding and one of the finest sandwiches I’ve had in a good long while.

So overall, it’s good to set the record straight on Maialino. It truly is one of our best sandwich delis in Edinburgh. I hear they do outside catering also, so next time you’re looking to impress the boss why not order from here for your working breakfast or lunch. You and your colleagues will be blown away.

Blythe scores Maialino
5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20

I ate: bresaola, grana padano, rocket, lemon oil

I wore: striped hat

Total bill: £4.20

Address: 34 William St, Edinburgh EH3 7LJ

Written by BKR