Prezzo has a remarkable location out in Newhaven habour. You can sit outside this Prezzo, on a raised deck, just a pizza crust throw from the water. In some ways it rivals the view from the Old Chain Pier as you can see inland as well as out to sea. Alternatively, as I always do, you can sit inside. The view from the window is nearly as good or you can retreat into the shadows and cool down.
I’m a bit harsh on my Prezzo visits. I’m usually in Prezzo for two reasons. The first is that I’m usually in London on a business trip. The second is that the Prezzo is the first “good enough” location I’ve found to eat in that’s near the hotel. My trips to Newhaven’s Prezzo reminds me that that’s a harsh way to view the chain. Yes, it might be a chain but I’ve always found the staff at this branch to be fast and friendly.
The menu at Prezzo is Italian. There’s a mixture of pizza, pasta and some grills. The menu is all online so you don’t need to take my word for it. It’s a little posh. You’re paying a little bit extra for the fantasy titles but you’re not paying too much more and the food isn’t that fancy. This is good. I’m not a fan of fancy. I like my food simple.
I think Prezzo’s menu really comes into its own on the desserts. You can get icecream burgers here – the Gelupo Gelato Burger. It’s not quite an ice cream sandwich as it’s really (and as advertised) a touched brioche bun they use.
Combine the wonderful location, with friendly staff and a menu that’s pretty safe – this Prezzo is an under rated, almost secret, haunt here in Edinburgh. I suppose that’s true of Newhaven harbour as a whole. You’re unlucky if you have a bad experience here and if the weather is kind you can have a gloriously relaxing time in the sun.