Divino, a characterful subterranean haven in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town recently expanded its kitchens and reshape the interiors so the restaurant, enoteca and al fresco space all have their own distinct areas. The restaurant boasts dark walls, wooden floors and plush leather seating which provides a luxurious setting where formally dressed waiters perform their duties with dexterity and grace to a backdrop of cool jazz music. With awards for its impressive wine list and best restaurant, Divino retains its place as one of the most romantic spots in Edinburgh.
This chic space maintains the opulent character and candle lit charm of those wine bars most of us have frequented in Europe, its vault location keeping a perfect temperature for storing. With over two hundred and fifty bottles to choose from and no less than three Enomatic machines, procuring something special by the glass is effortless.
Keep your eye on the web-site for regular wine masterclasses, run throughout the year and overseen by gracious and knowledgeable wine manager, Silvio Praino.
The a la carte includes a splendid starter of Burrata Pugliese — Mozzaralla with confit aubergine and croutons. It’s a dense and creamy delight with sun blushed tomatoes adding a fruity after-tang. Sarde Becca Fico, demonstrates the kitchen’s expertise – fragrant oven roasted sardines in a nest of pine nuts, raisins and crunchy breadcrumbs. From the mains, roast lamb is cooked to edge-of-rare perfection with a crispy skin, positively singing with fragrant mint and flawlessly partnered with sautéed artichokes and a light potato terrine. Always best to leave room for desserts like Pan Di Spagna al’arancia, a delicious moist and sweet orange scented cake filled with vanilla mascarpone and drizzled with kumquat sauce and dark chocolate sprinkles.