Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar
19 Elm Row, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 6066
  • Seasonal times Festival: last orders Mon–Wed 7.30pm; Thu–Sat 9.30pm.
  • Bar open Shop: Mon–Thu 8.30am–6pm; Fri/Sat 8am–6.30pm; Sun 10am–5pm.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 8.30am–5.30pm; Fri/Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 10am–4.30pm.
  • Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

Scotland's oldest deli also has a café - a good spot for unhurried meals with quality ingredients, big Italian flavours and hand-picked wines.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Valvona & Crolla has been bringing the finest Italian deli foods to Edinburgh’s kitchens since 1934 and the addition of this caffè bar 20 years ago extended that service to your plate. Portraits of the forefathers of this pillar of the capital’s epiucurean establishment watch over a mostly older crowd and their families, who repeatedly return to this bright dining hall. After two decades the décor may be a bit tired, but the ingredients – from local farmers or direct from Italy – are as fresh as ever. Try a breakfast of freshly baked pastries or Italian sausage and frittata, or a leisurely lunch from a wide seasonal selection including stuffed deep-fried courgette flowers or mozzarella and tomato filled Sicilian rice balls. There’s a comprehensive wine list or you can choose a bottle from the shop for a modest corkage fee. Desserts are not to be missed and the coffee packs a punch too. Bravissimo.

  • High point: Big Italian flavours from the freshest ingredients
  • Low point: Get distracted in the deli and you might not find the caffè
  • Notable dish: Deep fried Italian courgette flowers stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and anchovies
  • Delivery: Free delievery on minimum £45 orders.
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Italian classics
  • Live entertainment: During the Festival, they use a 70-seater room off the restaurant for live music etc. They had 57 shows in 2016.
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 1996
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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.