Review on Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar

'From market stall to' since opening its doors in 1934, this is – quite simply – Edinburgh's finest delicatessen. It's a noisy, busy fixture of city life, still presided over by members of the Contini family.

As a shop and deli it prides itself on ingredients and specialities imported direct from Italian artisan producers, but it also sells kitchenware, cook books and much more. On the food front, it boasts a spacious dining room with tightly packed tables and a menu of robust dishes with a genuine southern Italian accent.

The action begins at eight in the morning with breakfast (go for the unique 'Panetella' sandwiches), although lunch is the real blockbuster. Here you will find a menu loaded with Neapolitan specialities, pasta (hand-made ravioli with rocket and Ricotta), a good showing pizzas, salads, and daily-changing main dishes such as West Coast mussels steamed with garlic, chilli and parsley or marinated spring lamb from the Borders roasted with rosemary. Pure-Italian tortes are the thing if you want a dessert.

V&C are also one of Scotland's premier wine merchants, giving Italy pride of place but exploring far and wide for quality drinking.

A second branch, Valvona & Crolla Vincaffè, is on Multrees Walk, the city's groovy new shopping development built around Harvey Nichols.

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar is also featured in: Good Food Guide

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Mary Contini

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 8.30am (8.00am Fri & Sat & 10.00am Sun)
Lunch: through until
Dinner: 7.00pm (6.00pm Mon, 8.30pm Fri & Sat & 4.30pm Sun)

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Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar

  • Childrens menu
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 82 covers
  • Family Friendly


Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar
19 Elm Row
City of Edinburgh

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