Michele Civiera’s newest venture combines fresh produce, extra crisp bases and prime location, just an arancini’s throw away from the Royal Mile. After being featured in heavily in the foodie press, the hyped up Civerino’s was certainly a pleasant surprise. Italian street food in the welcoming surroundings of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Civerino’s is a little pizza Edinburgh and a little pizza Italy and marries the two beautifully.
Bare brick walls, a mesmerising tiled ceiling and eclectic bicycles hoisted onto the ceiling ensured the venue was striking and modern, while managing to retain a welcoming and unpretentious atmosphere.
A menu selection of thin and crispy pizzas (by the slice or whole), authentic pasta dishes and various piccolo piatti (small plates) made sure that even the pickiest of eaters have plenty of choice. A take on Italian street food, the restaurant serves fast, fresh and tasty food using family recipes. Homemade pasta and sourdough pizza bases are made daily, and topped with sauces made from local produce.
The key in this place is, don’t be selfish – the tables and the food are designed for sharing. The benefit of this is that as everything is pretty delicious, no one limited and food envy is avoided entirely.
After ordering a selction on piccolo piatti, followed by two pizzs (between three), all involved were feeling quite satisfied indeed. The Chianina beef polpette meatball Pizza is a sure thing, while the classic combination of pancetta,rocket, mushroom & mozzarella ticked all the boxes. Did we mention the Arancini? These balls of gooey cheese, meat and rice are little bites of pure joy…our suggestion, order two portions, in the spirit of sharing, of course.
Open seven days a week from 12pm until 1am, and with plans to extend opening hours further, Civerino’s manages to provide Edinburgh diners with a trendy, atmospheric and relaxed place for an indulgent lunch or late night bite.
Our only regret is that we didn’t have the chance to try the Zucchini tempura…as if we needed an excuse to go back.
On Monday & Tuesday, Civerino’s runs a ‘Pizza & Peroni’ deal. Choose any pizza and a beer (or soft drink), for only £10.
Who’s it for?: A relaxed date night, catch up with friends, quick and tasty lunchtime treat or late night carb craving.
The specifics: Described as ‘Italian Street Food’, it’s better than any pizza we have tried in Edinburgh. La Favorita and Origano take close joint second place, but the atmosphere, decor and pizza bases at Civerino’s seal the deal.
At first Glance: Friendly staff in great t-shirts lead diners to cosy tables, lit by wide set pendant lamps. See it here.
Bill of Fare: Italian pizza – with thin, crispy bases that fold (just) without cracking…perfect. Oh, and the house red (a Sangiovese) isn’t bad either. A range of fresh pastas and homemade sugos also available, as well as a selection of small plates ideal for sharing.
The Feeling: Relaxed, casual and smells divine. An instant hit and well worth another visit.
The Team: Young, attentive and enthusiastic Instagrammers. (#winning)
Doubtful: The Price…expensive for a couple of pizzas, but worth it for the quality. (If you’re considering the cardboard for sale in any of the takeaway chains…think again. They are not pizzas. Civerino’s will show you the real deal.) Italian quality, London price.
The Bottom Line: £40 for 2 pizzas, 1 starter to share. (We shared between 3 people.)
Find them: 5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1QW Telephone: 0131 220 0851