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July 9, 2014

The buzz of Edinburgh’s West End means there are lots of dining options and for Italian dining fans from modern to traditional you’ve got plenty of choice. We’ve rounded up some of our Italian West End Edinburgh favourites.


You couldn’t get a restaurant more ideally situated for pre theatre dining than Zucca. This Italian has doors leading directly into the Lyceum theatre – see for yourself in our video below.

If you go to Zucca don’t expect a long menu of numerous pizzas and pasta. Zucca change their menu regularly and keep it limited to seasonal customer favourites.

£13 for starter + main from the dinner menu – more Zucca offers & menus here

Croma Plaza at the Odeon

Croma Plaza at the Odeon

Perfect for pre-cinema dining, Croma Plaza is a modern pizzeria located on the ground floor of the Odeon in the West End.

Pizzas are baked at 750 degrees in specially imported ovens and you can, of course, get your margherita and pepperoni  pizza classics as well as toppings for the more adventurous such as the marinara , tuna, king prawns, anchovies, olives, capers, red onions and tomato (no cheese) or the tandoori chicken pizza, strips of tandoori chicken breast, cashew nuts, green peppers, red onions, mozzarella, tomato, coriander, with fresh lime and a yoghurt and mint dressing.

If you want to give Croma Plaza at try they’ve got a few offers on 5pm Dining including:

£21.90 2 person offer – 2 courses on main menu + glass of wine, bottle of peroni or soft drink- more Croma offers & book here.

Bar Italia

Bar Italia

Sister restaurant to Ciao Roma in the Old Town, Bar Italia is a traditional, friendly Italian that has a wonderful family friendly atmosphere that’s perfectly located for the Filmhouse and the Usher Hall.

From the olive oil used to the mozerella, Ciao Roma tries to get as many ingredients as it can from source in Italy to provide a truly authentic experience. Its pasta is homemade; check out the video below to see the monster of a machine that they make it with!

£14.50 for 2 courses on pre-theatre menu+ more offers & menus for Bar Italia here



This stylish Italian is a modern venue with an open kitchen and wood burning stove as well as a well-priced menu and Quattrozero gets great reviews from 5pm diners – just read what they say below, we don’t need to say much more!

Great Value (Rating 4.2/5)

Quattrozero was a very pleasant experience. The bruschetta was very nice. The calamari starter could have been a bit less chewy and could have been doing with some kind of sauce on the side. The steak with peppercorn and brandy sauce was good. Would visit again. — Ross Murphy – 27/06/2014

Authentic Italian fare at a very fair price. (Rating 4.8/5)

Delicious home made food served by friendly, helpful staff. Great for families as very relaxed and informal surroundings. Tiramisu is superb! Have returned on several occasions. — amanda muir – 06/06/2014

A good meal in a handy West End location (Rating 4.4/5)

Good food and efficient, pleasant service. Excellent value on the 5pm deal. — Kenneth Macinnes – 16/04/2014

£9.95  for 2 courses on set menu– more Quattrozero offers & booking here.