8 Great Pizzas in Edinburgh

This is always a hotly contested list and ours comprises pizzas in many different styles, but we enjoyed all of these in one way or another.20141222_200957-300x169

Civerino’s – Meatball and porcini ragu
Now established as part of the friendly family fabric of Edinburgh Italian eateries, Civerino’s is a great place for a quick or slow pizza stop. You can munch by the slice on the go, or stay and take down one on their excellent topping combos.
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Dough – Quattro Formaggi
Seeking to bring a real game-changing approach to takeaway pizza, Dough’s massive wood-fired oven is an awesome sight to behold. Their pizzas are top notch with their four cheese a particular favourite.
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La Favorita – Montanara
The classic Edinburgh pizza place, La Fav has probably been surpassed for pizza excellence just of late, and they seem to draw an inordinate amount of flak for the dubious quality of their delivery service, but they were the trailblazers in bringing really top notch pizza to Edinburgh, so we should be thankful for their excellent work.
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Moratti – Moratti
Home of some late-night pizza excellence, Moratti’s baked egg, chicken and spinach pizza is an absolute beauty. If you’re feeling in charge of your faculties, risk the soft-baked yolk but only if you have a bib to hand as it could go anywhere.
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Origano – Spinacio
Current pizza champs of the city, Origano’s move to larger premises has illustrated their level of popularity, as they’ve been every bit as busy as they were in their previous place, which was a third of the size. Their pizza, in sizes 11”, 14” and 16″, is just spectacular so you must visit soon.
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Peter’s Yard – Vegetarian
With the finest sourdough bases from their baking magicians, Peter’s Yard and Soderberg offer a limited range of toppings, but focus on making them absolutely outstanding. With pizza hubs in both the Old Town and Stockbridge, these are places you want to check out.
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Pizza Mafia – Ham & Mushroom
Some really good pizza is served in the drab location of Princes Mall by the folks at Pizza Mafia. If it was in a different location, I’m convinced this would be one of the more popular pizza slice joints in the city.
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Three Coins – Meat Feast
Nowhere could look a less likely home to pizza excellence than Three Coins. I’m not sure about the rest of their menu, but their pizzas, cooked in no time due to their super-thin bases, are absolutely remarkable.
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7 Places for Splendid Steaks

Scotch beef is some of the best in the world, but until recently there was a dearth of places using that ingredient to best advantage. Here are some of the city’s best purveyors of beefy delights.20140615_214006

The unchallenged king of Edinburgh steak places, Blackwood’s is spectacular. Using Highland Drovers beef to best advantage with their Josper grill. It’s the only place where I’d order fillet steak as their fillet has all the flavour of ribeye married with the silky texture of fillet.
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Chez Jules
Still home to the best steak frites in the city, Chez Jules also offers an excellent lunchtime skirt steak and a very decent steak tartare. The value on offer is hugely impressive making this a really tempting spot for regular visits.
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You might more readily associate Earthy with bread and veg goodness, but their meaty delights are just as strong. Locally sourced beef is cooked to exacting standards to very good effect.
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Field Grill House
A newcomer to the carnivore scene, Field Grill House brings all the charm of their first restaurant to a more meat-centric menu. Sourced from local butcher Shaw’s, their steaks are of really pleasing quality.
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L’Escargot Bleu
Their steak tartare, made to your exact specification at the table, is as much a great piece of theatre as it is a phenomenally good dish. They often showcase specials of the more unusual cuts of beef, so can be considered a true carnivore’s paradise.
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Twenty Princes Street
Another place giving full vent to their Josper grill, Twenty Princes Street offers a great range of meaty treats, with their lunchtime steak sandwich a particular strength. Their signature city centre location makes their offering very compelling.
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With an atmosphere quite unlike you’d expect from a conventional steakhouse, Wildfire has a very broad appeal. Their steaks are very good and their approach understated and welcoming, making it one of the better places for steak in he city.
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