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257 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 6BR | 01224 590300 | www.amaronerestaurant.co.uk

Describing itself as “Contemporary Italian”, Amaroni offers a comprehensive menu of antipasti, focacce e pane, pasta, pizza, seafood, steaks and meat dishes. It is open from 10am to 10pm daily and serves breakfasts.

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15 Bon Accord Street, Aberdeen AB11 6BR | 01224 232707 | http://www.aperitivoaberdeen.com

Specialising in Italian cuisine and tapas.

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337 North Deeside Road, Peterculter, Aberdeen | 01224 732902 | www.borsalinorestaurant.com

The Borsalino Restaurant has been part of Aberdeen’s dining scene since 1976, specialising in Italian food. The restaurant is in an unusual wooden building. This wood lined interior adds to the unique character and informality of the dining room.

The food is good authentic Italian cuisine. We can particularly recommend pastas and the pizzas.

Heading out towards Banchory on the A93, it is just on the left, past the Rob Roy bridge, leaving Peterculter.

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Union Square, Aberdeen AB11 5RG| 01224 595256 | www.carluccios.com/restaurants/aberdeen

The Aberdeen branch of the Carluccio’s chain. We’ve not yet sampled the Aberdeen Carlucci’s, but at another one of the chain we were impressed with the quality of the pasta dishes. Why not submit a review?

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32 Union Terrace, Aberdeen | Telephone 01224 624145

Open only until 7.30pm (closed Mondays), Carmines is a tiny, cramped hole-in-the-wall cafe with a wonderful, unpretentious Italian café atmosphere.

Here, the owner berates and teases his guests (with good humour!). Occasionally he even bursts into song while cooking! (Particularly memorable was the gentle teasing of a friend with a broken wrist, struggling to eat his pizza. But, heart of gold - the owner whisked the pizza away and returned it in a jiffy, cut it into fork sized pieces!)

The food is simple, pizzas and pasta rule - but excellent. We particularly like the pizzas which are more authentic Italian than any pizza chain could produce!

Seating being very limited, booking is possible, but don't be surprised if you are still told "five minutes" when you arrive and you are invited to wait out on the pavement! (But beware, Mr Carmine's "five minutes" can prove quite elastic!)

The restaurant has no licence but you can take your own wine to drink with the meal.

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Ciao Napoli

10 Bon Accord Crescent, Aberdeen AB11 6DN | 01224 213223 | www.ciaonapoli.co.uk

A family-run restaurant focussing on Neapolitan cuisine, using the best of local meat and seafood.

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Da Giorgio

Kirkton of Skene, Aberdeen AB32 6XE | 01224 743264 | www.dagiorgiotrattoriaskene.co.uk

Just a short distance to the west of Westhill, Da Giorgio is based in the old Red Star Inn. The lounge bar has been converted into a lively small restaurant.

The menu features Italian favourites with a particular focus on seafood. But, if you think that Italian food is pizza, you are likely to be disappointed. The night I was there, pizza did not feature at all on the menu! I went for the ham shank with beans, which was delicious, while my wife chose pasta and was equally satisfied.

It's always a good sign when the people in charge are the owners and, at Da Giorgio, the owners are the chef working with the co-owner and his wife who run the actual restaurant.

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Jamie's Italian

38 Union Street, Aberdeen | 01224 925175 | www.jamieoliver.com/italian/aberdeen

The TV chef Jamie Oliver puts his name on Jamie's Italian in the former Esslemont & Macintosh department store near the east end of Union Street. Indeed the E&M black and white mosaic has been renovated and even features on the menus.

A big spacious, informal restaurant on two floors with a range of seating, including long tables for bigger parties. Many of the starters come on 'planks', which are strategically placed on the table so that you can share. As you would expect the food tastes that little bit special.

The main courses cater for all tastes with seafood and even rabbit for the more adventurous through to steak or burger for those who 'know what they like and like what they know'.

Jamie's Italian combines the informality of a diner, with quality ingredients and a sense of occasion to create a dining experience that appeals. This is not fast food, our two-course dinner lasted two hours in all.

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La Lombarda

Castle Street, Aberdeen | Telephone 01224 640916 | www.lalombarda.co.uk

Claiming to be Britain's oldest Italian restaurant, after years of ownership by the Italian family who founded it, La Lombarda has had two sets of new owners in recent years. It has a very central location — right at the east end of Union Street, on the corner of Castlegate — making this a very easy restaurant to find.

Italian food is the speciality and it is served in a busy cafe style dining room. The main part of the restaurant is a strange mix of Olde English decor and Italian design cues, but the newer extension is more Mediterranean in style.

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Mi Amore

80-82 Huntly Street, Aberdeen AB10 1TD | Telephone 01224 639198 | www.amoreitalianrestaurant.co.uk

Combining traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

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Pizza Express

402 Union Street, 47 Belmont Street, Aberdeen and Union Square, Aberdeen | www.pizzaexpress.com

A cut above the many other pizza chains. Convenient, enjoyable and good quality. A particular favourite is the Etna Romana which has a bit of fiery heat from the peppers and a lovely thin soft-but-crispy crust.

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7 Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JG | 01224 647777 | www.poldinos.co.uk

Long-established Italian restaurant and pizzeria on a granite cobbled street right in the heart of Aberdeen. The Mither Kirk of St Nicholas, the Art Gallery andHis Majesty's Theatre are within a few hundred yards. And Ma Cameron's and the Old School Bar are just across the road if you want a pre, or post, dinner drink.

The location is all the more attractive since the area has been pedestrianised.

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62 Union Row, Aberdeen Ab10 1SA | 01224 632111 | www.rustico-restaurant.co.uk

Rustico's specialises in Southern Italian cooking, but we have a suspicion that the portions are rather larger than they would be back home!

Sometimes restaurants that are generous with the amount of food sacrifice quality for quantity. Rustico's, however, came up trumps. We might not have emptied our plates but we enjoyed what we ate!

The salamis and parma ham were succulent, the pastas were delicious and the Negroamaro wine just had to be drunk. The service was attentive, at a pace to suit a leisurely meal and the atmosphere was friendly and nicely informal.

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Via Roma

55-57 High Street, Inverurie AB51 3PY | 01467 621378 | romarestaurant.co.uk

This is an Italian restaurant in the stereotypical British style. The restaurant has an informal atmosphere, with the usual Italian and football flags. All in all it was an enjoyable meal with good service.

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