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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

Centotre – that’s 103 in Italian…

October 4, 2011


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.

103 George Street, New Town, EH2 3ES | 0131 225 1550 |
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

Downstairs at Centotre

July 12, 2010

Perfect for your special occasion!

Thank you to Kate and Veronica for your kind words. It was our pleasure and we hope to see you again soon.

We came to Centotre, The Downstairs on Saturday. I am writing to say a Massive Thank You for everything.
The food was fantastic, the room was excellent and Kenneth, our slave (Thats how he described himself to us!) he was marvellous. He sorted everything out regarding drinks and orders and is a credit to your company. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to everyone who was involved for our fabulous evening.
I will highly recommend your restaurant to anyone who says they are visiting Edinburgh.
Thanks again


Can I just say a HUGE thank you on behalf of my Father and the whole family.  We had a wonderful night, the food, the wine, the cake and the staff were all excellent, it could not have been more perfect and clearly my Dad loved the venue as it has been many years since I have heard him singing!!!!
Many many thanks for a memorable evening.
Kind regards

Aperitivo Hour!

May 19, 2010

Complementary nibbles when you brighten up your week with some Centotre cocktails.

(Monday-Friday, 3pm-6pm)

Tweet Love November

November 10, 2009

Cool tweets from friends over last couple of weeks.

If you’re not already, why not follow us on Twitter:

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more about “Tweet Love November“, posted with vodpod


Comments like this make it all worthwhile.

November 3, 2009


We recently picked up on the following comment received by the prestigious Restaurant Guide web site:

“My boyfriend and I visited Centotre last Friday night and what a great time we had! I had eaten there for lunch before but never been in the evening, the chandelier there is beautiful and creates a lovel ambience. It was my partner’s birthday so I requested one of the booths at the window which we were told normally cannot be reserved, the person who took the reservation said they would do their best to get one and sure enough one was saved for us when we arrived. We were greeted by the very friendly owner who showed us to our table. Our waitress was lovely, very attentive but also knew when to leave us alone. The food was delicious, fresh and not at all stodgy as is sometimes the case with Italians. After our meal we got chatting to the owner and after mentioning my boyfriend’s birthday were presented with two limoncellos on the house. It was a great night, we’ll definitely be back!”

Victor responds: “We’re both delighted and humbled at such praise, and grateful to customers who take the time to comment on these online guides.

It also encourages us to continually keep up and surpass the high standards we hold ourselves to in offering the very best to our customers.

Molte Grazie.”

Happy Customers

September 1, 2009

Out of our 4000 customers last week we had just 4 complaints! That’s about 0.1% of our customers weren’t 100% satisfied with their experience. Of course we don’t want anyone to not enjoy their time with us, but we are trying really hard and are very happy with these results!

We’re always looking for ways to improve and keep our guests happy. If you have any suggestions please feel free to let us know!


Centotre Review: Lisa Stewart,

August 3, 2009


Lisa Stewart, 43, a marketing consultant who lives in Newington, picks her top five places for al fresco dining

1 Bisque bar & brasserie, Bruntsfield Place It’s hidden from view, leafy and quiet. Delicious salads, homemade burgers, the best of Borders beef and classic fish cakes give a flavour of its treats. All great value.

2 A Room in Leith, Dock Place Sister of A Room in Town and A Room in the West End, this Scottish bistro on a pontoon offers a lunch menu that changes daily and a dinner menu featuring interesting meat, fish and vegetarian options.

3 Petit Paris, The Grassmarket Checked tablecloths draped over rustic tables in the square create the perfect venue to dine on traditional mussels, fish soup and other French delicacies.

4 Centotre, George Street At this city centre venue, both sophisticated and more traditional Italian food is served by friendly staff in relaxed European style.

5 Oloroso, Castle Street This restaurant has imaginative, contemporary cooking down to an art. The outdoor menu is simple but the choices are deliciously fresh and perfect for a hot day.

See article here