Quality Scottish produce with an Italian twist is set to be the dish of the day as Macdonald Holyrood Hotel's signature restaurant, Rocca@Holyrood this week launched its new menus.

With newly appointed head chef Tom Falconi at the helm, Rocca@Holyrood unveiled an exciting revamp of its brasserie-style dining concept. Combining the freshest, finest Scottish ingredients with the gastronomic traditions of Italy, the new menus promise a delicious fusion of cultures in a relaxed, welcoming setting.

Amongst the new dishes created by Falconi, lunch diners will revel in the likes of antipasti sharing boards featuring artisan cured meats, crispy paprika whitebait and pork and thyme meatballs. They can also indulge in crispy based flatbreads topped with prosciutto, fresh figs and red onion or wild mushrooms and roast garlic.

Highlights from the à la Carte dinner menu include wild roast cod with a soft herb crust served with cannellini bean and vanilla casserole. Alternatively, savour pan-fried lamb loin with fondant potato and ratatouille, followed by tiramisu and cocoa sorbet.

Tom Falconi, the 40-year old head chef at Rocca@Holyrood, commented: "Italian cuisine has quality, tradition, hospitality and warmth at its heart. These are all values we share at Rocca. The new menus celebrate the best Scottish ingredients with a fun Italian twist."

With over 25 years of industry experience, Falconi is relishing his new role at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel; "We have a fantastically talented group of chefs here, all with a real verve for outstanding cuisine. I am really looking forward to bringing my culinary influences to the table and making my mark." 

Richard Mayne, Regional Managing Director of Macdonald Holyrood Hotel added: "After a fantastic summer, sating the appetites of visitors to the Edinburgh Festival not to mention the Commonwealth Games diving teams, we are really thrilled to be taking Rocca@Holyrood in a new direction.

"There is a real emphasis on quality food and outstanding service across Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. Rocca echoes this with a fun, relaxed offering set to bring out the Italian in all of us."