Café Bellina I was sad to see Bites had closed down, as it was a reliable little takeout place. The arrival of Café Bellina in the same Elm Row premises did look quite exciting, though, so I popped in for an early visit.Exterior I actually visited twice on successive days, not entirely because it was …

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Amore

Amore It had been a long day in Glasgow and I had a hankering for Italian food before I boarded the train home. Luckily I was in the Merchant City so had a good bit of choice.Exterior I’d previously sampled the lunch menus at Qua and the Italian Kitchen, so I thought I’d give Amore …

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Paesano Pizza I’d heard a tip that Paesano Pizza, on Glasgow’s Miller Street, was doing good work. I’d walked past it a couple of times and found it packed to the gunwales so was glad to be able to pop in for a lunchtime visit.Exterior The room, which holds maybe 130, was still comfortably more …

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Bella Italia It’s always useful to check in with chain restaurants from time to time, just to make sure no great leaps forward have been made in catering to mass audiences. Today’s visit was to Bella Italia in the heart of tourist land on the Royal Mile.Exterior I’d last visited a branch of this nationwide …

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Sasso

Sasso Italian food in Edinburgh is a cuisine that’s done generally well without too many places standing out from the crowd. The Contini/Valvona/Crolla thing has never really been my bag, but places like Domenico’s and Piatto Verde have provided us with some highly entertaining and good quality evenings.Exterior It was interesting to note the arrival …

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