It’s sometime said that you should judge an Italian restaurant by how they handle the fundamentals, the cornerstone components being their basic tomato sauce, given that it’s the basis for so many Italian restaurant classics. By this token, Gali’s could be considered one of the better Italian dining spots in Edinburgh, but as is often …

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Some days, we’re fortunate to quest for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Such was the case today, with a trip to Papilio rounding out a busy day.Exterior Papilio is a maroon Italian place in Bruntsfield. I’ve walked past it on many occasions and noted its lunchtime deal offering three courses for £8.95. I’ve always instinctively been …

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A venerable favourite of the Edinburgh dining scene. Valvona & Crolla has been a fixture in the city for nigh on 80 years. Their delicatessen on Elm Row is legendary, while their Vin Caffe on Multrees Walk is a very popular spot. It was to the latter that we ventured for lunch, today.Crab linguine I …

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Bar Roma has been trading for 31 years, so can be rightly be thought of as a pillar of the community. It’s a place I’ve wandered past, many a time, but never quite managed to cross the threshold. Tonight was the night, though.Melanzane caprese The first impression was that the place was incredibly bright. The …

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It’s sometimes good to revisit places, particularly when you’ve had an experience that deviates from the conventional wisdom.Exterior We visited Locanda de Gusti in November 2011 and had a pretty good lunch, but not quite what I’d expected from a place that boasts two AA rosettes, and is consistently spoken of as one of the …

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