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Italian Restaurant

2.3 out of 5 2.3/5 from 3 reviews (add your opinion)

169-173 Gilmore Place

Phone: 0131 228 3115
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Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu: 1200-1430
Tue-Thu: 1700-2200
Fri-Sat: 1200-2300
Sun: 1200-2200

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Quality fresh, seasonal Italian food in a charming local eatery


There seem to be 2 types of Italian restaurants in Edinburgh. There are the typical cheap and cheerful Italians serving bolognese, lasagne, carbonara and pizzas. And then there are the nice ones. The ones where fresh, seasonal fish dominates the menu and is served with fresh pasta and simple sauces made with basic fresh ingredients. I am very glad to report that Itri, a relatively new Italian restaurant between Polwarth and Bruntsfield falls firmly into the latter category.

We visited on a Thursday night and fully expected to be about the only people in on such a dreary night in a small restaurant away from the centre of town. Although, of course, the restaurant wasn't full, there was a good number of tables filled and the place had a good atmosphere to it, helped in no small part by the friendly service.

To start we had the bruschetta from the day's specials board and the antipasto selection of cured meats. Both starters were verging on absolutely massive! If you're not as hungry as we were, you could probably get away with sharing a starter between two, and certainly 2 between 3.

For mains I went for the day's special, which was Linguine agli Scampi. I was going to go for the Linguine ai Frutti di Mare until the waiter suggested I try the special instead. And what a good recommendation - the dish arrived with the linguine barely visible below what must have been 8-10 of the finest looking langoustines I've ever seen! What a treat. And at £13.95 excellent value. My companion went for the Spigola del Golfo - a sea bass dish with clams and mussels. It also looked excellent and went down well, though he was very jealous of my choice!

Only one of us managed to squeeze in a dessert - Pannacota covered in Nutella. Very tasty. Like the rest of the menu, the desserts change often. In fact, there was no dessert menu - the waiter simply told us what they were offering that day.

The bill, with a couple of bottles of Peroni and a coffee each, came in well under £60. Excellent value and just shows the benefit of not eating in the centre of town all the time.

If you live on the southside, this place is a must-try. And even if you live on the other side of town, it's well worth the trip.

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4 from Rich (29%) on November 11th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Itri, 169-173 Gilmore Place, EH3 9PW, Edinburgh

I don't like Italian restaurants, I think it is too easy to produce re-heated food and overly - filling, oily pizzas - I actually think I would prefer to go to any other restaurant than an Italian. I was therefore not expecting a culinary treat upon entering Itri. How wrong I was!

This restaurant flys in the face of the stereotypical Italian. The menu and the specials board were full of fresh sea food and interesting pasta dishes. My meal was delicious and well presented. The service was also excellent, the waiters not too attentive but always available to help and to advise if required.

I have to admit to finding the menu a little odd. I don’t think they always manage to conjure the mental image which they are trying to portray when describing the meals. However, don’t let this put you off, instead, please take my word that this was is one of the best restaurants I have been to in a while and undoubtedly the best Italian that I have ever been to!

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1 from Teeny (7%) on March 25th, 2010 (9 years ago)

Itri, 169-173 Gilmore Place, EH3 9PW, Edinburgh

Absolutely appalling.

My husband and Dr C Cameron and I have wanted to try this restaurant for some time. I'm afraid it was the worst restaurant meal I've ever had. The food itself was disappointing with a number of cheap and frozen ingredients representing value for money. The food was terrible (tasteless). The staff were very unfriendly, standing doing nothing.

This has got to the worst restaurant experience I have ever had.

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2.5 from Artizan21 (6%) on April 5th, 2011 (8 years ago)

Itri, 169-173 Gilmore Place, EH3 9PW, Edinburgh

After reading reviews, thought we would try ITRI on Gilmore Place. Interior was basic and flirty attitude of one waiter towards my daughter was predictably embarrassing.

Nice starters - stuffed aubergine and bruschetta. Our choices of main courses were very disappointing. A plate with five pieces of minced sea bass and stuffed ravioli left my daughter 'hungry' when we left. The 'sirloin' covered in cherry tomato sauce left me feeling queasy - the meat was grisly, with lots of waste. Accompanying veg of sauteed potatoes and courgette was uninspiring and meager.

They took our money - and we ran. Not the best start to our weekend away. Try 'Vittoria' and get high quality and value for money.

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