There’s nothing quite like pasta. Whether you like spaghetti or tortellini, carbonara or pesto, pasta is always the answer. If you’re in Edinburgh and you feel like filling up your carb tank, lucky you, the Scottish capital has tons of amazing restaurants. We’ve listed our favourite spots for the best pasta in Edinburgh. You’ll thank us later!
Located in a grand former Georgian banking hall on George Street, Contini showcases the very best of Scottish and Italian produce. From gnocchi and ravioli to linguine, spaghettini, and agnolotti, they’ve got all sorts of delicious pastas. And just because pasta craving can hit you at any time, they’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, aperitivi, and dinner. Don’t you dare miss on their fabulous beverages! With 50 different options, their international wines are simply the best thing you’ll find in town. Go ahead and book your spot!
At Amarone, transport yourself straight to Milan’s beautiful cathedrals and galleries. Located next to Andrews Square, Amarone offers contemporary Milanese cuisine and fine Italian wines and champagnes. Their pasta are some of the best ones you’ll find in town. And if your friends are not big pasta-addicts (how dare they), their menu includes lots of others Italian delights like pizzas, fish, steaks, salads and desserts, all cooked with the Milanese know-how. It’s a great spot for a reunion with friends, or a romantic date with your chérie. Also, if you’re looking for something more intimate, book their private dining room, and you’re in for a fabulous night out.
Locanda de Gusti
Rosario and wife Maria opened this small neighbourhood institution only to offer genuine Italian hospitality and some of the best pastas in Edinburgh. Alongside their different pasta dishes is our favourite, the linguine pasta. It’s served with a ½ lobster in a tomato, olive, and garlic sauce – a true delight! Whether you’re enjoying an intimate dinner for two, lunch with friends or a large family celebration, Locanda de Gusti is definitely the spot in town for comfort Italian food.
Forget the A-list films being shown in the Omni centre, the real star of the show is Tony Macaroni! This exciting spot serves different Italian delights, including some of the best pastas in Edinburgh. Our favourite is the Rigatoni Amatriciana, it’s served with pancetta, chilli, onions, and tomato sauce – the real deal. At Tony Macaroni, it’s not just food on the menu, you can enjoy your meal in style with their Zonin prosecco bar, which offers a wide range of drinks from all corners of the globe. Don’t wait any longer and reserve your spot!
If you’re looking for a more upmarket and gastro kind of restaurant, you need to try Mono. This modern and trendy restaurant is run by Michelin star chef Zielinski who not only pays special attention to the the look of the food but to the whole experience. From chestnut gnocchi to prawn ravioli and beetroot bottoni, you’ll get to try original and quirky pasta like you’ve never eaten before. “Expect to encounter a multi-sensory experience: visual, textual, sound, and all kinds of stimuli”.
Crolla’s Italian Kitchen
Tired of the city hustle and bustle? Say no more. Located in the charming village of Musselburgh, a quick 25 minutes ride from the city centre is Crolla’s Italian Kitchen. This gem has been opened by Joe Crolla and his family, only to offer us, hungry carb-devourers, some of the best pasta in Edinburgh. Enjoy all sorts of traditional pasta dishes like rigatoni contadina, penne puttanesca, spaghetti al granchio, and much more. Crolla’s Italian Kitchen won’t fail to impress.