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La Favorita

Pizza and Italian Restaurant and Takeaway

3.8 out of 5 3.8/5 from 12 reviews (add your opinion)

325-331 Leith Walk
Edinburgh
EH6 8SA

Phone: 0131 555 5564

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Price: ££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: No
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: Yes
Delivery: No

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 1200-2300

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4 from nettles (81%) on August 6th, 2007 (7 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

Going there on a family outing with three generations may not have been the best choice with the grandparents being hard of hearing and the need for a large table both making it difficult to communicate in such a lively setting! Would definitely reccomend for a girls night out or dinner with friends but a table for four at the most to avoid any shouting! It is loud and bositerous with a young feel and waiters seemingly imported from Italy (another good reason to make this a girls night out!)

I shared the seafood soup which was tomato based and flavourful but the good amount of seafood in the soup was slightly overcooked and a bit dissapointing. For my entree I chose an egg pasta, I forget the name of the shape, but it was like penne but hand rolled resulting in a delicate mouth feel. The sauce was a cream and italian bacon sauce with fresh veggies. It was nicely done and satisfying. My husband had one of the pizzas with fresh rocket and procuitto (laid on after the pizza came out of the oven which is the way to do it). It was a good choice. The just warm salty meat was a perfect match for the peppery rocket. Other choices around the table was a riccotta and eggplant pasta, very nice, a pizza topped with smoked salmon, I didn't understand that match, and a veggie pizza, among others. There were no complaints around the table and we managed to get through the meal without any hitches and that is saying much when you have so much family around.

Recommended highly and next time I will have a dessert!

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3.5 from Marius (40%) on May 3rd, 2008 (6 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

Great pizzas. A bit expensive.

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4.5 from boroughloch (33%) on December 13th, 2010 (3 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

I had a lovely lunch with my friend here and my baby and her baby. Very baby-friendly. They booked our table near the changing room and the corner of the premises so that we wouldn't feel guilty or embarassed when our babies cry. We went there quite early (the first few customer of the day). The waiteress and waiter were both very friendly and helped us when we were choosing from their extensive menu.

Their lunch deal is really good and we both had a house wine (less than 3 quid in lunch time). The wine was good.

I chose seabass for the main. My friend chose Fusilli.

My seabass was cooked well (usually seabass smells unless it's cooked very nicely) and my friend's fusilli was very very tasty! I had her fusilli, a spoonful and I decided I would have that next time!! Even one piece of Fusilli had deep flavour inside, amazing. And the presentation of the both plates was beautiful, absolutely artistic! (no exaggeration)

We decided to go for a dessert as the main was so good. We kinda wanted to see how their dessert would be.

And it was VERY GOOD! I had Tiramisu and my friend had a Creme Brulee. Both were home made, obviously. The tiramisu was very good, not like a usual Tiramisu and less alcoholic (!) but it was still very good. And it was HUGE!!

My friend's creme brulee was really good and again both plate was decorated sooooooooo beautifully!

I don't want to tell many people about this gem, La Favorita, but on the other hand, I really want to see it successful. I may have been here before the refurbishment. But seriously this restaurant is good. The gem on Leith Walk (especially towards the foot of Leith Walk!!) We didn't have pizza which is supposedly cooked in their own real pizza oven. I'd like to try their pizza next time.

Yes, I'll definitely go back to this restaurant again and again. :)

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4 from MaraCarfagna (30%) on August 5th, 2008 (6 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

Originating in the slums of 18th century Napoli, Pizza has humble origins, but has gone on to become a major type of cuisine across the globe. Unfortunately much of this drive has been perpetuated by abominable aberrations; Pizza Hut; supermarket pizza; and perhaps most recently, Pizza Express.

The philosophy of good Pizza is fresh quality ingredients, simply prepared. A good Pizza sits on a freshly made base, with mozzarella, basil and lightly seasoned tomato. Anything that comes from a frozen base, and is ‘prepared’ by a monosyllabic student/teenager who simply covers the article in mechanical cheese/assorted-dried-out-processed toppings, then places on an industrial rolling heater, is not good Pizza. It is an aberration. It should not even carry the title. The food you get in a place like Pizza Hut or Papa John’s should be termed intensively-farmed-post-frozen-basic-sustenance.

It is ironic that I am an elitist when it comes to a food of the peasant. Indeed, in Italy, there is a clearer distinction between Pizzeria and Ristorante. An establishment is more likely to specialise in one or the other. The best examples of the classic fine dining Ristorante, in Edinburgh, are La Partenope, in Dalry, and D’Antonios, in Leith.

The title of best Pizzeria in Edinburgh certainly goes to La Favorita. The adherence to the key principles of freshness are all there, together with a wood fired oven, which is truly the envy of most of Edinburgh’s Italian restaurants. Such an oven can attain a far higher temperature, ideal for perfect Pizza.

I have eaten in La Favorita several times, and my experience has ranged from good to excellent. The staff are attentive, knowlegable about the menu, and generally delightful. The Pizza is always excellent as is the antipasti selection.

It is a shame that many reviewers on the quite wonderful website, Edinburghmenus, seem to be devoid of critical faculty. Glancing across the history of many reviewers reveals, in many cases, a glut of reviews between four and five out of five. I noticed another lady reviewer, with at least 20 reviews, who has given every one either 3, 3.5, 4 or 4.5. One is justified in asking the point of submitting a review, when no matter the standard of restaurant, it receives a trite good or very good review.

The pertinence of the point is in my score of La Favorita. I deem four stars to be a very good restaurant, certainly one of the best in its category, in which you are assured to have an excellent meal. La Favorita is just such a restaurant, but it is not in the elite handful of five star establishments in the city, where attention to detail is exceptional. Exceptional, by its very nature, prohibits a plethora of such restaurants, or they would cease to be the exception from the normal.

Ciao

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4 from sweetsazzle (23%) on April 9th, 2010 (4 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

You get a really friendly welcome here and the food is fab. It was so good for a mid week dinner that I'm going back next week for more.

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4 from scotsann (12%) on July 3rd, 2010 (4 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

Had a lunch here with friends a few ago. Best pizza I've ever eaten - and it was huge! 13" during lunch! I opted for steak pizza - which was cooked to my specification (rare) - what a lovely meal. Complimentary bottled water on the table and the staff were ever so pleasant and helpful.

Not normally one for Italian food, but based on this experience I have recommended to others and I'll be back.

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4.5 from rhona (12%) on February 23rd, 2008 (6 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

Fantastic.

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1 from Irene (12%) on January 6th, 2011 (3 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

Had a meal at the the La Favorita on the 3rd on January 2011 and by far I would describe it as new years nightmare!

We ordered fairly simple typical Italian dishes and would have thought this would be easy to make! To our nasty surprise when the starter arrived (bruschetta) it was horrible - the tomatoes were big beef tomatoes with no seasoning and when the main course came it was even worse! The pizza was cold and the pasta dish was too! Was the chef on holiday?

This wasn't my first time and I will certainly never return and will not recommend this to any one if you want good food.

The only thing that was good was the ice-cream.

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4.5 from Sandervdd (9%) on June 3rd, 2008 (6 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

I can be really short about this amazing restaurant. Simply the best pizzas in town, very friendly staff and extremely fast even when they're really busy! I always get my pizzas for take-away and I never have to wait long. Get a tub of mixed icecream as well, they can be quite generous in the serving for a few quid!

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3.5 from DrComida (8%) on July 12th, 2008 (6 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

I booked a table at La Favorita for myself and four friends using the EdinburghMenus online booking service – this allows you to book directly into the restaurants system and as such is a quick, easy and reliable way of booking a table. I have eaten at La Favorita on several prior occasions and have always been impressed with the food and service. My visit last week however, was a bit of a disappointment. There was nothing wrong with the service – in fact on finding a potato peeling at the bottom of a side salad (!) the waiter was very apologetic and quick to return from the kitchen with a new salad. The problem lay, I believe, in my poor choice of main course. Both a friend and myself ordered the sliced steak with spaghetti. Having requested our steak rare, we received a measly four medium/well done slithers of meat on the side of a handful of spaghetti. It was tasty enough, but I left the restaurant hungry! Another friend ordered Calzone – which looked filling and delicious. I will most likely go back to La Favorita, but I’ll definitely stick to the pizza from now on.

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4.5 from bergmac36 (8%) on October 7th, 2010 (3 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

All I can say is wow, the friendly staff and service, the atmosphere and setting was perfect. The wine is easily drunk (to easily). As for the food fantastico - served promptly, it's true what they say you - get what you pay for and by God is the quality good... as a treat and a meal out with friends and family this is a clear winner. Would highly recommend - defo one to try!!! Oh and they deliver for those nights in!!! Will be back - just hope they have the wine chilled!

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4 from neilcollman (8%) on July 5th, 2007 (7 years ago)

La Favorita, 325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA, Edinburgh

Fun, friendly atmosphere (watch out for birthday parties!). Service excellent and of course the food - this is also very good - especially some of the more exotic pasta dishes. Highly recommended.

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