Call 0131 225 1550

Contini Edinburgh

Call 0131 225 1550

Contini Edinburgh


Contini Edinburgh // Edinburgh // Best Italian restaurant in Edinburgh

Call 0131 225 1550 (ext 1)

Contact us
For details on booking
for your dining experience/table

Experience/table Booking

Listed as one of Edinburgh’s Best Italian Restaurants 2017/18 by The List Eating & Drinking Guide

Our beautiful, vibrant buzzy Italian restaurant situated in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful rooms. This former banking hall is modelled on a Florentine Palazzo and delivers everything you want from a fabulous, authentic contemporary Italian restaurant.

We source our produce direct from the markets in Italy and change our menus every 6 weeks with the seasons.  Our homemade pasta is made fresh every morning with our delicious Puglian focaccia. Our food is perfect for sharing. A fun, informal and very special family restaurant.

Reviews for Italian Fine Dining

Beautiful Italian food

Beautiful Italian food

We buy from over 70 Scottish fresh food suppliers and about 20 Italian fresh food suppliers. The vast majority of our fresh ingredients do come from Scotland but that little bit of Italian sunshine boosts our immune systems and makes us feel good through the winter months and gives us great diversity through the rest of the year.
Fresh Fish landed on Scottish shores

Fresh Fish landed on Scottish shores

The new Contini George Street menu features dishes such as Salame Calabrese with roasted aubergine, mint, crème fraiche and pistachio crumb; cod poached in cold pressed olive oil with fennel, samphire and chili; and a raw cauliflower, porcini and lemon oil salad with breadcrumbs and Venetian spiced walnuts.
Best Pasta in Edinburgh

Best Pasta in Edinburgh

Our homemade pasta is made fresh every morning with our delicious Puglian focaccia

Food the way Italians eat now

Explore contemporary Italian cooking in Edinburgh

Seasonal ingredients
Finest Seafood
Lamb
Fish dishes

“When we first opened, our menu was a reflection of the Italian food passed on to us from our grandparents – hearty meals like lasagne, pizza, and carbonara. While these are all delicious, the way people eat has changed.

Now, guests want to try lots of different dishes, sharing them with friends rather than ordering a traditional starter, main course and pudding. So we have created a menu with sharing in mind, featuring fresh, delicious flavor combinations, which still showcase the very best Italian ingredients and the pick of Scotland’s larder.”

Our ethos explained

Food Philosophy

Good food that makes you feel even better when enjoyed with friends and family. It’s good food because it’s good for the environment, its good for the producers and its good for our health and well being.

Happy food has been produced in the best possible way. It makes us happy when we eat it because it tastes good and we know that everyone else connected with it is happy too.

Carina in Print – Rose Crema Cotta – Scotsman Magazine September 2017

Taken from Carina’s Scotsman Magazine column 30th September 2017. Out in shops now! Rose Crema Cotta   This recipe is inspired by Hamish and his delightful gins. It’s heavenly. SERVES 5 Ingredients 3 sheets of gold leaf gelatine 750ml double cream 100g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod 25ml of Rosa Gallica gin Method Put the…

Carina in Print – Scots Mag December 2017

Scots Magazine December 2017 – Out in Shops Now! We got a new cleaner in September.  You may ask what has this to do with Christmas?  Like most house proud or paranoid housewives we did the deep clean before the cleaner starts.  Be honest you’ve all been there or is it just an Edinburgh thing?…

Carina in Print: Autumnal Dishes in The Scotsman 2017

Carina is a regular contributor to The Scotsman magazine. Last month she created some delicious, belly-warming Autumnal dishes, perfect for this blustery weather. My 11 year old recently said, “Mummy where has this year gone? I can’t believe it’s autumn already.” Oh my goodness when the babies feel life is flying by how will us…

Sugo Di Salsiccia with Pasta al Forno

This is a staple in our family. Double up the recipe and freeze for a late supper. This is a very traditional recipe with no garlic or dried herbs. Serves 4 Ingredients For the sugo: 3 x 500g tins Italian plum tomatoes, crushed or pureed slightly 1 x whole white onion, skin removed 2 tbsp…

Coda di bue – Oxtail Sugo

Oxtail sugo is something Victor’s mother cooked for high days and holidays as it took so long.  Oxtail is an ingredient you’ll need a great butcher to source from and, at this time of the year, it’s a real heart, soul and tummy warmer 500g oxtail 3 x 500g tins Italian plum tomatoes 1 large…

Strawberries with Black Pepper and Vincotto

If you have a bottle of vincotto or an aged balsamic vinegar then this delicious summer treat will help you use it up! Serves 3 or 4 Ingredients 400g fresh Strawberries, tops removed and cut into quarters 1 dessert spoon of vincotto 1 dessert spoon of icing sugar Edible violets just for fun (optional) Method…


Top 10 Italian food recipes

Imagine the tastes and smells

Our story starts over a hundred years ago when our families arrived here as immigrants from rural Italy. They had been farmers but, without any land, they decided to make a living from the other thing they knew and loved – good food.

From ice cream and fish and chip shops, to a world famous delicatessen, our family have been honoured to serve our customers on the east coast of Scotland for over a century. We use the very best local produce and a huge helping of Italian passion for hospitality, sourcing, quality and simplicity.

In 2004 we started a new chapter when we opened Contini George Street in a converted banking hall. From day one, it has delivered fresh, seasonal and authentic Italian cooking.

We’re proud to call ourselves Italian Scots and the best way to prove this is by having somewhere to serve great food.

We change our menus to reflect the seasons across all our venues to keep them fresh and exciting. These are supplemented by produce from our own one-acre Kitchen Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh which provides us with herbs, vegetables and berry fruit.

Join us in our fun, informal and very special family restaurant.

Book online at www.contini.com or call us on 0131 225 1550

Top 10 Italian food recipes

Italian recipes

BEST COOKBOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

We are thrilled to feature in The Telegraph’s list of the ten Best cookbooks for Christmas presents!

Carina’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook has been a UK sensation. With a second reprint and sales in America it’s been met with incredible reviews and is packed with wonderful seasonal recipes and kitchen garden tips.

The book combines the Italian passion for food with the best raw ingredients Scotland has to offer. Beautifully illustrated with full colour food and garden photography, it features over 100 seasonal recipes reflecting produce grown every month of the year – the perfect Christmas gift, with something delicious for every season!

Contini Events Corporate Events Edinburgh

At Contini we know how important good relationships. When it comes to hospitality and great food we treat everyone like friends and our friends like family.

Our award-winning seasonal food, stunning venues and friendly professional service will help impress your clients, build relationships and inspire your organisation. From corporate lunches to VIP events, we will make your business shine.

Is it exclusive use with modern Italian dishes made of locally sourced ingredients from artisanal suppliers.

Only the finest ingredients, presented and tasting amazing

Our mouth-watering Italian dishes include the finest seasonal ingredients at your event. If it’s Birthdays, Graduations, Reunions, Anniversaries or Awards nights we can deliver.

Your exclusive use of the room is complimented with dishes made of locally sourced ingredients from Italian artisan suppliers. This use of local suppliers and talented chefs brings you an Italian dining experience.


What is modern Italian food at Contini George Street like?

At the very center of our heart and soul is the desire to take fantastic, sustainable, fresh ingredients and make them into Italian expressions of exquisite taste.

Good food is not only good because it tastes amazing but it’s good for the environment, its good for the producers and its good for our health and well being. This was one of our underlining motivations for building up our Kitchen garden and local network of suppliers, fresh quality ingredients, cared for with integrity.

Happy food has been produced in the best possible way. It makes us happy when we eat it because it tastes good and we know that everyone else connected with it is happy too.

Happy food is real food that has been simply prepared, sustainably produced and then leisurely and enjoyably shared. Our quest for happy ingredients determines what we are aiming for across all our business ventures.

Simple

The best ingredients allow recipes to be simple and straightforward. The result is honest food, simply prepared. We want to eat food our great grandmothers would recognise.

Seasonal

Local is best but sunshine makes us smile. The best tasting, freshest food is local and seasonal. But we love the sunshine taste of Italy to help us feel good all through the seasons. We want to enjoy the shifts in the seasons and what they bring to our table. This also means less energy used in food production, transport and storage.

Italian Scots

We buy from over 70 Scottish fresh food suppliers and about 20 Italian fresh food suppliers. The vast majority of our fresh ingredients do come from Scotland but that little bit of Italian sunshine boosts our immune systems and makes us feel good through the winter months and gives us great diversity through the rest of the year.

Pleasure

Food is one of life’s great pleasures. We want to enjoy food wholeheartedly and to celebrate the joys of eating and sharing good food. We live busy lives filled with different demands and pressures, so eating meals with those we love forces us to slow down and remember what is important.

Sustainable

‘Sustainability’ is a hugely complex idea but in terms of Happy Food, we are concerned for the well being of the natural world and the responsible use of resources. We are committed to using food produced in a responsible and sustainable way. We want everyone in the food chain to be treated well. Any produce in our business that comes from further afield is always done as sustainably as the extended food miles will allow. We recycle all of our glass, cardboard, paper, cooking oil. We’ll soon have all of our food waste collected and used for compost. All of our paper is from sustainable sources and we use low energy light bulbs!

Community

Food connects people. We want to build community through food and establish a network of suppliers who are striving for environmental well being and delicious flavour. We especially want to celebrate small-scale producers and artisan production. We want to link taste and pleasure to the quest for a better food system here in Scotland. Making these connections helps us all to learn more about what we are eating and and to increase our understanding of the earth we live on and its seasons.


Award winning

When we say award winning restaurant, we really mean it

We are very proud of our restaurants and delighted when they are noticed and praised! We are always trying to improve your dining experience. Here are some of the awards for our George Street restaurant…

  • HITLISTED 2017 / 18 – The List Eating & Drinking Guide – Best Italian for Contini George Street
  • GTBA – Gold
  • SRA 3 Star Award
  • Chefs Alliance Member
  • Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) member
  • CIS – Winner 2013 sustainable restaurant of the year
  • Slow Food Member
  • Where Chefs Eat – recommended
  • Trip Advisor Excellence Award
  • The List, Hit listed 2011 – 2013
  • Scottish Chefs Association

Our awards in detail

Find Us

Contini George Street
103 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3ES

Phone: 0131 225 1550

Hours:
8.00am to 10.30pm

Join Contini Friends – Our Loyalty Club