Restaurants in the Grassmarket have a somewhat complex identity maze to navigate. At the same time as maintaining a broad appeal for incoming revellers, they need to attract a returning crowd of local patrons to remain sustainable.Exterior Gennaro’s has been negotiating this space for many years, with Ewan McGregor a notable ex-employee. I’d visited many …

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I’m so rarely in the Marchmont environs that there is a mounting list of places for me to visit. I spied the Meadowlark, which is one of them, as I passed, shortly prior to popping in to the confines of the Delicious Italian Pizzeria, which was another.Exterior With an elegant double sunburst window frontage, this …

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ExteriorI was in the mood for some hearty Italian fare, this evening, so took myself along to Rigatoni’s, on South Clerk Street, which I hoped would be one of those down-at-heel hidden gems. The place has a good family feel to it, with premises that are somewhere between smart chip shop and Italian deli. SoupThe …

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I’d visited Croma for breakfast, previously, and having been rather impressed, I committed to coming back to try their pizza. It was good to find an opportunity to do so, so swiftly.Exterior I won’t linger on details of the decor and service, as I found them much the same as before. The place has less …

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ExteriorI set out with a trip to Leo’s Beanery in mind, today, but as so often happens I got distracted on the way. The distraction came in the shape of Papavero, a new Italo-Scottish restaurant that has taken over where the Room in the Town used to be. They’d been open for less than a …

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