Written by locals!
Welcome to Bite, Your Independent Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh
Divino Enoteca - Regional Italy
New Review
Divino Enoteca
5 Merchant Street,
0131 225 1770
Bar open- Mon-Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri 4pm-1am; Sat noon-1am; Closed Sun. Food served-Mon-Fri 4pm-11pm Sat noon-11pm (last orders for a la carte); Midnight for anti-pasti Closed Sun.

The team at Divino Enoteca have set themselves a challenge, to launch a tasting menu for every region in Italy over the next two years.

Each menu runs for two months and first up is Piemonte. This northern Italian region whose name means ‘foot of the mountains' is famous for its cheeses, truffles and hazelnuts and delicious Nebbiolo, Barbera and Barbaresco wines.

Hidden under George IV Bridge, Divino Enoteca is a cosy hideaway in the heart of the Old Town. It has a relaxed and elegant feel with polished wood, shelves of Italian wines and twinkling lights. We've been invited along to try the tasting menu so settle into the private dining room with a glass of fizz to peruse the menu.

To start there's a classic Piemontese dish of thinly sliced of veal with a tuna, caper and egg sauce paired with a crisp and aromatic Gavi di Gavi white wine. Alternatively, there's ‘Uovo all'occhio di bue' which I'm pleased to learn means ‘bulls-eye eggs' and is a perfect description for the fried eggs with truffle and asparagus.

For the pasta course, there's ‘ravioli del plin al tartufo' made with pork and beef, or ‘alle verdure' with potato and gorgonzola. I found the gorgonzola delicious but was less convinced by the potato; however, the roasted hazelnuts accompanying it elevated the dish.

The main courses were a definite highlight. Around the table, there were satisfied sighs as the ‘Brasato al Barolo' slow-cooked beef yielded to the touch of a fork. Vegetarians were equally satisfied with our cabbage leaves stuffed with creamy wild mushrooms accompanied by toasted brioche and truffle mousse.

The Barbaresco Socre 2013 accompanying this course is a wine I'll seek out in future, it's deeply delicious and complemented the food. Diners then have to make the painful choice of cheese or dessert, I opted for the regional cheese Toma Piemontese with a sharp cherry chutney and crackers.

I also swiped a spoonful of the ‘Bonet' for ‘research'. It's a chocolate custard with rum and amaretti and might have been the winning choice. At £39 the four-course menu is good value and a great way to taste traditional Piemontese dishes.

The matched wines are a must; they bring out the best in the food and introduce you to some excellent grapes worth getting to know. (A Sheldon)

Reader Reviews / Comments

There are currently no reader reviews. Be the first to review by clicking below!

Current Issue
Visitor Login
Email Address
This site and all contents are © 2020 Bite Magazine     Web Design by Arcada Design