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Italian and Pizza Restaurant

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19 George IV Bridge

Phone: 0131 225 1740

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

Takeaway: No

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2.5 from MartinR (88%) on May 1st, 2009 (10 years ago)

Vittoria, 19 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I'd heard good things about Vittoria so was really looking forward to eating here. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in the whole experience.

My starter of minestrone soup (you can always tell the quality of an Italian restaurant by its minestrone) wasn't actually minestrone soup. Not sure what it was, but it tasted okay if slightly bland. My partner said her paté starter was the best she had ever tasted.

We also ordered the mixed garlic bread, but what arrived was just a basket of plain garlic bread. Nice as it was, it wasn't what we ordered.

For main course I had Pizza Vesuvio which was excellent and couldn't be faulted. My partner had a pasta dish which she said was average, veering towards bland.

The problem with Vittoria is the waiting staff. We were served throughout our meal by three different people, who didn't seem to communicate with each other, so we were asked the same questions by different staff several times. The service was either brudque or lacadaiscal. The initial waiter who took our order forgot to take his pad out and then couldn't nremember our order, so we had to give it again when he took his pad from his pocket.

The ambience is very nice, warm and welcoming, and a busy place but not too noisy. We had a family of two adults and four small children next to us, and we didn't notice them at all.

The evening was okay, but for the service and quality we received, the prices were about 30% too high. Had our bill been a third less we would have been happy, as it stands, Vittoria promises much better quality than it actually delivers.

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4.5 from andy (83%) on August 22nd, 2007 (11 years ago)

Vittoria, 19 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I'd been looking forward to visiting here since I noticed it open a couple of months ago. I've heard lots of good things about the Vittoria on Leith Walk, but have never visited as it's on the other side of town.

This is the second time an Italian restaurant has been attempted in this location - Tuscany that opened in September 2005, I think, lasted less than a year. The steak restuarant Green Door followed and proved even less successful. I had eaten in both - Tuscany was fine, nothing special. I suspect that opening just after the festival had finished did them no favours - they probably could have done with the festival gold rush to see them through the year! Green Door was actually really good - the steaks were excellent. But it was never busy - I guess people don't want to pay £20 for a main course very often.

But surely an Italian restaurant can do well here? There is an absolute dearth of DECENT Italian restaurants on the south side. There are some average ones on South Bridge/Nicolson Street serving the Festival Theatre masses, some touristy ones on the mile (though I've heard that Rocco is actually very good) and the frightfully bad Sardi's on Forrest Road.

So I really wanted Vittoria to be good. Things weren't looking promising when we turned up for our 7.30 booking at 7.35 and had to wait for our table. But we only waited a couple of minutes. This is mid-festival and the restaurant was jam-packed, so this is definitely forgivable.

From then on, everything was excellent. Despite the staff being run off their feet, the service was great, with the staff even finding time to keep our wine glasses filled. We has mixed garlic breads to start, followed by pizzas and coffee. The food was excellent. Pizzas were just right - nice crispy bases, not too oily, generous toppings. With a bottle of wine the bill came in under £40.

Overall, a very welcome addition to George IV Bridge. Let's hope the business survives longer than the previous 2 occupants did - going by my experience, I'm sure it will.

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3.5 from Ishkhara (55%) on October 13th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Vittoria, 19 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I love the original Vittoria so you can imagine how excited I was to find that they were opening up a second restaurant so close to my work. The food here is just as good as at the original and both the dinner and lunch menus are great value. I've had pasta, pizza and steak (not all at once though!) and can honestly say that they were all superb. The fillet steak with balsamic vinegar is worth a special mention for a melt-in-the-mouth experience to set your tastebuds tingling. We've also sampled the Christmas dinner here last year and were suitably impressed: so much so that we're going back this December! I do find the ambience a little more stilted - it doesn't have the same family air to it that the Brunswick Street restaurant does. But then it is a newer premises.

If you love pasta then you can't go wrong with Vittoria!

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2 from Marius (40%) on May 10th, 2008 (11 years ago)

Vittoria, 19 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

Beware their lunch menu... very bad deal. The portions are tiny. We thought it was a joke when the micro sized pizzas arrived. In the end we had to go for a dessert at the Elephant House next door as we were still hungry... With so many great lunch deals to choose from in the area (including the excellent Cafe Sardi's) we certainly won't be back...

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3 from paddyhr (31%) on October 25th, 2007 (11 years ago)

Vittoria, 19 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

High standard of food was let down by very ordinary service, think we had the work experience kid (although he was about 30). By the standard of the service other diners were getting I think we were unlucky.

Good pizza in a nice setting in the old town, I would go back.

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1 from CH (12%) on September 14th, 2010 (8 years ago)

Vittoria, 19 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

Have been to this restaurant on several occasions but our last visit was very poor. The manageress had no interest in customer service and was quite rude. She ruined our visit. Food was average, although reasonably priced. Would not return.

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5 from monja2009 (6%) on February 8th, 2011 (8 years ago)

Vittoria, 19 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I'm quite surprised about such bad reviews. I always had great experience in this place. Atmosphere is nice especially after the last refurbishment. I have been there three times during the last 50% deal and even if it was very busy staff were friendly and service reasonably fast. Lasagna are always gorgeous and the wine selection is impressive. Then I discovered the Divino Enoteca just at the last floor (entrance in merchant street, close to the under the stairs). It's an amazing place to visit for a drink and I loved the stairs connecting the two venues. Definitely recommended!

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