Lunch review: Locanda de Gusti, 102 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2DW

Locanda De Gusti exterior

Not your typical Italian restaurant

Locanda de Gusti used to be at the bottom of Broughton St in the New Town, but being Glaswegians we weren’t aware of it until its recent re-location to Dalry Rd near Haymarket, where a number of other interesting-looking restaurants are popping up.

Locanda De Gusti - interior
Locanda De Gusti – interior

The restaurant is situated on a corner, is bright & spacious and looks the ideal spot for a casual lunch.

We both love Italian food and have done a wee bit of travelling in northern Italy but since discovering Cafe Smile in Glasgow, Cafe Sicilia in Dundee & Mira Mare in Helensburgh, we’ve been trying to seek out more Italian restaurants that specialise in something a bit different, and by that I think we mean food originating from south of Rome, and not the usual ragù alla bolognese, lasagne or tortellini (sorry Bologna!) so imagine our surprise when we sat down to an Italian tapas lunch in Locanda de Gusti and discovered that there were no pasta dishes on the menu and just a single pizza!

The food

Locanda De Gusti - olives & bread
Locanda De Gusti – olives & bread


We shared 2 slices of delicious homemade bread with good quality kalamata olives and balsamic before having 3 tapas (for a tenner) each.


Locanda De Gusti - various crostini
Locanda De Gusti – Crostini


Fresh ingredients on their crisp homemade bread – Peppers, courgette, mushroom, all of these little morsels were devoured rather quickly!



Locanda De Gusti - gnocchi
Locanda De Gusti – gnocchi

Gnocchi in a classic Italian tomato & basil sauce.Wonderfully light potato dumplings and not overly doughy.





Locanda De Gusti - chicken
Locanda De Gusti – chicken with lemon and sage

Really really zingy lemon. Chicken can be quite bland but this was moist & flavoursome.




Locanda De Gusti - Mozzarella
Locanda De Gusti – Mozzarella

Not your usual mozzarella ball or stick here, no this was a huge gooey slab of the good stuff – buffalo mozzarella in batter. None of that shop bought nonsense here!


Locanda De Gusti - veg
Locanda De Gusti – vegetables


Peppers, courgette & aubergine in a light (tempura) batter, chickpea flour, nicely salted and very moreish.



Locanda De Gusti - Stuffed pepper
Locanda De Gusti – Stuffed pepper



Not stodgy but still really filling with a lovely fragrant rosemary taste.




Locanda De Gusti - panna cota
Locanda De Gusti – panna cota

A classic with a twist – very creamy and lovely & smooth with a warming burn from the secret ingredient – chilli!




Locanda De Gusti - Matteo ice-cream fruits
Locanda De Gusti – Matteo ice-cream fruits

A selection of Matteo ice cream fruits – we’d never seen these before but we were told that they’re quite popular back in Naples.

You can choose from 25 fruits/nuts, the innards are scooped out , mixed with ice-cream and then filled back into the skin/shell to create a naturally fruity and sort-of healthy dessert

We went for date, strawberry, apricot & walnut and they were all lovely.


Locanda De Gusti - espresso liqueur
Locanda De Gusti – espresso liqueur

To finish off our lovely lunch we both had a shot of this delicious espresso-coffee liqueur called Caffè Borghetti.







Locanda de Gusti is a homely, unpretentious restaurant with a focus on getting the simple things right using good quality ingredients and flavours that you can actually taste without getting lost in the mix, as can happen with many pasta dishes covered in sauce. If you’re looking for a bowl of bland cheese & tomato pasta flung together in a few minutes then this isn’t the place for it!

Their menu changes weekly, keeping the food fresh and different for each visit, they also do gluten free pasta and cakes and almost all the dishes on the menu when we visited were suitable for vegetarians.

What’s not to love?


Locanda de Gusti
102 Dalry Road
EH11 2DW
0131 346 8800

Sunday: closed
Monday: 5pm-10.30pm
Tuesday to Friday:
12pm-2.30pm / 5pm-10.30pm
Saturday: 12.00pm-10.30pm

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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