Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar
19 Elm Row, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 6066
  • Seasonal times Festival: Mon–Wed open until 7.30pm; Thu–Sat open until 10pm.
  • Bar open Shop: Mon–Thu 8.30am–6pm; Fri/Sat 8am–9pm; Sun 10am–5pm.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 8.30am–5.30pm; Fri/Sat 8am–9pm; Sun 10am–4.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Fri/Sat 3–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £16
  • Email
  • Website www.valvonacrolla.co.uk
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Scotland's oldest deli also has a caffè which is now also open for evening meals - a good spot for a relaxed or pre-theatre meal, with quality ingredients, big Italian flavours and hand-picked wines.

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If you don’t have much of an appetite when you arrive at Valvona & Crolla, you definitely will do by the time you arrive at their caffè. To reach it, you must first walk through the shop – which is stacked to the rafters with delicious Italian artisan produce including pasta, chocolate, cheeses and cured meats. There’s an impressive Italian wine section too and you can select a bottle from the shop to accompany your meal for £4 corkage. Valvona & Crolla only started opening for evening meals recently, and the café’s laid-back, informal atmosphere continues through to dinner service. Dishes are light and fresh, with ingredients sourced almost exclusively from the handsome larder next door. The signature antipasto board has delicately delicious arrangements of cheese, meats and marinated or roasted vegetables. There’s also a selection of main meals available; mostly traditional Italian pasta and meat dishes following simple, but exquisitely executed recipes. Taglierini siciliana runs pistachio pesto, Parmigiano Reggiano and lemon zest through fresh egg pasta, while the bistecca di manzo is served with an Italian rocket and tomato salad. It’s all fad-free and full of flavour and the emphasis throughout is on the quality of the food - a simple recipe for success.

The List's rating
8

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Rachael Cloughton visited Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar on 30 March 2019
  • High point: Unrivalled ingredients that you can buy on the way out
  • Low point: The informal atmosphere may not suit those looking for an more intimate experience
  • Notable dish: V&C antipasto
  • Average price: £16 (set lunch); £21 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classical music
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 1996
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £13 per bottle
  • BYOB: £4 corkage (£4 corkage on any wine from the shop only)

Reviews & features

Christmas Food Q&A: Philip Contini – Valvona & Crolla

17 Nov 2015

Valvona & Crolla's head honcho discusses his favourite seasonal treats

I'm planning a Christmas meal and want to offer a couple of unusual twists. What would you suggest? A panettone warmed in the oven and served with homemade crème Anglaise (or thin custard) with a bottle of ice-cold, slightly fizzy Moscato d’Asti.

Ice cream days: growing up in an old school ice cream parlour

1 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…

Take Three: Delis-cum-Cafés

19 Jun 2008

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar, Grassroots Café and Herbie of Edinburgh.