New Tony Macaroni's now open in Edinburgh
Tony Macaroni is ever-expanding with 11 restaurants currently in Scotland and more on the way, we made the visit through to Edinburgh to try out the new menu in their newest restaurant on the north-western edge of the city.
We had a couple of cocktails to get us started: A Bonnie Fizz Charlie (prosecco with Drambuie and you could certainly taste it!) and a Negroni, which was very tart/bitter (as expected!)
Regular cocktails are priced at £5.95 and prosecco cocktails are £6.95.
The menu in the Queensferry road restaurant was designed by Italian master chef, Fabio Campoli and features a few intriguing dishes...
Calamaro vestito £6.50
We opted for this because it sounded a bit different! Grilled squid and bacon on baked a potato with yogurt chive sauce?!
It was an unusual combination and a huge portion - 1 and a half baked potatoes topped with rashers of bacon and squid. Perhaps not the most obvious cobination in the world but bacon and the squid were fine together and the potatoes were hot and fluffy with a cool pleasant sauce.
Arancino mediterraneo £4.75
We're starting to see arancini more and more in Italian restaurants in Scotland and these little deep fried breadcrumb-coated rice balls were very nice, with a good contrast between the crunch and soft spinach and Parmesan interior, though the cheese taste could've been stronger.
Alla provatura crostini £5.95
Soft bread, gooey cheese, nice anchovy paste, garlicky, Parma ham. Mmmm, this could've been just another "sandwich" but the anchovy paste gave it a good bit of life. We shared these rather than having the usual boring focaccia. There's a selection of other crostino too.
Spigola alla fiorio £16.95
Fillets of sea bass, king prawn & creamy salmon baked in oven with roast potatoes, and another big portion. Delicious fish in a sort of flaky burek-style pastry (which we both love). The vegetables were all perfectly cooked too.
Vitello maresciallo £18.95
Pan-fried veal escalopes coated in breadcrumbs with mozzarella and Parma ham. Not as large as, and perhaps a bit boring looking compared to some of the other dishes but this was really tender veal (as it should be!) which worked well with the cheese and ham.
A homemade-style apple-pie in a dish with ice-cream. A simple homely sort of apple pudding and quite filling.
Millefoglie Sbriciolata £5.25
Quite fanciful looking light puff pastry dessert with chantilly cream, berries and chocolate sauce. A nice light palate-cleansing end to the meal. We enjoyed this one too.
This was Mr.Foodie's first experience of Tony Macaronis and he was very impressed! High quality food with interesting & unusual flavour combinations. Portion sizes were immense and we were both utterly stuffed by the end of the meal. We had a few minor comments about the food but nothing major. Service very efficient too. All-in-all, a very pleasant dining experience in a clean, modern location with open kitchen area and very nice toilets (both male and female). We shall need to check out some of their other establishments - Tony Macaroni restaurants will be coming to Cumbernauld and Lanark in 2015...
...and if you enjoyed the food, why not buy Fabio's cook book which is on sale.
We travelled by bus (the 41 and 43 Lothian services stop just outside on Queensferry Rd) and we dined as guests of the restaurants.
Edit: please note that the Fabio Campoli menu is only available at this particular location, so if you fancy any of these dishes you'll need to head to Tony Macaroni, 503 Queensferry Road Edinburgh EH4 7ND. Their website can be viewed here.
- a few minor comments about the food