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“Good food, good value, weird portions”
Review of Taste of Italy

Taste of Italy
Ranked #127 of 2,505 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $13
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Broughton & Calton
Description: Taste of Italy is an all-day, casual dining café with a passion for authentic Italian food - from fantastic breakfasts and a great selection of light bites, to freshly prepared pizzas and pasta dishes, plus indulgent home-made cakes. Pop into Taste and discover food that is fresh, tasty and good value for money, served up in a friendly, relaxed environment.
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good food, good value, weird portions”
Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

Friendly service. As previously reviewed, food is good and reasonably priced. Portion sizes are very variable though: 3 eggs scrambled was barely 1, the 3 egg omelette enough for 2 people; most pasta portions generous except for ravioli which was small entree in size. Go figure.

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tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Thank you for your review. Without feedback like this we don't know what are customers are thinking and it gives us the chance to review our faults. The portion sizes will be reviewed and I do hope that on your next visit all will be rectified.

Sincerely,

Angela Crolla
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England
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“Fantastic find”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

So glad I found this place. It is fantastic. The outside makes it look like a cafe but the food is excellent, pizza and pasta were gorgeous.

The price was amazingly cheap for the quality of the food.

Close to the playhouse theatre and it gets busy before performances. Food not quick but everything made fresh to order. Can not be faulted. The staff were efficient and very pleasant.

  • Visited January 2013
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tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Taste. We do prepare all our food freshly and create a fun and exciting environment to dine in.

We look forward to seeing you again soon and thank you for your custom and kind review.

Sincerely,

Angela Crolla
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Outstanding Value”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I've been visiting Taste of Italy regularly for the last 5 years and while its location and frontage is underwhelming the food and service is exemplary. I've eaten in the restaurant and had take away and both options always lead to pleasant surprises: how good the food is and how cheap it is. The carbonara in particular is delicious and you can watch as the chef expertly prepares your dish. This restaurant also introduced me to Arancini for which it deserves a 5 star review alone. These tennis ball size portions of breadcrumbed risotto balls with a core of bolognese and mozzarella are not to be missed. The wine and beer are well priced and the staff, often Italian, are wonderful. If you're near by visiting the Omni Centre or the Playhouse or perhaps following a brisk walk up Calton Hill this is the perfect place to stop. If you're not near, it's worth the trip.

  • Visited August 2012
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tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Thank you! Thank you for the very outstanding review! It is appreciated as is your loyal custom.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,

Angela Crolla
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london
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“A great place for food (we only ever had breakfast) and a good coffee ”
Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Was staying nearby and had read the reviews.
On entrance you receive a friendly greeting and your option of table. The service continues to be attentive but not in your face. It is really efficient from order to receiving the food/ coffee.
The food we have eaten over our three visits has been excellent- really good eggs Benedict with copious amounts of smoked salmon.. lovely scrambled eggs and a huge full Scottish breakfast. They serve their breakfast menu all day which is really useful as free enjoying the Edinburgh bars the night before.

All round a great little find, good value and if I come to Edinburgh again I will stay nearby just so I can go!!!

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tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
We have a wonderful reputation for our coffee and great value food. Thank you for your kind review and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Edinburgh!

Sincerely,

Angela Crolla
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“Tiny Restaurant, Great Italian Food”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

We were surprised by how good the food was and wow, the price was decent. We will visit again the next time I'm in town. Everything we ordered was quality, who knew the tiny kitchen can produce such amazing food! The service was great and the food came out quite fast.

  • Visited November 2012
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tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
It is lovely of you to write such a kind review. We do our best at keeping our pricing very affordable and offering excellent value for money.

I do hope you visit us again when your back in Edinburgh.

Sincerely,

Angela Crolla
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