Edinburgh’s Italian fine dining restaurant Mono has recently launched a casual menu designed to be enjoyed at the bar, preferably with a glass of wine.

Located on South Bridge, just minutes from Princes Street and the Royal Mile, Mono is the only restaurant in Scotland offering this style of  Italian-inspired cuisine and has quietly been making waves in Edinburgh’s foodie scene since it opened last summer.

Mono

Picture: Mono

This month Michelin trained Executive chef Maciek Zielinski and Italian owner Joe Crolla have extended their offering with the launch of the enoteca menu for the restaurant’s wine bar – small plates designed to be enjoyed throughout the day (from midday) and suited to sharing.

The new menu features some of the restaurant’s favourite modern, Italian infused dishes and ingredients which have been designed to introduce diners to the sophisticated side of the country’s cuisine.

Forget pizza and pasta, this is a gatronomic tour of Italy’s very best produce and regional gastronomy.

Dishes include: sourdough bread with Tuscan style pate; marinated burrata served with black olive cracker and a must-try arancini with celeriac with gorgonzola and walnut.

For something a bit different, and ideal at lunchtime, try the octopus, chickpeas, fennel and grapefruit salad.

Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed by the lemon tart, chocolate cannolo, and hazelnut chocolates.

Owner Joe Crolla has said: “People think they know Italian food but Scotland still only knows half of it.

“There’s more to it than just pizza and pasta and our new menu has been carefully put together to draw out a more contemporary approach to Italian food and drink with hero ingredients like Lardo di Colonata.

“There’s a wealth of Italian culinary heritage but at its core is a respect for the very best ingredients. This menu is designed to encourage people to think again and understand more contemporary Italian cuisine.”

Mono

Picture: Mono

To accompany the enoteca menu is a wine list that champions multi-awarded, artisanal, independent growers, organic, biodynamic, sustainable and natural producers and lesser known grape varieties.

The wines represent Italy with a real sense of authenticity and place, and there’s also a number of non-Italian wines including exclusive and rare editions.

The enoteca menu will be available Tuesday to Sunday. There will be a soft launch with 25% off all dishes from 5th – 17th February.

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Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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