Independent pizzeria Pizza Geeks is collaborating with Cask Smugglers cocktail bar on Waverley Mall’s rooftop to create a permanent location in the centre of Edinburgh.

Following Pizza Geeks’ latest opening at the shore in Leith, which has so far been their biggest project to date, the team at Pizza Geeks is joining forces once more to collaborate with Cask Smugglers where it will have a permanent kitchen residency and "pair their pizzas with delectable cocktails".

With “unrivalled views over the capital, it doesn’t get much better than Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop - you can enjoy alfresco pizza with paired cocktails into the evening”, the firm said.

The collaborators are launching a brand-new menu designed especially for the kitchen takeover, which will be their most extensive yet.

The rooftop menu will feature a range of loaded fries, sides, pizzas such as ‘The Braveheart’ with Stornoway black pudding, haggis and salami Napoli. They plan to eventually have a late-night menu element and a larger summer outdoor area, as restrictions ease further.

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Pizza Geeks is known for the “Pizza for the People” initiative. It has so far given over 13,000 pizzas to people in need. In 2018 they launched Pizza for the People, their one for one initiative that sees sales of their featured pizza matched and donated to homeless and disadvantaged people within their local community.

The firm has been working with local charities and organisations to ensure their pizzas get to where they are most needed. Alternatively, you can click the button to buy a pizza for someone in need, with a new option of a paying it forward scheme which they have launched at Waverley. Donating pizzas is just the start, the firm said, in the long term the vision is to give training and skills within the community "to give people a real chance to get back on their feet".

Simon Hossack, “squadron leader” for Pizza Geeks at Cask Smugglers said: "We are so thankful to be reunited once again with Cask Smugglers on our voyage to deliver mouth-watering pizzas to the realm alongside their amazing cocktails.

“We are huge fans of theirs and our  maesters  have created special menu items to pair seamlessly with choice libations. The location is a sight to behold with views of the city that would rival those of Old Valyria. Geeky references aside, the most important thing to ourselves is that a new permanent venue allows us to go further with our Pizza for the People initiative which we are all so passionate about as it is at the core of everything we do at Pizza Geeks."

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