La Favorita claims to serve the best pizza in Edinburgh. As pizza is something we don’t eat that often, I don’t know but they do have a traditional wood-fired pizza oven which is always a good sign. We went on a Saturday night and, although it’s a bit out of the centre of Edinburgh, the place was packed.
I started with calamari, served with a chick pea puree. The fish was fresh and tasty, the batter not quite as crisp as I would have liked. I tried the mozzarella with parma ham too – the mozzarella was absolutely outstanding – soft and milky – perhaps the best in Edinburgh too. I’d definitely go for that next time.
Crispness was not the problem with the pizzas. Thin, Italian-style, I had Pizza Montanara – mushrooms, Italian sausage and truffle oil. It was excellent and the Calzone that I tried was equally good. The waiting staff were Italian and as in Italy, they were friendly and helpful.
The meal was a complete contrast with the Kitchin the previous week but an equally enjoyable experience. With pre-dinner drinks (beer for me, cocktails for the others), starter, pizza and coffee with an excellent grappa (for me), we were about £30 each.
Visited, March 2011.