It’s official – we love Divino Enoteca! Last night was my first visit to Divino and I think I have fallen in love with the place. The moment I walked in, I felt like I belonged there. Warmly welcomed by the staff, I was shown my table in the corner, surrounded by hundreds of wine bottles. I sat down and looked around and there was something magically relaxing and welcoming about the restaurant, I almost forgot about the stressful day I had at work! All it was missing was some live music and I could stay there forever! Of course I know that they do live music nights, so I will be back to enjoy top-notch wines and live entertainment in the near future.
Divino Enoteca is located just off George IV Bridge on Merchant Street. The 100 cover venue is divided into 3 sections: informal dining area with bar and open kitchen plan, restaurant area, and private dining space. The owners decided to extend the space and convert the outside garden into a private events room for hire.
The restaurant has just relaunched after a six-week refurbishment and I was desperate to try their new refined menu, created by very talented chef Francesco Ascrizzi. Francesco decided to take a contemporary approach to traditional authentic Italian cuisine, using only the freshest and finest ingredients.
The new elegant look of Divino, features comfortable chairs, banquettes, booths and rich oak floors.
“Bigger, better, bolder” – that’s how Tony Crolla (owner) summarised the new look.
The main focus is of course on wine, and the restaurant extended their offers for wine lovers to bespoke wine tasting dinners. You can see their passion for wine from the moment you walk in – every wall is decorated with a stunning selection of wine bottles, and the centre stage is a revolutionary automated wine dispenser – Enomatic.
Divino Enoteca is the only restaurant in Scotland that has an automated system of serving wines, that enables bottles of red or white wine to be opened and protected from oxidation, ensuring an unspoiled glass of wine every time. The venue already has under its belt, the ‘Best Wine Llist’ and ‘Best Italian Restaurant in Scotland’ awards, and is set to dominate the high end Italian restaurant scene in Edinburgh.
Some things never go out of fashion, or fall out of favour and this is a great service and simple good quality food…
Sarde ‘Becca Ficco’ Oven roasted sardines filled with a mixture of breadcrumbs, pine nuts, herbs, raisins in a velvety tomato sauce
A true classic Italian dish. Sardines are really versatile and good value fish, containing a lot of omega-3 essential fatty acids, EPA & DHA, as well as a wealth of other nutrients, from vitamin D to calcium.
I was not sure if I was going to like the dish, but the first taste totally changed my mind. A very light and velvety tomato sauce was an excellent accompaniment to filled sardines. The whole dish was a delicious big dose of skin-boosting nutrition!
Burrata Pugliese-the creamiest mozzarella accompanies with confit aubergine, sun tomato and crispy croutons
If you love Italian food, you will love this starter. An indulging mouth-watering combination of soft and creamy mozzarella with sun-blushed tomatoes and crispy croutons.
Carré Di Agnello – The Finest cut of lamb, a 3 bone rack of roasted lamb and sauté artichokes, with a mint and lamb jus. Served with a creamy potato terrine.
A bone-in lamb leg can be a little trickier to carve, but the bone holds so much flavour and I prefer my lamb to be roasted on the bone. I loved the tenderness of meat and intense flavour of the lamb jus.
Risotto Asparagi E Liquirizia
Carnaroli rice risotto with asparagus and shallots infused with liquorice, finished with Pecorino and extra virgin olive oil.
A lovely risotto with great fresh flavours, and adding asparagus really paid off in the end with fantastic depths of flavour. Considering there is no cream added to it, the dish is deliciously creamy! Particularly good with a large glass of dry white wine alongside…
Pan Di Spagna All’arancia – A moist orange scented cake, filled with a sweetened vanilla mascarpone, served with Kumquat sauce and dark chocolate shavings
This very simple, but delicious, moist sponge cake with a cream cheese filling was bursting with orange flavours.
Selezione Di Formaggi
Selection of regional Italian cheeses with chutney, honey, nuts and celery
Good wine and good cheese make the perfect combination. The delicious selection of regional Italian cheeses, was a great finish to a lovely evening.
Divino Enoteca has already gained a reputation as one of the most romantic restaurants in Edinburgh and with a new addition of regular wine tasting evenings and additional space, I am sure that it will continue to strengthen its position in very competitive Edinburgh dining scene.