Although the Contini family own 3 restaurants in Edinburgh, this is by no means a chain Italian restaurant. The Contini's have worked incredibly hard to develop their very special and authentic food offering in Scotland, since the day of their first arrival from rural Italy over 100 years ago. The Contini restaurant on George Street is a fabulous combination of Italian cooking, Scottish hospitality, and the grandeur of this former banking hall, now modeled on a Florentine Palazzo - making this is a very special place to eat, meet and celebrate. This is fresher than fresh cooking - they source produce direct from many sustainable Scottish suppliers, the markets in Italy and their very own 1 acre garden on the outside of Edinburgh. The homemade pasta and delicious Puglian focaccia is a particular speciality, and made fresh every morning. (To die for). Or try the lobster spaghetti or the incredible antipasto sharing plate. Great for groups and families, so bring your bella bambinos - i love that the Italian's are so welcoming of children in restaurants. Private Dining at Contini George Street The beautiful private dining room at Contini George Street (in conjunction with Bellavista, Italy’s answer to Champagne) has an impressive purpose built dining room table which seats up to 18. Perfect for corporate dinners, family gatherings, intimate weddings, tutored wine tastings or breakfast meetings. Choose between the Bellavista tasting menu or a more informal family style sharing menu. A more pleasurable and authentic Italian dining experience in Edinburgh is not to be found. Apart from maybe at one of the other Contini restaurants (see Cannonball and The Scottish Restaurant). A lovely family owned company, a beautiful restaurant, fresh and inspiring italian cooking - what's not to love!