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Vittoria
Vittoria on the Bridge
19 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1EN
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0131 225 1740

Review written September 2009 - Thanks to Simone Hiliard for picture

Breakfast on the bridge

IT'S A CRISP AND SUNNY SEPTEMBER MORN AND AMID THE MEDIOCRE COFFEE SPOTS AND CAVERNOUS PUBS, MY FRIEND AND I FIND OURSELVES IN THE OLD TOWN WITH A HANKERING FOR A SIMPLE BREAKFAST SANS THE GRIME. LUCKILY, WE FIND VITTORIA'S ON GEORGE IV BRIDGE; AIRY AND CLEAN, IT'S REFRESHING TO FIND A SUITABLE, IF UNLIKELY, SPOT FOR A SPOT OF BRUNCH.

Apparently the Italian way is to cook up a storm any ol' time of day. This time the pasta takes a backseat to the usual fayre you crave for breakfast, which is served here on up 'til 5 pm. We can smell the feast while sipping on large cappuccinos (£2.20), and the aroma makes it a tortuous, however short wait.

We decided to split something savoury and something sweet: the Tony Bennet-style French toast (because he's so sweet, I suppose) and the eggs benedict. The 'Bennet' plate (£5.95) is a tasty helping of French toast with strawberries and maple syrup. It's prepared with crusty bread and served with cream, not enough cream for me I must greedily admit.

The benedict, or 'bennie', we order is served with grilled bacon (£6.95), among choices like spinach or smoked salmon, and a crisply toasted sourdough muffin, the hollandaise a perfect consistency unlike many I've tasted before - not too overpowering and thick. It's consumed swiftly before we're left to wonder how it all could have disappeared so quickly. We're satisfied but not too sickly full to carry on with a day full of being a tourist in my own city!

It should also be told that there's a nine-month old in our company who is happily catered for with a high chair, and the friendliness the staff exudes with both adults and child is very gratefully noted. An Italian eatery is not a place I'd have predicted to have such a pleasant and delicious experience so early in the day (later in the day, always) but am delighted to have made such a discovery.

You can have breakfast on the bridge seven days a week from 10am-5pm.

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