It was a rainy Edinburgh dinner time, when I was warmly welcomed into the restaurant and given a choice where to sit. The friendly waiter (the majority of staff are Italian) offered to take my umbrella, as well as my jacket. My dining partner soon arrived and ordered a pint of Birra Moretti beer, £4.25 whilst I was still choosing from the extensive wine list (now named Tony and Giuseppe’s Wine Cellar). There are three or so choices for wines by the glass for white, red and rose and I opted for a small glass of Pinot Grigio, £3.75. We were automatically served iced water as we read the extensive food menu.
One of the main food attraction’s here is the log-fired pizzas, but the rest of the menu packs a mean Italian punch. I am normally sceptical of restaurants that offer such a huge choice of dishes, but have never been disappointed for the freshness or the quality of dishes here. I ordered the Spiedini de Mozzarella di Crudo (mozzarella in parma ham kebabs) in my best Italian and Torre di Parmigiana (aubergines and pomodora sauce) for my dining partner, both £5.50. We explained we would like to share them both and the waiter brought us extra plates.
Both of the starters were presented well and nothing short of perfection. For the main course, my dining partner opted for the special of Tronchetti Asparagai (asparagus crepes) at £10.50 and I chose one of the magnificent pizzas – a Fiorentina, £11.50 which was topped with sirloin beef (cooked to my liking), rocket and parmesan. A large selection of gluten free pizzas are also available.
My dining partner exclaimed he had never tasted an Italian dish as good as this, so I sampled his choice and concurred with his verdict. The asparagus was cooked to perfection and worked well with the crepes and sauce. My pizza was served at the table and I wondered how I was going to tackle this 14inch monster, but I managed with gusto (and only a little help). I can’t express how good this pizza was and the neighbouring table of Italians, also munched their way to pizza happiness and stated they were glad they had made the trip down Leith.
We requested some time for our food to settle as we didn’t want to miss out on the fantastic range of desserts that La Favorita offers. Their range of ice cream includes strawberry coconut ruffle and peanut butter crunch as well as all the usual suspects of banoffee pie and chocolate mousse. Desserts are priced around £4 each. We opted for a Sicilian Banana Boat and Banoffee pie and both were a perfect ending to a thoroughly enjoyable meal.
La Favorita is very family and group friendly with a clown making an appearance every Sunday afternoon for the little ones. Service is faultless by the wonderful staff who ooze Italian charm. I do not hesitate to recommend La Favorita (and Tony’s other restaurants) for every occasion. You can now also make home delivery orders which includes a large chunk of the restaurant menu.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, ground floor even access with fully acessible bathroom.