There are many brilliant little cafes and restaurants in Scotland's capital of Edinburgh, but if you're after some authentic Italian cooking, not to mention delicious coffee and pastries, then Centotre is the place for you! Having opened its doors in 2004, Centotre is the love-child, if you will, of Victor and Carina Contini, who are part of the family behind the celebrated Valcona & Crolla cafe. The couple wanted to bring simple, fresh and high-quality Italian cooking to the streets of Edinburgh and so decided to open their very own cafe, which has since been attracting the attention of both locals and tourists alike.
Located in a former bank, the setting for Centotre is rather grandois and the interior has been decked out with beautiful modern fittings and fixtures to make you feel at ease whilst sipping on your creamy caramel latte and munching on an almond croissant. The cafe has a simple set up with an Italian bar at the front of the premises and a cafe/restaurant towards the back. Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week, and what we love is that from Monday - Saturday, Centotre is open from 7.30am so you can fill up before a full day of sightseeing. The menu is simple and in the morning you can enjoy a range of fresh pastries, organic porridge, morning yoghurts and salads, Nona's homemade waffles or a full Scottish breakfst, all of which can be accompanied by 'the best coffee in Edinburgh', as the website boasts, or a deliciously rich 55% cocoa hot choccie. If you're after a spot of lunch or dinner, you can enjoy a range of authenticly Italian pizza's and pasta's, or Milanese-style meals, yummo.
Centotre sources all of its produce from local Italian Scots and the family recently aquired a large section of land so that they know have their own 'kitchen garden', as they state on the website. Here they can grow vegetables and herbs for their cafe and can also share their experiences of how to grow and prepare your own produce. You can be assured only the finest food at this little gem, (known as 'happy food' by the owners), and a dining experience that is relaxed, friendly and oh so delicious.
Get yourself over to Centotre and won't be disappointed. Meals start from around the £8 so while it's not McDonalds prices, it's most definitely worth it. Throughout August, the cafe is holding a range of events to coincide with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so it will be pumping this summer with a stack of things to see and eat! Check out www.centotre.com for a list of events as well as a full break down of the menu's and reservations. For all you foodies, take a look at their blog which you can find online here too. Buon Appetito.