To experience a true taste of Italian cuisine in Edinburgh, take a trip down Easter Road where you’ll find Al Dente, a traditional trattoria serving up rustic Italian dishes. Tucked away over in Leith, this popular restaurant is well worth the trip, attracting diners from all over the city and maintaining its status as a favourite among local aficionados of Italian cuisine. In order to guarantee a table at Al Dente, booking ahead is advised.
Decorated in a simple, traditional style, Al Dente’s no-frills approach to things really lets the food speak for itself. Hailing from Lake Garda, Al Dente’s chef has a passion for bringing regional specialities from his homeland to the people of Edinburgh, serving up authentic, home-style cuisine – you won’t find any pre-cooked pasta on the menu at this Leith restaurant. Begin with some seafood like the fresh Scottish mussels seasoned with pepper or chilli or the deep-fried calamari on a bed of rocket with lemon and tartar sauce before moving on to a traditional Italian main.
You’ll find dishes like pollo ripieno prosciutto e asparagi (chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella, parma ham and asparagus served with roasted potatoes and vegetables) as well as Al Dente’s infamous pastas on the restaurant’s lengthy menu. Try one of the chef’s specialities like the paccheri al branzino (fresh pasta tube filled with a sea bass puree served with mussels and king prawns in a light seafood sauce) or keep it classic with the spaghetti alla carbonara. For a genuine Italian experience in Edinburgh, book a table at Al Dente over on Leith’s Easter Road.
We booked many months ago to get into Al Dente for a meal prior to running the Edinburgh Marathon. We were not disappointed, it was a wonderful meal. Very busy restaurant, a little gem tucked away from the city centre. Fabulous food, great service, friendly too. Would highly recommend it to anyone.
Al dente is small but appealing. The menu is a pleasant diversion from the standard Italian menu, the food was beautifully cooked and the staff were very helpful, with a personal chat with the owner thrown in. We will be going back.
Another lovely meal in Al Dente. Food fresh and delicious. Lovely wine, all very reasonably priced. As always, warmly welcomed too. You couldn’t ask for more!