Italian chef and owner Giovanni Cariello has created a perfect slice of Italy in the tastefully decorated La Bruschetta, situated in the busy heart of Haymarket. With only 20 covers, the restaurant is intimate without being crowded, and the dedicated and friendly team is on-hand to share their knowledge of the menu. The freshly decorated dining room showcases La Bruschetta’s extensive collection of exclusively Italian wine.
With a wealth of experience working in Italy and Scotland, and a large local following, chef Giovanni takes fresh local produce and creates menus that change with the seasons, specialising in fresh fish and seafood which is delivered daily. When we visited, the daily specials board boasted langoustines, scallops in a delicious sauce served with warm fresh bread, and sea bass cooked in rich lemony butter with sautéed potatoes and rosemary. The menu del giorno was a delight, offering choices such as fresh mussels with garlic and black pepper, mixed bruschetta paired with beautifully seasoned tomatoes, and filleto di pollo Nostrano: succulent chicken fillets pan-fried in green peppercorn, whisky and cream sauce. Desserts included delicious crème brûlée with rum and Grand Marnier, and a warming fig and nut tart made with Vin Santo.
No matter what the occasion, the whole restaurant may be hired for special functions. As one of the few restaurants in Scotland to have been awarded the Eccellenza Italiane, this little haven of Italian fine dining in the middle of Haymarket is sure to delight.