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September 20, 2018

Fans of The West Room on Edinburgh's Melville Street will have noticed a few changes over the summer.

Earlier this year, the restaurant and bar was bought from the team that have Sygn, The White Horse and the Chop House restaurants.

The new owner is Stefano Pieraccini. The surname may be familiar.

As well as owning the award-winning Seafood Ristorante in Saint Andrews, the Pieraccini family also launched Rocca in Saint Andrews and the Rocpool hotel and restaurant in Inverness.

Edinburgh's first cicchetti bar

Following on from a refurbishment, The West Room has relaunched as Edinburgh's first cicchetti bar.

Cicchetti, we are told, are little snacks which Venetians would graze on while having a few drinks.

At The West Room, they range from small plates of deep-fried courgettes to an East Neuk crab risotto.

As well as two different varieties of meatball - served with or without tagliatelle - the kitchen also serves croquettes, bruschetta and dishes of burrata cheese, heritage tomatoes and basil.

You could keep it simple and snack on some white anchovies or Tuscan olives. Alternatively, you could be more ambitious and order up the steak tagliata - sliced Scottish rump steak with rocket and Parmesan.

Handmade ravioli

The ravioli of the day are handmade and available in a serving of three or six.

If you have a sweet tooth, options include tiramisu, pannacotta with Scottish strawberries and affogato - the classic Italian desert of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

As well as cicchetti menu, The West Room has a breakfast menu. From granola to kippers via breakfast rolls and porridge, they've got it all going on.

In addition to beers and wines, the drinks list includes cocktails; some of which have a distinct Italian flavour.

If you fancy a Negroni or a Spritz, you know where to go.