on October 18, 2012
Once all unpacked in our room me and my partner were both rather hungry so out popped our handy free map, we found Bella Italia just minutes walk from the hotel and the bonus of a 25% voucher. Entering the restaurant it looked wonderful as did the outside of the building. It had an old looking feel with different photos on the walls all in different types of frames. A waiter came to greet us straight away; he was lovely and welcoming and seated us at our table for two. The menus weren’t set out on the tables but the waiter came over with two even opening them ready for us.The menu was typed up in both Italian and English which fitted in well with the restaurant; you also have a choice of specials which were written up on the wall. The waiter left us for around five minutes so we could pick what we wanted to eat. I ordered a margarita pizza and my partner chose to have pasta and meat balls.As we were giving the waiter our order he also asked if we would like drinks, and well of course we did! His time keeping skills were fantastic, only a few minutes the waiter was back with our drinks. While waiting for our meals just observing the restaurant all guests seemed to be satisfied. It was clean, well looked after and all members of staff seemed happy which made it feel more at ease.We waited around 15/20 minutes and our food had arrived. My pizza was much bigger than expected but I was hungry so I welcomed the bigger meal! My pizza really was wonderful, nice soft, rich tomato sauce and the cheese was just right. So for me my meal really was five stars. Asking my partner what he thought of his main meal, he said it was nice however Frankie and Bennies are better!The whole ambiance of the restaurant was wonderfully fitting even down to the candle in the wine bottle on the table. The lights were down low to but you could still see fine, the tables were a little small and slightly close together but this all added to its cosy feel.As the waiter noticed we had finished with our meals as he was cleaning our table he asked if we would like to see the dessert menu. So as we are on our mini holiday of course we had to have a pudding! I and my partner always share a pudding as we never finish a whole one anyway so she decided on the warm cookie dough with vanilla ice cream.What can I say the dessert really was to die for, again like our meals was on the large side. Once we were finished it wasn’t long for the waiter to come take our plate away. We gave the waiter our voucher and asked for bill. Promptly as ever the bill arrived and for £20.70 two lots of drinks, two mains and one dessert is excellent value for money and the bonus really was the perfect service.Overall:Bella Italia is a chain of restaurants so I will certainly be trying the ones close to home. As we plan on going back to Edinburgh soon this is a place I will definitely be going again. The service was second to none, the food was scrumptious and the whole place just felt lovely. I really do miss this little place!The down side to this restaurant are that the toilets are upstairs and there is no lift facility, being that I have mobility problems this was a little bit of a pain. For wheelchair users sadly the area isn’t big enough for wheelchairs, there is another Bella Italia just up off the Royal Mile which is suitable.
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