I've been to many Italian restaurants throughout Europe (including Italia), yet to my surprise this had been one of the best I've been too.
Every plate of every course looks like a work of art, the taste is excellent too. As said in other reviews, you can clearly taste that every meal has been made fresh. Also the waiter is a real character, in a positive way. He's good in judging people of what service they expect. For example, towards some business people he was quite timid. Yet towards us he was enthusiastic and making jokes. He even invited us to join and watch how to make his version of tiramisu the next morning, one of the best tiramisu I've tasted. Sadly we had to reject his offer, but there is no doubt for his love for making Italian food.
Although the ambiance lacks the rustic Italian look (the plastic table covers, although practical, don't help for the looks either), everything is very clean. This goes also for the kitchen. Even though you see them working hard, everything in the kitchen looks like it has just been cleaned. Therefore I boosted my atmosphere rating from 3 to 4 stars. A lot of restaurants can learn from them of how to keep their place and kitchen clean.
There is no doubt that when they get that rustic Italian feeling right, it would be the Italian to go to for the whole Lothian region.
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