• Sonny Neil

New Italian restaurant opens doors to guests in Edinburgh’s New Town

Rico’s Ristorante, now open, seeks to attract the local community and visitors alike with authentic Italian dishes made from the best locally sourced ingredients.

Edinburgh’s latest destination Italian restaurant, Rico’s Ristorante, officially opened the doors to guests at 58A North Castle Street in the New Town last Friday, 9th July.

Scots-Italian Stefano Pieraccini, 25, has created the exciting new 56-cover restaurant and 20-cover bar on the former site of The Honours, which was previously owned by Michelin Star Chef Martin Wishart for 11 years.

Open for lunch and dinner five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday, Rico’s aims to attract city centre workers and the New Town community, as well as visitors to the city with a focus on top quality, authentic Italian dishes made with the finest, locally-sourced Scottish ingredients, including fresh pasta, made onsite daily.



Commenting on the launch of Rico’s, Stefano Pieraccini, said: “We’re really excited to be putting Rico’s on the map as Edinburgh top destination Italian restaurant.

“We think now is the time to bring something really different to Edinburgh city centre. The venue itself will be stylish, desirable and have a great atmosphere, but I also want it to be somewhere guests know they will get excellent, authentic Italian dishes and warm hospitality.

“It’s a great feeling to be announcing some good news after the trials and tests of the pandemic. We can’t wait to welcome guests to Rico’s.”



Named after Stefano's grandfather Enrico Pieraccini, Rico’s will become the latest addition to independent restaurant collection, The Rocca Group, which already includes The Broughton on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street, The West Room in Edinburgh’s West End and The Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews.

The Rocca Group is known for its dedication to quality and long tradition of great cooking, award wins and delivering great cuisine in a refined but relaxing environment. Building on the high standards he grew up with, Stefano and his team combine an eye for new trends with an unwavering commitment to quality.


Each venue has its own unique character, though they are connected by a shared passion for the very best food and drink, professional service and all-around excellence.

Rico’s is located at 58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LU. For more information, including reservations, visit the Rico's website and follow their Instagram for regular social media updates.