Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar
- Telephone 0131 556 6066
- Bar open Shop: Mon–Thu 8.30am–6.00pm; Fri/Sat 8am–6.30pm; Sun 10.30am–4.30pm.
- Food served Mon–Thu 8.30am–5.30pm; Fri/Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 10.30am–3.30pm. [Extended in Festival]
- Average price £17.50 (lunch)
- Website www.valvonacrolla.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
An Edinburgh institution for many years now, the Contini family's Valvona & Crolla shows no sign of letting its standards slip. Of course, whether you can make it through to the fresh but rustic-styled dining area in the back depends on whether you can successfully navigate the supremely well-stocked deli area out front, which boasts meats, cheeses, wines and more, many of which are delivered from Italy once a week. The popular cafe offers plenty of opportunity to try the same produce in its ultimate form, with a range of V&C's own pizzas, pasta dishes including an elegant, olive oil-drizzled linguini with white crab meat and some traditional main meals, as well as hard-to-decide-from antipasti and dessert selections.
- High point: The whole experience chimes with a sense of well-established quality
- Low point: An expensive treat
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Italian classics, Rat Pack songs.
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 1996
- House wine: £15.99 per bottle
There are 10 events at this location
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David Vernon and Dick Lee
David Vernon and Dick Lee Musical high jinks for accordion and clarinet. This brilliant duo perform their eclectic worldwide musical mix and also pay tribute to the giants of British Trad jazz: Ball, Barber and Bilk. 'They combine wonderfully, superb musicianship' (Scotsman). 'Around the world in 80 minutes; a…
Mon 5 Aug
Tue 6 Aug
Fri 9 Aug
Dick Lee and Brian Kellock: The History of Jazz
Dick Lee and Brian Kellock: The Story of Jazz. Reedsman and raconteur Dick Lee teams up with world class pianist Brian Kellock to present a vivid illustrated account. 'Dick Lee is a talented musician and a very knowledgeable man. He's also highly entertaining!' (Luise Valentiner). 1. An Overview 2. Early Days: The Turn of…
Fri 9 Aug
Tue 20 Aug
Wed 21 Aug
Dick Lee's Swingtet featuring Ali Affleck
Dick Lee's Swingtet featuring Ali Affleck. Dick Lee: saxes, clarinets and recorders. Tom Davis: electric guitar. Marcus Ford: acoustic guitar. Owen MacDonald: double bass. Ali Affleck: vocals. Classic tunes from the likes of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Django and other giants of the Swing era, played con brio by masters…
Sat 3 Aug
Sat 10 Aug
Sun 11 Aug
Mike Maran Productions. The life and music of Chet Baker told by Mike Maran with Colin Steele (trumpet) and Dave Milligan (piano). A story with hero, heroin and cool jazz of the very highest quality from the Great American Songbook. Ages 14+.
Luca Villani. Italian-estabilished concertist Luca Villani plays a breathtaking guitar recital spanning three centuries. Luca will play a rare set of variations on Amidst the Flat Valley by the Russian virtuoso Andrei Sychra (1773-1850). Follows the rare opportunity to hear two great works recently found in the Segovia…
Indian Peter's Coffee House
Mike Maran Productions. Kidnapped in 18th-century Aberdeen, enslaved in America, then captured by Indians, Peter Williamson returns to tell his incredible story with music by Rona Wilkie and Morag Brown (fiddle). All ages.
Sat 3 Aug
Sun 4 Aug
Mon 5 Aug
Irish in Scotland: Songs of Robert Tannahill
Five Freens. Morran, Weatherby, Brechin, Duff and Freeman perform Tannahill's captivating lyrics and haunting Irish melodies written in defence of 19th-century immigrants to Scotland. An enduring contribution to changing perceptions of downtrodden people. Ages 12+.
Thu 22 Aug
Italia 'n' Caledonia
Mike Maran Productions. By Mike Maran and Philip Contini with music by David Vernon (accordion). The joyful, tearful, and hugely successful heart-warming story about Alfonso Crolla, founder of Valvona & Crolla, and the Italian community in Scotland. Meraviglioso! All ages.
King of the Swingers
Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band. Philip and The Band celebrate 20 years (!) at the Fringe. Join the party with all your favorites, featuring Dean Martin, Cole Porter, Louis Prima, Francesco Tosti, Roberto Murolo as well as Italian and Neapolitan songs. All ages.
Robert Burns Votes for Scotland
Gill Bowman and Mark Stephen. On the eve of the 2014 independence referendum, singer Gill Bowman and broadcaster Mark Stephen use the songs and poems of our national poet to try and explore how Burns might have voted, and why… All ages.
Fri 9 Aug
Sat 10 Aug
Fri 16 Aug
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Ice cream days: growing up in an old school ice cream parlour1 May 2009
Mary Contini of Valvonna & Crolla describes her enviable upbringing
It took two men, my father and Tommy Dougal, to lift up each milk churn and tip it into the stainless-steel vat. It could be four or five churns at a time – even more in July and August when the factory was working at full capacity. Once the 20-gallon…
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