Jan 30 2013 By Tristan Stewart-Robertson
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THERE are a great many places to eat near the King’s Theatre – doors aplenty that open to a variety of food choices.
One of the nearest doors opens immediately to a stairwell down to Ristorante Teatro.
And while most Scots enjoyed haggis for Burns Night last week, I opted for quality Italian instead.
Formally known as Sannino, it’s a long-established fixture in this busy district of the city.
Refurbished last year, the white-seated, darkwood basement venue is anything but dark and foreboding.
Teatro is as warm as its staff are friendly – and with a guitarist playing in the background, I started with an insalata caprese of buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato, basil and olive oil (£5.95).
As a mozzarella addict, I found this a natural – and well-portioned – choice for a starter.
While sipping a large glass of house Sauvignon Blanc (£6.50), my main course – Teatro’s signature dish – arrived in quick succession.
The misto alla griglia – grilled mini-fillet steak, chicken breast, Italian sausage with truffle oil, mashed potato, wilted spinach and red wine jus (£15.95) – was a delicious and hearty option, though the beef was a little more rare than I’d normally go for.
When my waitress cleared my plate and asked if I was ready for dessert, I had to ask for a breather.
Her recommendation, when I was ready, was the tiramisu in a glass (£4.95).
Like all desserts at Teatro, it came with either a complimentary Baileys or champagne cocktail – a welcome bonus.
Ristorante Teatro has affordable lunches before matinees (from £6.95) and a pre-theatre option (from £9.95) to fit in with a King’s show.
The menu is extensive and bound to find favour, whatever your palette.
With so many doors to choose from, this is one you can feel confident to pass through.