Civerinos Slice: Edinburgh's new neighbourhood pizza bar
Charlotte Hulme super-sizes her appetite at Civerinos Slice, Edinburgh's new American-style neighbourhood pizza bar.
Arriving on a Saturday evening during the opening weekend of the Fringe, it’s no surprise that we find the restaurant in full fast-paced glory. Fortunately the crowds just added to the fun atmosphere created by the colourful décor and retro 80s vibe.
Starting off with a carafe of crisp rose, £10, we debate whether to indulge our inner-pigs with a full-size pie or stick to a slice. With six to seven choices of slice per day, the restaurant is popular with those looking for a quick bite but we’re in no hurry so we opt instead for 20 inches of doughy heaven.
Luckily we’re saved from the impossible task of having to choose just one topping by the half and half option, going for half Love Me Better (£4.80 a slice or £21 for a 20 inch pizza) with gorgonzola, nduja, red onion, garlic, parsley and sundried cherry tomatoes and half Pineapple Controversy (£5.20/£24), featuring the tropical fruit alongside sugo, pork shoulder, mozzarella and rocket.
We debate whether to indulge our inner-pigs with a full-size pie or stick to a slice
Being a bit of a pizza purist, I’ve always been reluctant to eat pineapple on a pizza, and owner Michele assured me I wasn’t the only one with pineapple prejudices - he’d only recently been tempted over to the fruity side by an experimental chef and a great recipe. I’m so glad we trusted his judgement as I am now firmly in the pro-camp of the Pineapple Controversy.
Our pizza was flavourful and cooked perfectly, while the toppings were punchy on the palette but far from overbearing. Side dishes range from house salads to spicy pork meatballs but we opted for the polenta chips, £5, with basil, sugo and parmesan - light and herby and just right to go with our pizza choices.
We just about managed to polish off 80% of the meal and had the leftovers boxed up to take home. Sadly, we were too full to embark upon the epic-sounding desserts (but I shall return soon for a Nutella Civerinos calzone). Instead, we washed down our feast with a glass each of the Civerino’s slush of the day, frosé, which, if you haven’t guessed already, is a frozen take on rose and just as delicious - the perfect palette cleanser and pick-me-up before heading back out to festival madness.
Civerinos Slice, 49 Forrest Road, EH1 2QP. Tel: 0131 225 4026 civerinosslice.com