103 George Street, 0131 225 1550

http://www.centotre.com

NEAR Five minutes to Assembly Rooms

Just turned five years-old, this snappy Italian sits in an imposing converted bank. The quality of the ingredients shines through here in simple dishes such as a taster plate of speck di Prosciutto, mozzarella di bufala, Italian tomato and basil. Their pizzas are critically acclaimed, the pastas are prepared fresh on the premises and the carne dishes, such as the pan-fried corn-fed chicken fillet with garlic, rosemary and white wine, are made with care. Some enthusiastic festival fans even make it in for breakfast, but we would rather sip a Sophia Loren at the bar later on in the day.

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