Civerinos is still a relatively new addition to Edinburgh’s Italian/ pizzeria scene, which is enjoying a delightful boom at the moment. For a long time, the likes of La Favorita (quite rightly) dominated as the king of Edinburgh pizzas, but now there are lots of new players, and it’s great that there’s now a much bigger choice for those craving an Italian treat on a Saturday evening!
I went with a couple of chums during the height of the festival season. In all honesty, I didn’t have high hopes for getting a table. It was a stone’s throw from the epicentre of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the Royal Mile, meaning that it was in the perfect spot for drawing in hungry festival punters. Unbelievably, we managed to get a table outside in the glorious late summer sunshine. I think we were very lucky though, as shortly after we were sat down I could hear the waitress telling new potential customers that it could be a 30-45 minute wait for a table.
The inside of Civerinos has a really informal, laid-back vibe. The tables are long with accompanying benches, made for communal dining. Even at our spot outside, we shared our table with a couple of other ladies who were grabbing a snack between shows.
Being festival season, the place was packed to the rafters and enjoying a roaring trade. Even outside the peak season though, Civerinos is growing a good reputation and more people are making it their ‘go-to’ place for a decent pizza – not bad for somewhere that just opened earlier this year.
The drinks on offer were pretty standard for what you’d expect at an Italian place – decent coffee, a selection of Sanpellegrino juice and lots of lovely liqueurs like amaretto and limoncello 😉
There were three of us at the table, but the pizzas are quite sizeable so we ordered just two between us, and that worked out as the perfect amount.
The menu describes the pizza as ‘artisan sourdough’, and I must admit the base on both pizzas was lovely – a nice thin crisp base absolutely covered with lashings of toppings!
This was particularly true for the chainina beef polpetta meatball and mozzarella pizza pictured above. It came with loads of lovely tomato sauce and in my opinion was like a pizza version of meatball bolognese – just replacing the pasta with a pizza base!
The other pizza – Italian sausage meat, onion and rocket – I was so excited about I started chopping it up before I remembered to take a picture! Whoops!
This was my favourite of the two we ordered – I liked the sausage meat, the rocket (which I’m normally not a huge fan of) wasn’t too overpowering and there was just the right amount of tasty red onion. The overall topping combo wasn’t too sloppy either, which meant it was much easier to eat with my hands (the only way a pizza should be eaten IMHO)!
Civerinos is one establishment in the touristy Royal Mile area that is adored by visitors and locals alike. Word of their fine Italian fare is spreading fast, and for good reason. Now the busy season is over, it should be much easier to secure a table – so be sure to try the relaxed dining experience in this joyful little pizza joint.
You’ll find Civerinos (website) at 5 Hunter Square, EH1 1QW. It’s just off the Royal Mile, so really handy for just popping in for a spot of lunch during a day seeing the sights!