A friendly, neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Edinburgh’s Elm Row, The Jolly Ristorante has built up a justifiably excellent reputation among New Town locals. Their wood-fired oven – the only of it’s kind in Edinburgh – churns out pizzas with that inimitable smoky taste, and their pastas are everything one would expect from a top-notch Italian restaurant. They’ve been there for 40 years, and continue to serve their loyal public – so loyal in fact, that we recommend booking a table now to avoid disappointment.
The Scots-Italians are a proud bunch, with a culinary heritage dating back over a hundred years. The Jolly Ristorante are keeping up that tradition, and can boast over 40 years on the Edinburgh restaurant scene, as well as the oldest continually-active wood-fired pizza oven in the city. Situated on Elm Row in the New Town, just yards from both Leith Walk and Princes Street, they serve an Italian menu that is guaranteed to satisfy the whole family.
The joy of eating at Jolly Ristorante on Elm Row in the New Town is the pizzas. Their oven, as mentioned, is the oldest still in operation in Edinburgh, and the pizzas are all cooked to order. Toppings are fresh and generously portioned, and diners can choose from a menu as long as your arm. There are plenty of pasta options as well, and a fully-stocked bar and wine list. Italian food is a family affair, and this is truly a restaurant for the whole family to enjoy, so book your table now.
Fantastic as always, Vito and the guys did well to feed all 11 of us but we wouldn’t expect any less. We’re often in for lunch so don’t often see the full menu, a great selection on it.
It's old school, delicious Italian food with a pizza menu that never ends! The starters huge and very tasty, the mains just as good. The bill was absolutely astounding value for money especially with crafts of house wine flowing. Great service, attentive but not too much i.e they don't ask how the food is when you've just put food in your mouth! Busy little place come 6pm so I'm glad we booked a table and people walking in all very familiar with the owner so everyone chatting away like you were in someone's living area rather than a restaurant which I believe is what an Italian restaurant strives to achieve. Reading other reviews, yes the decor is dated but so what, we're not eating the décor and I think it makes The Jolly unique rather than a run of the mill chain that has the same decor no matter what country you are in but that doesn't matter (in my opinion) when you have quality food at a good price, service and atmosphere.
Have been going to The Jolly since i was a little girl. It has never once changed. I feel right at home and Vito is a great guy. So friendly.