Pizza and Italian restaurants in Edinburgh
While fish and chips might not spring to mind as typically Italian, pizza does for sure and many Italian restaurants in Edinburgh feature it as the star of their menus. This beloved dish started out as flatbreads as far back Ancient Roman times, but it wasn't until 18th-century Naples that the pizza as we know it today was born. The poor of Naples began adding tomato paste to their flatbread and topped it with seasonal herbs and cheese. For pizza purists there are plenty of rules, the dough must be hand-rolled and the pizza should be baked in a wood-fuelled oven. In Naples, only two toppings are recognised - the Marinara and the Margherita, different just by the use of garlic and basil. It was Allied soldiers during the Second World War that took the pizza out of Italy. Of all the Italian restaurants in Edinburgh serving pizza La Favorita in Leith really captures the spirit of Naples. Priding itself on attention to detail, its speciality is rolling its homemade pizza dough four days in advance which is sure to tickle anyone's taste buds.