With more and more restaurants offering gluten free options in Edinburgh, it’s hard to keep up with my list of places to review. Keep an eye out for some major changes to this site soon, which will improve your experience of finding the best GF in the city.
Locanda de Gusti – an Italian restaurant which has been on my Must Visit list for some time now, had some excellent recommendations for it, so we were looking forward to it. And we were not disappointed!
Set along Dalry Road, relatively close to Haymarket, Locanda de Gusti is a smallish restaurant, but has a great bustle to it, even on a Tuesday night in February. The staff are just the most welcoming people ever and are clued up on gluten free eating (often the way with Italian restaurants). The menu is not extensive, but you can see that everything is freshly and beautifully made. On arrival our knowledgeable server crossed out the courses to avoid – this also shows that the menu is created regularly based on specials and seasonality.
With no fuss, I was brought a tiny frying pan of oil and balsamic and a warmed ciabatta roll (probably of the Schar variety, but as I was offered that at Castle Terrace, I suppose that is fine – and the oil was delicious).
I could have had a delicious sounding lentil soup with fresh tomato, but opted for the Burrata: a fresh and succulent cheese with anchovies, tomato and oil. We could (and should!) have shared one between two, but we enjoyed them anyway. My gluten eating friend was brought a little frying pan too, but hers included bread, tomatoes and other tasty morsels.
For mains, there are some amazing looking seafood feasts, which are piled high with fresh seafish or shellfish. There are also good vegetarian options and there is a range of GF pasta to choose from. I had the Scialatielli, that came with a bundle of tasty seafood, olive oil, garlic and chilli. It was so good and so beautiful too! My gluten eating friend had a vegetarian, butternut and pasta dish which looked lively and was enhanced with extra chilli.
For pudding they serve a gluten free tiramisu – something I have not eaten in five years now! As well as ice cream options. However, I was too full by this time, so opted for some peppermint tea, which came with one of those little ameretto biscuits. On pushing it across to GEF, the server stopped me and pointed out that these little delights are also GF! She sneaked me a few extras too – delicious little bundles of tastiness with the most oomphy and punchy freshmint tea I have had in a long time.
We came away, having enjoyed our meal with a bottle of lovely dry, Verdicchio wine, paying about £40 a head, which represents excellent value for this quality of food and service. There is a lovely bustle and vibe here, with babies and families and friendliness that just makes you feel super-welcome. It is refreshing to eat such excellent Italian food (rather than some of the chains we all use so often) and Locanda de Gusti is staying on my Must Visit list.