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Pizza pit-stop

I am unsure as to what the restaurant at the Odeon was like or even if one existed before this transformation into Croma.  I have zero interest in Hollywood blockbusters and no kids but offer me a pizza and I am there.

First impressions are good. I like the colourful tiles, shiny surfaces and the abstract Miro-esque daub on the wall. All is clean and cheerful and welcoming.  Our waitress too is Italian and clearly has warmth and hospitality coursing through her veins. She insists of bring us doughballs. I am initially horrified (you are what you eat) but this feeling swiftly dissipates.  These delicious wee morsels have the light airiness of gougères and are drenched in butter.

Pizzas arrive in the form of a Funghi di Bosco (£7.75) for me.; field, oyster and Paris brown mushrooms, mozzarella, tomato, garlic, fresh rosemary, drizzled with truffle oil. It's great. You can taste the flavour of the mushrooms and the fresh rosemary in every bite whilst the oil lends that indefinable something. Simone is equally happy with her Parma (£7.75); Italian prosciutto ham, olives, parmesan. These pizzas are also great value for money.

We are done but still at the mercy of our lovely waitress who insists we split a Tiramisu. Again she is right. This brick-sized dessert belies its airy nature and it has just the right combination of thick luscious cream, sponge and cocoa.

This Edinburgh branch of Croma is part of a national chain, I am not sure there is a huge difference between it and Pizza Express.  The Observer however, wrote: “Airy, modern and slick. Croma serves great salads, pasta, pizza with some innovative twists. Chicken Caesar or Peking duck pizza anyone? Think: a better, brighter pizza express. “

It is as you would expect very family friendly. I may go to the Filmhouse and Cameo to watch the flicks but I would make Croma a pizza pit stop for sure. (S. Wilson) 

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