Hidden behind spray-painted shutters during the day, from 5pm (and 12.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays) Origano serves up excellent, well-priced antipasto, pasta and pizza. A garlicky starter of bruschetta pepperonata with creamy goat’s cheese and roast peppers, or caprese salad with capers, fresh basil and vine tomatoes are very reasonably priced (£4.25 each) for the quality of rich, plump ingredients, and explain why the place is more often than not full up on a week night.
The high preponderance of great Italian restaurants in Edinburgh can be traced back to surges in immigration during the 1890s and 1920s. Those initial arrivals, and the generations that followed, have contributed greatly to Scotland's cultural landscape, especially when it comes to food. From premier pizzerias to perfect pasta places and beyond, these Italian eateries are among some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh - so have a slice on us.