A capital choice for city trip

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My Christmas present to my wife was tickets to the stage version of ‘Dirty Dancing’ at the Playhouse in Edinburgh.

We’d previously seen the show in London when I was one of the few males in attendance and certainly the only member of the audience not to have heard the line ‘Nobody puts Baby in the corner’.

I had wrongly assumed it to be part of some argument over child care.

With that in mind I was determined I would at least enjoy a hearty meal prior to the performance.

However, amid the scramble to get ready for Christmas, sorting out a venue was forgotten and nothing was booked as the morning to the show 

But, thanks to Vittoria on the Walk’s excellent online booking system, that was rectified in a few clicks.

And that was not the only time the restaurant on Leith Walk, established by current owner Tony Crolla’s parents in 1970, was to score top marks.

The place was bustling as we arrived – always a good sign – but, thanks to its unique layout, it never seemed overcrowded.

I’d already had a sneaky peek at the menu online so had decided on mussels as my starter.

On a recent trip up north I’d ordered the same dish, which turned out to consist of a grand total of six mussels. No such problems here – I lost count after 20 – and the accompanying garlic bread was perfect for mopping up the delicious bacon, cream and herb sauce.

At the other side of the table, Pauline’s choice of parma ham and melon was equally generous and delicious. We also enjoyed our shared side order of foccacia and there was plenty left to accompany our main courses - spaghetti carbonara for me and ravioli for Pauline.

I’d opted for Vittoria’s version of the classic dish, featuring cream, mushrooms and pancetta, and was suitably impressed. I also managed a wee taste of the ravioli – purely for reviewing purposes of course – and can confirm it was another excellent choice.

By the time we finished, the clock was ticking down to curtains up at the Playhouse but we managed to squeeze in a sweet.

Lemon sorbet is always a favourite of Pauline’s and she declared Vittoria’s a tangy taste sensation.

It was a traditional tiramisu for me. Light and fluffy rather than the stodgy version sometimes served up, it hit all the right notes.

Given the meal which we devoured, we were delighted that the Playhouse was just a short walk up the road, making Vittoria’s a perfect choice for anyone visiting the capital for a show or even a night out.

And I must mention the fantastic service at Vittoria’s, which extended to booking a table at another restaurant for a couple who couldn’t wait for a seat!

Vittoria on the Walk, 113 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh EH7 5HR. Telephone 0131 556 6171 or log on to {http:// www.vittoriagroup.co.uk|www.vittoriagroup.co.uk|Click here to visit Vittoria on the Walk}

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