I ran into Michele Civiera, owner of Civerino’s and Civerino’s Slice, outside the latter just after it had opened. He’s quite a character and he was full of his usual ebullient charm.
He outlined the concept of the new place: all pizzas 20″, several by the slice, New York style. He cautioned me against visiting immediately as bedding-in was required and to let him know when I was planning to visit. I stuck to the first but ignored the second, with my first visit during a recent Grubcrawl.
On a second visit, I was joined by regular guest questers Hayley, Ingrida and Jessica.
The place is first come, first served with no option to book. The atmosphere is consequently abuzz with fairly frenetic action.
Service is brisk and friendly. We were directed to the full menu and the daily changing list of slices and left to contemplate our choices over a tumbler of prosecco.
We settled upon a half and half pizza of the pineapple controversy and the parmigiana.
The former enters the fray on the debate as to whether the Hawaiian pizza is acceptable or heresy. Regular readers will know what side of the debate I favour.
This version features smoked pork shoulder from Reekie’s Barbecue and charred pineapple. It is excellent. If you’re ever going to change to the side of pineapple pizza virtue, this is the dish to do it.
After initial slices were consumed when a little too hot and floppy, we soon worked out than when they were allowed to cool ever so slightly they became ideal fold-and-shove-faceward material.
With the first pie consumed, we added some additional slices and tried their pizza fries. Again, much satisfaction was had with the fries topped with excellent sausage and a load of melty cheese.
So overall, Civerino’s Slice brings yet further diversity to our Edinburgh pizza options. It’s right up there with the best and it offers a really enjoyable informal dining experience. I’d strongly recommend a visit next time the pizza mood takes you.
Blythe scores Civerino’s Slice
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
Today’s questers were: Hayley, Ingrida, Jessica, Blythe
We ate: pineapple controversy, parmigiana, pepperoni and grizzly pear pizzas
We drank: prosecco
We wore: capes and masks
Total bill: £68
Address: 49 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QP