Stunning new Edinburgh Italian restaurant set to open with mouthwatering menu

A stunning new Italian restaurant combining the best Scottish produce with traditional recipes is set to open in the capital next week.

Rico’s Ristorante on North Castle Street promises an authentic slice of Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere with diners able to savor freshly made pasta, mouth-watering antipasti and a selection of award-winning wines when the restaurant opens on July 9.

The restaurant – named after owner Stefano Pieraccini’s grandfather – becomes the latest addition to the 25-year-old Rocca group’s portfolio and takes over the site of The Honors restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart.

Pieraccini has already announced plans to open a pasta bar in the new St James Quarter development under the watchful eye of pasta chef Francesco Ascrizzi – who will join executive chef Paul Barber in Rico’s kitchen.

Up to 56 people will be able to dine out on a menu consisting of homemade Pappardelle with organic Peelham farm rose veal stew & black truffle; hand-dipped scallops and guanciale from the Isle of Mull; East Coast crab risotto and shellfish bisque and signature dishes, including Tweed Valley Ribeye; Black face lamb with purple artichoke; and Pittenweem Day Boat halibut fillet.

A 20-seat bar will also open until midnight from Wednesday to Sunday, offering an exclusive menu of cocktails prepared for the restaurant.

Executive chef Paul Barber, on the far left, owner Stefano Pieraccini, managing director Sébastien Weber and pasta chef Francesco Ascrizzi, aim to bring a slice of Italy to the capital. (Photo: Chris Watt)

The development has also created 25 additional jobs for the city.

Stefano said: “We are really excited to put Rico’s on the map as Edinburgh’s top destination Italian restaurant.

“We believe now is the time to bring something really different to Edinburgh city center. The place itself will be stylish, desirable and have a great vibe, but I also want it to be a place where customers know they will receive great, authentic Italian food and warm hospitality.

“It is a great feeling to report good news after the trials and tests of the pandemic. We look forward to welcoming guests to Rico on July 9th.

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