New openings and guided tours make Edinburgh a great place to visit for lovers of food and drink.
Rico’s Italian restaurant
One of Scotland’s most successful young restauranteurs has launched an exciting new destination restaurant in Edinburgh’s New Town. The new 56-cover restaurant and 20-cover bar is situated on the former site of The Honours. Named after owner Stefano Pieraccini’s grandfather Enrico, Rico’s is the latest addition to Stefano’s growing portfolio of restaurants known as the Rocca Group, which includes The Broughton on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street and The Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews.
Open for lunch and dinner five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday, Rico’s aims to attract city centre workers and the New Town community as well as visitors to the city with focus on top quality and authentic Italian dishes made with the finest, locally sourced Scottish ingredients, including fresh pasta made onsite daily.
As well as a mouth-watering selection of cicchetti pre-dinner snacks, antipasti will include hand-dived Isle of Mull scallop and guanciale; risotto with east coast crab and shellfish bisque; and carpaccio of Tweed Valley beef fillet, smoked onion and truffle. Homemade pasta will feature pappardelle with organic Peelham farm rose veal ragù and black truffle. Showcase main courses will include oven baked sea bream served at the table; Tweed Valley ribeye; black faced lamb with violet artichoke; and fillet of Pittenweem day boat halibut. A fixed price set lunch menu will also be available.
The bar will be open to non-diners until around midnight as soon as all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, offering an extensive cocktail menu and an award-winning wine list supplied by Antinori; one of the most well-known names in Italian winemaking with a history that dates back almost 600 years.
Rico’s Pasta Bar
The pasta bar is the latest addition to the Rocca Group’s portfolio, which also includes The West Room and The Broughton, both favourites with Edinburgh locals for stylish drinks and delicious plates made with Italian flair.
Building on the high standards he grew up with, owner Stefano Pieraccini and his team combine an eye for new trends with an unwavering commitment to quality. Rico’s and Rico’s Pasta Bar have their own unique character and stand-out style, connected by a shared passion for the very best food and drink, professional service and bringing Italian traditions to the modern day.
Previous winner of ‘Pasta Chef of the Year’ in 2019, Chef Francesco Ascrizzi (or ‘Frank’ as he is more affectionately known) has created some of the freshest pasta dishes which are handmade daily with locally sourced Scottish ingredients of the highest quality. The menu consists of six dishes, with a daily filled pasta special dish and side options. Diners can choose from favourites like ‘aglio e olio’, rigatoni with tomato and basil, as well as truffle arancini, spicy pork ragu with sedanini pasta and spaghetti with East Neuk crab and shellfish bisque.
A top Edinburgh chef who has cooked for some of the world’s biggest music stars, including Taylor Swift, Metallica and Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler, is now bringing his own brand of Latin flavour and style to the capital’s New Town. Chef Scott Wyse has teamed up with well-known Edinburgh mixologist, Mike Lynch and a team of five to manage the 40-cover Superico Restaurant and 180 capacity Superico Bar and Lounge (a few doors up) at 99 Hanover Street. The style of Superico’s two new venues is influenced by the big, bold flavours of South America.
Signature South American dishes on the new Superico Restaurant menu include ceviche and crudo inspired by Nikkei cuisine in Peru, beef cheek with mole from Oaxaca in Mexico and fresh mojo sauces inspired by Chile.
Superico Restaurant at 83 Hanover Street is open Wednesday to Friday from 5pm, Saturday from 12pm and Sunday from 11am. A new Aperitivo menu will be on offer from 5pm all evening on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 5pm until 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays and includes two small plates and a cocktail per person.
Superico has also been shortlisted for the top Bar, Club & Lounge award at the Hospitality Design Awards in New York this September.
Superico Bar & Lounge
The 19th-century Georgian building and former banking hall is a ‘fiesta for the eyes’, having been transformed into a Chilean-inspired, sun-drenched party palace by top Edinburgh-based design studio, JA!COCO! Superico Bar and Lounge now resembles a Tamara de Lempicka painting, with Art-Deco-style shapes and jewel-like colours, including turquoise and bright yellow. There’s even a huge globe feature light that gives the illusion of a full moon.
Foodies, cocktail lovers and style gurus can look forward to a casual, but sophisticated venue to relax and socialise in the heart of the New Town. At Superico, Mike plans to focus on Aperitivo-style drinks with a section for spritzes and Martinis served straight from the freezer, as well as speciality wines from around the world served by the glass. Signature cocktails at Superico Bar and Lounge will include Padron Martini, Yuzu Spritz and Passiflora.
Open Wednesday to Saturday from 4pm to 1am, Superico Bar and Lounge plans to launch live DJ sessions at weekends, including Edinburgh’s DJ Nasty P, who has opened for Beyoncé.
Cold Town Brewery
One of Scotland’s leading independent breweries has opened its doors to the public for the first time, with the launch of new guided group tours from summer 2021. Cold Town Brewery in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is welcoming small groups of craft lager fans from around the country, who are now getting the chance to go behind the scenes at the iconic city-centre microbrewery to find out how Cold Town Beer is made, enjoy a masterclass tasting, and enjoy some of the best handmade pizza in town. As a working bar and microbrewery, visitors will be able to see how the microbrewery operates and follow the pipes from tank to tap. The brewing team will also be on hand to talk through the process and how they create their unique, recognisable flavours, with lots of time for questions.
Main photograph: the roof terrace at Cold Town Brewery