Italian restaurants in Edinburgh – where food crosses cultures. From the first days of Italian ice cream parlours in Edinburgh to today's modern takes on Italian cuisine, it's always been easy to discover authentic flavours in the Italian restaurants of Edinburgh. Waves of Italian resettlement North of the border in the 19th and early 20th-centuries made a huge impact on the culinary landscape of Edinburgh and indeed, Scotland. Many food historians say that it was actually the Italians who brought fish and chips to our shores, a food institution that is now so quintessentially British. You'll find plenty of Italian restaurants in Edinburgh serving, if not dedicated to, 'pesce e patate' or fish and chips. Some have even won awards as the best fish and chip shops in the United Kingdom.