I’ve reviewed La Locanda previously when it was trading as Locanda Marina and Cafe Marina before that. It’s a place I’ve generally viewed as a fairly reliable spot that was priced to reflect its touristy location.
Since those days, it has undergone a slick makeover and is now fairly squarely an Italian restaurant with Scottish influence. Prices are now firmly restaurant not cafe, so I was interested to see if quality had been upped accordingly.
On a very blustery lunchtime, I was initially their only customer but the place was quickly half full with the arrival of a couple of large parties.
They have a focussed a la carte selection which is augmented with a daily changing specials board. I ordered from the latter opening with their mushroom soup then following with tortellini Bolognese.
The starter promptly arrived topped with parmesan gratings and some lightly toasted focaccia. It was a hearty mushroom soup with good creaminess to it. £6.90 did seem a little steep for a soup that was effortlessly trounced by a similar bowl that I had the next day for half the money at Strumpets, though.
The main course was a very generous portion of stuffed pasta with a classic, simple, flavour-packed Bolognese sauce. I enjoyed it.
So overall, La Locanda is delivering dishes that will please at a price that probably makes decent sense for early evening dining, but feels just a touch steep for lunchtime. I liked both my dishes and found the place quite stylish with service attentive and to the point. Give it a look next time it catches you’re passing.
Blythe scores La Locanda
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: vellutata di funghi, tortellini Bolognese
I drank: water
I wore: classic scarf
Total bill: £20.90
Address: 61 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BS