The margarita speciale at Origano


The Leith Walk pizza battle continues! Just a few doors down from La Favorita  is the intimate Italian restaurant Origano. This wee establishment doesn’t have the bright lights or the bluster of the Vittoria chain, but don’t let that fool you – this restaurant serves up some of the best pizza in Edinburgh and has the awards to prove it.

Origano - outside

Everything about this place is small and intimate. From the unassuming sign outside to the small dining area indoors, Origano has room for about 5-10 small tables, max. It’s almost like eating in someone’s front room, which gives it a lovely cosy atmosphere.

Even on a weeknight, it’s worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment as the place quickly fills up.

Inside Origano restaurant

The menu itself is pretty small too, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The pizza selection can fit on one side of an A4 sheet of paper (quite literally – that’s what the menu is printed on) but there is something there to suit all tastes, from the vegetarians, to the meat lovers, to those who fancy a little it of heat with their meal.

As myself and my dining companions were pondering over what to order (to have a starter or not to have a starter? That is the question!) I clocked their antipasto platter selection on the chalkboard. It was £10 for a large platter which seemed reasonable, so we gave the vegetarian option a shot.

Antipasti platter at Origano

When the platter came to the table, our eyes popped out of our heads. It looked absolutely fantastic. There was a huge range of bits and bobs to nibble on, such as bruschetta, oven roasted vegetables, olives, pesto dip, rocket salad and cheese. There was three of us at the table that night and it was more than enough – I would say that it could easily feed four people.

The margarita speciale at Origano

Then the main event – the pizza! You get a choice of sizes – small, medium or large. I ordered the medium but in hindsight after that amazing platter I would have done just fine with the small – heaven knows what the large must be like!

I was boring and ordered the margarita speciale, but it was lovely. The pizza dough was thin and crispy, there were a couple of cheeses and their special tomato sauce that gave the pizza a satisfying taste. Even though my belly was busting, I forced myself to eat the whole lot – it was that good.

If you’re looking for a cosy dining experience, then you should definitely consider booking a table at Origano. The food is great and the atmosphere is truly unique. Remember that it is a small place though, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Origano can be found at 277 Leith Walk, EH6 8PD. You can get there on any bus that goes down Leith Walk, namely the 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25 and 49. 

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