Lido – CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT
The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley, to paraphrase the poet Burns. With today’s original lunchtime scheme of a visit to newly arrived pizza purveyor Hey Pizza having been consigned to the aft agley pile, regular guest quester Amy and I headed for Lido, on Commercial Street, to see whether they might step into the breach.
Having previously traded as Giuliano’s for many years, then with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spell as Adriatico, Lido has arrived ploughing much the same territory of pizza-pasta Italian as the premises have delivered for many years.
The interior has been given a smart freshen and the back section of the dining space now looks into an open kitchen. It’s a bright, airy and welcoming place.
At lunchtime they offer a keenly priced lunch deal of two courses for £8, three for £10. We opted for choices from that list.
Amy started with the bruschetta and followed with their pesto penne, while I opened with the pate then ate pizza for main.
Starters were promptly with us looking much as expected. The brushetta was simple but well seasoned and hit the spot nicely for Amy. My pate was very good, too, with a richly smooth texture.
Main courses maintained the standard with a simple pasta dish for Amy, while my pizza – a margherita topped with rocket – featured a light base and cheesy topping. It was minimal fuss, very pleasing stuff.
So overall, Lido served us really good dishes in relaxed and quite stylish surroundings. It was very quiet, so I think they have some work to do to get the word out and better connect with their audience. Since our visit, a couple of weeks ago, it seems they have closed for another refit and potential rebrand. They soon need to settle on a direction which I hope doesn’t deviate too far from the solid work we found in the kitchen at our lunch.
Blythe scores Lido
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Amy, Blythe
We ate: pate, bruschetta, pesto pasta, pizza
We drank: water
We wore: dusty damson trousers, pyjamas disguised as work trousers
Total bill: £16
Address: 1 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6JA