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Locanda de Gusti
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Locanda de Gusti
102 Dalry Road,
Edinburgh,
EH11 2DW
0131 346 8800
Mon: 5pm-10.30pm; Tues-Fri 12 noon2.30pm & 5pm-10.30pm; Saturday: 12 noon-10pm-10.30pm closed Sunday

Locanda de Gusti is a family run restaurant and sitting in the new location at Dalry (previously at Broughton St) Mr Bite and me feel it.  This restaurant is relaxed, unfussy and homely; an ambience which is perfect for the authentic simple Neapolitan food.

Chef  Rosario Sartore says “I grew up in a large family in Naples, where life revolved around the kitchen table".

Don't be deceived though, Rosario's 'simple' food is consistently awarded two AA Rosettes.

Unlike other restaurants from 'The Boot', large portions are not how Locanda defines itself. Expect instead perfect portions of tasty food where the produce takes centre stage; a shout out too for the cutlery which catches my eye; elegant and skinny as an Italian supermodel.

Mr Bite and me decide to share the seafood plate to start (£8.95) which includes clams, mussels, scallops, langoustine and squid, served in a liquor of olive oil and garlic with a hint of chilli. It is intensely sea-salty with simple fresh, flat leaf parsley for garnish and crispy crostini on the side.

Main course for me is ravioli with a minced mushroom filling, flipped in meaty pungent sage and butter. I choose the small plate (£6.95); pasta is made fresh every morning and manages, in true Italian fashion, to be simultaneously luxurious and simple. I drink a summery Sardinian rose (£4.50).  It's a new one on me, ruby red in colour it is actually elegant and herbaceous; a nice foil to the rich ravioli.

Mr Bite has slow braised belly pork with honey and dolcelatte which also transports me to Sardinia where we once ate a similar plate of porchetta. In Locanda, simple cuts of thick meat are caramelized and crunchy. The sweet and salty honey and cheese combo comprise the only other ingredients on the plate apart from fresh aromatic rosemary. Mr B is all praise and drinks Nero d' Avola from Sicily (£5.95).

To finish we shared a cheese plate which includes semi-soft, creamy Talegio. I pair it with salty crackers and the heady Italian dessert wine, Vin Santo (£4.95).  

Cielo!

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