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Scotland the Best 2012

January 6, 2012

“Fabulous conversion by Victor and Carina Contini of a lofty, pillared Georgian room towards the west end of Edinburgh’s better boulevard into the classiest restaurant on the street and the most stylish joint in town. Passion for food and good service always evident; and they are ubiquitous (although they also run The Scottish Restaurant in Princes St Gardens). Bar and central pizza oven, unexpected combos in a straightforward, oft-changing menu. Great people-watching strip of tabes on the street. 7.30am till LO 10pm (11pm Fri/Sat), 11am-9pm Sun. Bar open late.”

– A recent review from Peter Irvine’s Scotland the Best 2012

Well done team and thanks to all our lovely customers, suppliers and friends for your continued support xx

Food Gem of 2011!!

January 6, 2012

“Blending the finest ingredients from Milanese markets with local produce, sophisticated Centotre is a haven for the food conscious. It has been flying the flag for Italian cuisine for the past seven years and was a big hit with our reviewer too! Buon appetito.”

– David Walsh, ION Edinburgh

Thank you ION, for including us in your list of “Food Gems of 2011” and congratulations to our fantastic team for all you hard last year – Here’s to another great year ahead xx

New Year, New Menu!

January 5, 2012

Happy New Year, Buon Anno to all our dear friends.

Good health in 2012! xx

New Menu for the Festive Season!

December 1, 2011

Christmas has come early at our house!! Today we’ve launched our new Festive Menu, celebrating all the goodness of our winter larder and full of delicious dishes to warm you through! We’ve got something for everyone, including: our favourite Piatto Della Nonna – our festive sharing platter full of Italian flavour and amore from Milano and our dedicated vegetarian and gluten free menu so that everyone can enjoy an authentic taste of Italy this Christmas. An early Buon Natale from all the team at Centotre, we look forward to seeing you soon!




Centotre – that’s 103 in Italian…

October 4, 2011


Vegetarian and Gluten Free!

September 16, 2011

Fresh, simple, Italian to be enjoyed with ALL your friends and family!!
We’re pleased to be offering not one but two menus (lunch and dinner) with dedicated vegetarian and gluten free options so that everyone can enjoy the fresh taste of Italy no matter your dietary needs. We’re always happy to adjust any dish to suit your requirements, please just ask!! Buon Appetito!

Handmade Orecchiette – Puglia Style

August 6, 2011

On our recent family holiday to Italy we were lucky enough to visit the Puglia region and there we found Lucia! Lucia was kind enough to show us how she makes orecchiette, by hand! It’s the way her mother made it, and her mother’s mother before her, and her mother’s mother’s mother before her, and her mother’s mother’s mother’s mother before her…! You get the idea!

Lucia’s family recipe uses semolina flour, fresh egg and a little water to bind. When time’s were tight, eggs were not an option and the family would just use flour and water. Check out the video’s on our Facebook page here – you can see how expertly she mixes, kneads, cuts and shapes the pasta. It’s not as easy as it looks! Trust us! We all had a go. One of the joys of running a family business is we get to work together, share a home together, holiday together and make pasta together!!

New Festival Menu!!

July 6, 2011

Summer has arrived (for the most part!) and with it our shiny new Festival Menu! Celebrating the festival season in Edinburgh and showcasing our most favourite Italian and Scottish ingredients! Including…

Poached Scottish langoustine with homemade Amalfi lemon mayonnaise; New season Italian Camone tomato with rocket, pecorino and fresh Italian watermelon; Our homemade gnocchi with triple cream Burrata from Puglia; Peelham Farm pork and Loch Arthur ricotta in homemade ravioli; Vialone Nano risotto with courgettes and courgette flower leaves served with Centotre British Rose veal meatballs; Chargrilled Scottish cod fillet served with summer stew of Italian borlotti beans and Pachino tomatoes; Peelham Farm lamb with fresh broad beans, East Lothian King Edward potatoes and a homemade salsa verde – to list just a few!!

And to finish try our homemade Italian peach and frangipane sponge with Loch Arthur ricotta cream laced with Amalfi lemon zest or our famous centotre Meringue served with homemade strawberry ice cream and fresh Scottish strawberries – yum!!

Reserve your table today and enjoy the flavours of the Italian summer with dishes made from the very best Scottish ingredients!
Tel: 0131 225 1550 or Email: reservations@centotre.com

New June Menu!!

June 1, 2011

It’s here! our new Giugno Menu is out!

In the month of June we’ve kept your favourites and added a few new seasonal flavours including fresh broad beans, Gorgonzola Dolce and Dublin Bay prawns.

We’ve also added three new desserts!!
TORTA DI RABARBARO
Rhubarb crumble with homemade vanilla ice cream

CREMA DI LIMONCELLO
Delicious homemade limoncello curd mousse with vanilla shortbread

RUM BABA
Rum Baba soaked in rum and served with homemade Marsala and raisin ice cream

Delicious dishes to celebrate the coming of summer! And, if you fancy just a taste of each, our tasting menu is back! A selection of our favourite dishes from the menu matched with wines from our new wine list (which is out this weekend!!)

Book your table today!
Call: 0131 225 1550 or email: reservations@centotre.com

HitListed!

May 9, 2011

We were absolutely thrilled with the recent List Eating & Drinking Awards held on the 26th April!

Centotre was HitListed as a highly-recommended Edinburgh breakfast destination – open from 7.30 daily (10am on Sundays), Live music venue – with our Jazzmain Trio joining us again this summer for sophisticated Sunday sessions! And, for our dedication to local produce, direct trade and seasonal Scottish ingredients! Well done to all the team and thanks again to all our customers, friends, suppliers and extended Love Happy Food family for your continued support!

Read full review below…

We are also excited to celebrate our sister venue, The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant’s, HitListing as a highly-recommended Arts Venue eatery! Well done to the TSC team and a big thanks to all our wonderful customers, friends and suppliers for your support – we certainly couldn’t do it without you!

The Scottish Cafe was also highly-recommended for their top notch Breakfasts – open from 8am daily (10am on Sundays), their delicious coffee – served all day (with homemade cake if you fancy it) and the same dedicated philosophy of direct trade – sourcing fresh seasonal Scottish ingredients as locally as possible from a long list of artisan producers from all over Scotland.

CENTOTRE
103 George Street, New Town, EH2 3ES | 0131 225 1550 | www.centotre.com
Open : Monday to Thursday – 7.30am until 10pm. Friday and Saturday – 7.30am until 11pm. Sundays – 10am until 8pm (extended in the Festival). Bar open : Monday to Saturday – 7.30am until midnight. Sundays – 10am until 10pm.

Like sister establishment The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, Centotre promises to serve ‘happy food’, their term for food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. True to their word, Victor and Carina Contini work with a large band of Scottish businesses and an impressive list of suppliers can be found on their website.

The interior of their George Street restaurant is also striking, a former bank with high, ornate ceilings, tall pillars and pristine white tables. Perhaps to cater for surrounding businesses Centotre opens nice and early at 7.30am for breakfast servings of pastries , rolls and even waffle dishes. The evening a la carte menu features pastas, pizza, salads and main courses. A starter of silky gnocchi is surrounded by cream, sprigs of dill and smoked salmon. A main course of venison arrives with a tangy horseradish dressing and grilled vegetables. Desserts at Centotre are worth saving room for, particularly a delightfully crunchy meringue filled with berries and cream.

+ Admirable commitment to local businesses
– Generous cream in pasta dishes might not appeal