The city’s Quartermile development features a mix of luxury apartments, cafes and businesses and will have 10,000 people living and working there upon its completion. Directors of P1 Edinburgh Barrie Brown, Michele Civiera and Robert Reid saw the opportunity to acquire the development’s first public house license.
BigHospitality talked to Civiera about the choice of location for the restaurant and what they intend to serve up at the venue.
Heart of Quartermile
P1 Edinburgh aims to turn Enzo into a destination venue for the south side of Edinburgh, making it the go to place for after work drinks or meals throughout the day.
Civiera said: “The idea for Enzo came about as my two business partners and I live in the Quartermile, we were looking for a new project to do and we were faced with this empty unit. We’re very familiar with the area and the demographic and we believed there was a need for a bar and restaurant in that particular part of Edinburgh.”
The site runs over two floors, with the bar on the ground floor and restaurant above. The bar has a capacity for 120, while the restaurant has 60 covers and there is also an outdoor terraced area which can seat 40 diners.
Civiera described the feel of the restaurant as ‘stylish’ and ‘modern’ and focusing on quality finishes using smoked glass, metal, stone and wall coverings.
Laid back dining
Enzo intends to offer traditional Italian dishes that are simple and stripped back, based on high quality produce that is both local and authentic Italian. The owners intend to place a high importance on presentation too to offer the complete dining experience.
The bar will be wine-led, of which many will be served by the glass. It will also offer Italian themed cocktails and a large range of beers, both continental brands and craft.
Civiera said: “It’s going to be a desirable location to visit whether for breakfast, brunch, lunch, drinks or dinner. We want it to be accessible all day and to fit all caps, but do it all well.”