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Taste of Italy

#136 of 1,782 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Broughton & Calton
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9 Baxter's Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AF, Scotland
+44 131 557 9998
08:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 08:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 00:00
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Nairn, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Once again we enjoyed a visit to this restaurant. The ambience and the food never fail to please. Will be back!

Thank Samd1105
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the place in Edinburgh that I am constantly dragging my friends to and am amazed they've never heard of! This place is fantastic. They are easily priced, they do some of the best pizza in Edinburgh, and the staff are lovely. My go to meal is the margherita pizza but have also been impressed by their bolognese and... More 

Thank Erin M
Blyth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived without booking and the dining area was full so we were shown to the bar stools in the waiting area and immediately given a menu and a short while later asked if we wanted drinks. After receiving the drinks around 10 minutes later we were taken to the table. The food was decent quality and good value I... More 

Thank Dave S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The title says it all really. On our last morning in Edinburgh before getting the train home later in the day, we fancied something filling before tackling Calton Hill. Would definitely come again.

Thank Nick W
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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315 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a little time spare before the theatre and went in here because it was near the Playhouse. I only had a coffee - espresso with a glass of water on the side, but it was perfectly acceptable. The place was very busy, so it must be popular. I had a look at the menu and it looked OK.

Thank Alastair N
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Down to see Rugby at Murrayfield on the Saturday, but did not have breakfast in Hotel. Instead took up a recommendation that I should have "a very good breakfast with great coffee" at a Taste of Italy restaraunt near to the theater . We had the full Scottish breakfast with orange juice and coffee as well, restaraunt was busy on... More 

Thank brianlow1
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food for an even better price. Excellent restaurant, quivk and friendly service and amazing tasting burgers!

Thank MinoTominetti
tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review

Burgers, pizza, pasta and Arancini! All made in house and fresh to order. We offer a fantastic range of gluten free pasta and all pizzas are available gluten free. Thank you for your custom and review. Angela Crolla More 

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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant was very nice. Food was delicious and the staff was kind. Everything was perfect and we would like to visit this place again :)

Thank Baruš M
tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review

We certainly hope that you will visit us again soon. Thank you for your review. If you don't have time to sit in, please pop in for a take away pizza, panini or coffee. Angela Crolla More 

Ayr, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were asked to take a seat which we did near the door, after that no one appeared to take our order so we walked out, and it wasn't even busy. Will not be back.

Thank E D
tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review

We are very sorry for your poor experience with us. As the bar is very near the seat mentioned a quick hello at the bar would have had our team over to you asap. It is not in our nature to leave our guests to sit without a menu. Again we are very sorry and hope you will forgive the... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I come here regularly and have never been disappointed. The food, service and value are second to none and I always enjoy myself whenever I dine here. The pasta dishes are particularly fine. Thank you!

Thank MB068
tony c, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this review

We do our best to create great dishes at a great price. The portions are excellent and the bill is small. Taste is the prefect location for pre or post theatre or cinema outings. Reservations are not allowed, just pop in and one of our fabulous servers will find you a table. Angela Crolla More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Italian, Pizza, Street Food, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Baxter's Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
  • Neighbourhood: Broughton & Calton
  • Phone Number: +44 131 557 9998
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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