Before I even start my Civerinos rave fest, I have to tell you that this post has been a long time in the making. For quite a while now, I’ve been eating at Civerinos, even without my camera on occasion! But because I wanted to document and share this deliciousness with you, my camera joined for the ride (to the dismay of some of my companions!).
Civerinos is a buzzing restaurant serving up Italian street food in the heart of Edinburgh, just off the famous Royal Mile. The location is central, the food is delicious, and you should prioritize a visit when in Edinburgh. Here’s why…
1. The Pizza
Civerinos is first and foremost a pizzeria. The pizza is what brings all the boys and girls to the yard. I regularly have cravings for Civerinos pizza, and as someone who has had pizza in Naples, I can assure you that this place hits the spot. Browsing the Civerinos Instagram account instantly makes me hungry. Give it a go, you’ll see why.
On any given night, the kitchen is busy slinging pizzas straight from the oven to tables. Pizzas are served with pizza cutters so you can happily cut your own uneven slices of the good stuff. The pizza has quickly become a highly coveted item in Edinburgh and the menu speaks for itself. Here’s a sample of menu items past and present:
- Quattro formaggi loaded with taleggio, pecorino, gorgonzola, and parmesan… sweet baby cheezus.
- Burrata, crisp broccoli, garlic oil, parma ham, and truffle aioli… a personal favourite of mine.
- The Hangover Pizza topped with smoked pancetta, Italian pork & fennel sausage, fried egg on a tomato and mozzarella base… Sunday morning madness.
- Fresh pancetta, prawn, pesto, and ricotta cheese… so much yes.
- 18 hour slow-cooked pulled pork shoulder, apple sauce, and parmesan… because pulled pork is king.
And that’s not even all of it! So you can imagine the choice that might be on offer when you arrive. Decisions, decisions. The toppings are fresh and flavourful, and most importantly, Civerinos doesn’t cheap out on the cheese. And the crust… that crust is just too good. It has a balanced crisp and chew to it. I have to note that the margherita pizza here is incredibly good. I still remember when my first slice of Civerinos margherita pizza blew my taste buds away! Ideally, you’ll come to Civerinos with a few pals, each person orders a different pizza, and you mix and match the slices. It’s a huge win for everyone involved!
2. The Starters, The Salads, The Pasta
Of course, you can complement your pizza with some Italian street food starters. We’re talking zucchini fries, arancini (fried rice balls), calamari, meatballs, olives, burrata. You could make yourself a damn good meal on starters alone! I’m a fan of the arancini and the calamari, but you can’t go wrong with any of the starters here.
If you want to keep things light, you can opt for a salad. But let’s be real: with all the pizzas flying through the place, it would be impressive to resist that carby goodness! In any case, the salads are still worthy. For instance, last summer Civerinos put together a salad of chargrilled peaches, ricotta cheese, smoked pancetta, tomatoes, rocket, and roasted pine nuts. Now that is a salad I can get behind.
And of course, it wouldn’t be an Italian eatery without a few pasta dishes on offer. Meatball rigatoni, spaghetti carbonara, and pesto linguine currently sit on the menu and the portions are hearty!
3. The Nutella Calzone
You read that correctly. A damn Nutella calzone is on the menu. Be warned, it’s definitely meant to be shared. Unless you’re an absolute champ who can down this solo. In that case, I salute you.
The Nutella calzone is pretty awesome though. Civerinos’ signature dough is folded into a pocket, stuffed with Nutella, topped with icing sugar, and served with cream on the side. It’s every Nutella lover’s dream. After a meal of starters, pizza and/or pasta, the Nutella calzone may be too great a beast to tame afterward (I do have a carb limit!), so I recommend paying Civerinos a visit specifically for this indulgent dessert. Pair it with a fresh Italian coffee and your treat yo’self game is on point.
4. The Desserts
If the Nutella calzone seems too big a mountain to climb, don’t worry, there are other temptations for your sweet tooth. The dessert menu, though small, is rewarding. I’m a fan of the tiramisu, which is creamy, caffeinated, and topped with a crunchy amaretti biscuit. Eating this transported me back to the historic streets of Rome!
The limoncello posset is a refreshing feature on the dessert menu. It’s smooth, light, sweetly flavoured of lemon, and topped with crumbled amaretti biscuits. If you want a palate-cleansing treat that will take you to Sorrento’s sunny coast, then the limoncello posset is absolutely for you.
The newest dessert addition is the hot Italian zeppole doughnuts, which are served with cream and (optional) Nutella. But there shouldn’t be anything optional about that Nutella. You MUST get it! Again, this is a hefty portion that is meant to be shared. But let me tell you, they are hella DELICIOUS! These little doughnut clouds are coated in cinnamon sugar and served piping hot. They taste fantastic on their own, but when dipped in Nutella and cream, they’re taken to a WHOLE. NOTHA. LEVEL. I recently took a friend to Civerinos and we both fawned over how good these were. Definitely worth getting them!
Finally, the affogato at Civerinos is perfect if you can’t decide between dessert and coffee and you just want a bit of both! Fresh Italian coffee is served in a macchinetta alongside a cup of smooth vanilla ice cream. There is something so satisfying about pouring espresso onto ice cream and watching it seep through. Some might even say it’s sensual.
So are you convinced to get your ass down to Civerinos now? Are the pictures making you salivate? Are you currently craving pizza? Yes, yes, and yes? Good. That’s my job here done then. Over and out, pizza lovers.