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  • 4.0 star rating
    5/6/2013

    Is there a better way to enjoy your meal? - Not on the day we visited Vittoria Restaurant Leith. The Sun was out, the terrasses filled with Ra-worshippers and the drinks were flowing.

    That was our idea, Anita A and Tanja R got us a nice sunny table on a crowded terras. The waiting staff was busy, but trying very hard. And hard it must have been as they were fully dressed while the most punters were full on their way of getting drunk (in the most sophistictaed way only, mind you).

    I ordered my Beer and it took about 3 chase ups to get it. - after that all was going swimmingly. We ordered a meal (Pasta Carbonara Classico), bottle of wine and dessert (affagato)

    It was all yummy and well done to the waiters!
    (and I have a better tan now as well)

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/11/2012
    1 check-in here

    I was so looking forward to my visit to Vittoria. I had heard only good things and knowing it was part of the same people who do La Favorita I had high hopes for the evening.

    In one word; good.

    Not great, good.

    An hour after arriving our orders were taken (18 people at 8pm get a bit tetchy when they have to wait so long! Luckily I had an emergency banana.)

    I had the Pate Della Casa to start and it wasn't fantastic. I'm a pate fiend (and to be honest, Ondine has ruined me for life) but this was quite...meh...Served with 2 scoops of pate, 6 slices of bread and some red berry jam it was tasty but a tad underwhelming, considering it was marked as 'Recommended by the owner'. Other starters being stuffed into starving mouths around me were the calamari which was quite good, the goats cheese which looked and tasted really nice and the pork ribs which my friend devoured so I imagine they were tasty!
    For main, I had a Pizza Hawaii and it was a good pizza, again, not fantastic but definitely good. The portion sizes in Vittoria are ginormous and unfortunately I ate far too fast and was unable to finish my pizza but the staff kindly wrapped it up to take home.

    The restaurant itself  has a bizarre layout! But is decked out in full Italian style and I quite like it. I had two problems with the service, one that they took a while to get going and two that once they were going they completely rushed it! My friend not only had an unfinished starter taken away from her but then had her bottle of wine poured for someone else! Apart from those minor issues it was all smiles and a bit of banter so not bad overall.

    Vittorias didn't live up to my high expectations but I can't figure out if that's my fault or its.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/5/2010

    Vittoria Restaurant on Leith Walk has been around since the 1970s, which I think is brilliant, as it makes this a bit of an Italian legend on the Leith Walk/city centre scene.

    The focus here is traditional quality Italian food straight up, so if you want a hearty portion of your favourite traditional pasta dish, or just a taste of something that is wholeheartedly home cooking, then Vittoria is your place. Being family owned, the feel of the restaurant is warm and welcoming, and the staff are cheery, friendly, and ever the Italian charmers. You just get that no nonsense, community, relaxed vibe about the place, so you always feel entirely comfortable coming in for a meal.There's an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, so you won't be stuck for options, even if you're a super fusspot when it comes to eating out.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/4/2010

    I often hear people to refer to Vittoria as one of the best Italian's in Edinburgh. This could be true, however as I don't often go out to eat Italian food I don't have a lot to compare it to.

    Vittoria is a family owned restaurant and I almost feel like I was reminded of this at every opportunity. Which is fair enough for them to be proud of their successful family business. The menu is your standard Italian of pizzas, pastas and meat dishes. I had a pizza which I really enjoyed, freshly made and crispy with the right amount of toppings- not too much and not too little. My boyfriend had a calzone which I was pretty jealous of. Huge in size and packed full of meat he inhaled it quite happily. Me being a pansy, little girl couldn't finish a whole pizza so they kindly boxed it up for me. Tasted just as good the next morning for breakfast.

    The service was actually really good with friendly waiters and prompt service. I will most likely return here as it seems like a safe option for good, hearty Italian food.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/5/2010

    Italian is my favourite food, something about the flavour or the portion size just makes me happy. I was told about this place last year by my friend. Every time we met he would ask me if I had been, I was beginning to think that they hired him for PR.

    I'm going to say something controversial, but the food in Vittoria is better than what you get in Italy. Usually the first time I venture to a new Italian place,  I get Spaghetti Bolognese. Because lets face it, if they can't get the classics right, there is no hope.

    The meat was fresh, the pasta wasn't overcooked and soggy and the sauce was nearly a sexual experience. The staff we're all really friendly too. This is a family run place so it feels like your guests in their kitchen and the service was amazingly fast.

    Stop reading, just go.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/6/2010

    This is a great Italian eatery situated on Leith Walk which offers good, well-priced food and top service.  I've been here a few times with my friends and it always delivers the same quality of experience.  The dcor inside isn't the most modern, but it still feels comfortable and friendly from the moment you walk.  The service is also inviting and friendly an the food seems to take no time at all to reach you from the moment you order.  I went for the spaghetti carbonara the last time I was there (original, I know) and it was probably one of the best ones I've ever had.  
    To top off the great service and food, it's all quite cheap with mains costing about £5-6, so you get a decent, filling meal whch won't leave you out of pocket.  I would certainly recomment Vittoria, I just wish it wasn't so far away from where I live!

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/7/2010

    I think it was because Vittoria is a chain that I wasn't expecting too much from the place when I went a few months back. Italian is one of my favourite cuisines and there is nothing worse than when restaurants do it badly.

    I wasn't disappointed with this place. The food was fantastic, and even though we only had time to stop for a main course (Boo!), It was fab. The pizza Golfo (broccoli, salmon and King prawns) was a really unusual but absolutely delicious combination. I have never seen it on a menu before and I would specifically come back here to have it again. I managed to squeeze in a cheeky coffee made with amaretto for a very reasonable £2.80.

    This may be in the running for one of my favourite Italians in the City!

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/7/2010

    I much prefer the other branch of Vittoria, on George IV Bridge.

    Maybe it's because this one isn't right in the middle of the Old Town and so doesn't have the same bustling atmosphere, or maybe it's because there's not that much variation between the menus on offer in the two places. Either way, although I couldn't specifically put my finger on it I think that this Vittoria lacks a bit of the character of the other branch.

    Don't get me wrong, the service was just as attentive in this one and the food was just as tasty. But I'd paid £7 in a taxi to get to this one, whereas I could have walked to the other one in under 10 minutes for free, and had pretty much exactly the same meal.

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/2/2013

    Myself and boyfriend decided to pop in for some dinner on Friday night. We luckily got a table that we had until 7.30 ( we arrived at 6.15pm) so that was fine as we were pretty tired and didnt want a late night.
    We were promptly taken to our table, we decided on a beer and a Margarita. Lush!!!!
    The for starter we had the meat antipasti that stated the usual 'meat, cheese, olive oil, bread etc, but when it arrived their was a great selections of salami and chirizo, but only a small 'dollop' of cheese and 2 tiny pieces of bread, along with a slice of melon...still i fab stack of pickles and olives, we ofcourse had to order a basket of bread...i wanted cheese! like at least a couple of choices!!...I love cheese!!
    For main, Robert ordered the pasta that he said ' it grew on him'  and I ordered pizza, unusal for me as i would normally always choose a pasta dish, the pizza was above average, and overall i enjoyed my meal, but then i have been on a big diet recently, so maybe anything more than 500 calories would be fabby to me ha!!
    Would i go back?? No, however and a big however....i have had a takeaway pizza from here and they are much better! Defo for takeaway and cheaper!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/10/2008
    First to Review

    The original Vittoria restaurant (they have another on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh), family friendly and great service. The food's good too, lots of lovely pasta dishes. Generous portions.
    Seems quite tight for space, but like it's sister premises on the bridge, you'll be surprised how big it is downstairs!

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/5/2009

    This is a good place with decent Italian food. Might even be the best I've had in Edinburgh. Mind you, I come from a place that's fairly awash with really good Italian, so it's a bit of a struggle to impress me in this arena. I like their pastas and they have good pizzas and nice salads. And I'll admit I haven't tried much else. The service has always been friendly.

    The best thing here has to be sitting out front on a nice summer day. They have a large outside area positioned just right to get the afternoon sun, and when it's nice out it can be a terrific place for a glass of wine between friends. Inside (as has been previously noted) it's a bit tired, though I've seen far worse.

    If you're in the neighbourhood and craving Italian, this would be the place I'd point you to.

    • Qype User tinker…
    • Edinburgh
    • 7 friends
    • 38 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/11/2007

    This restaurant is one of my favourites in Edinburgh. Thay have a lovely large restaurant in leith and have been there for many years.

    The staff are very friendly and the italian food is to die for. Well cooked with a large selection. They have Disabled Facilities and an excellent Children's Menu. With Al fresco dining and Intimate tables available for any special occasion.

    The Restaurant is fully air conditioned and they have a party room for party bookings which is fully licensed with its own bar and entrance. And can seat up to 50 guests.

    A beautiful and modern restuarant with the italian family atmosphere.

    • Qype User mal…
    • Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    • 16 friends
    • 68 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    13/12/2007

    Pasta or Pizza that's maybe to most difficult question when you go to an Italian restaurant like this. In Vittoria, you can get both, a half portion of pasta and a small pizza!
    The restaurant is nice but caters for a lot of diners. Nevertheless you don't have to wait long for your food. When it does come, the presentation can leave a lot to be desired, the above pizzapasta comes crammed together on one plate for example.

    Vittoria does the simple things well but if you are looking for a bit more culinery, it might be an idea to try another restaurant like La Concha.

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/10/2012

    My first course was the special of the day and quite interesting: "Capesante": scallops, black pudding, pancetta, and green pesto dressing. The pancetta went well with the scallops as well as the black pudding, but the two latter were more coexisting peacefully. My sea bass main course was fine but not outstanding. The daughter had a pizza, which was very cheesy, and she was happy. I have forgotten the glass of wine but it went well with the food. A glass of Aberlour afterwards helped with the cilly temperature on the way back to the B&B. A fine meal but not a must-visit.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/1/2012

    Dining by myself I was rather surprised to get rather a nice table round the back here. The section I was in did seem to have some ordering problems though, with a few misdeliveries occurring while I was there. My food was good. The garlic bread was a bitdifferent, but not in a bad way. Drinks were overpriced though  a fiver for a pint of Birra Moretti!

    • Qype User angels…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 109 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/10/2010

    Liked the place. Liked the food. Seating was not always prompt but was ok each time we visit. Reservations a must as the place fills up quite fast. All ice cream deserts are highly recommended!

    • Qype User jslavi…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 7 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/8/2011

    Great, hard-working, family Italian far from the maddening crowds of Edinburg's city centre in a scruffy part of Leith. The minestrone alone is worth a trip! Yum, yum, yum!

    • Qype User ChrisJ…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 29 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/7/2012

    Finally visited Vittorias today after talking about going there for two years and we were thoroughly impressed. We ordered a meat/cheese platter for our starter which was extremely delicious and for mains we went half and half on pizza and pasta.
    Everything was absolutely delicious, particularly the fresh pasta and the portions by Edinburgh standards were absolutely huge. We were nearly stuffed after just our starter.
    Also have to mention that Vittoria is really child friendly which is incredibly important to us as we have a 4 month old daughter. The staff made a real fuss over her which she clearly loved and when we left one of the waiters helped us carry our pram down two steps within the restaurant. For this alone Vittoria's deserves 5 stars.
    Total price for a starter (for sharing), 2 mains, 2 cokes and a beer, £44. Not bad!
    Can't recommend enough, perhaps my new favourite restaurant in Edinburgh.

    • Qype User Ivytoa…
    • Aberdeen
    • 5 friends
    • 71 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/2/2010

    Lovely restaurant, open from breakfast time til nighttime with a wonderful and varied menu. The prices are very reasonable with a burger on the breakfast menu starting at just under £3. There is a good range of coffees and the latte I had was delicious. The service was quick and the food was very tasty. The toilets were very clean and smelled yummily of flowers. I'll definitely be going there again!

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