Valvona & Crolla Ristorante
- Telephone 0131 557 0088
- Food served Sun 10am–7pm; Mon–Wed 7am–7pm; Thu–Sat 7am–9pm.
- Average price £27.95 monthly regional menu (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website valvonacrolla.co.uk
City-centre lunch spot serving high-end cuisine and a remarkable selection of wines by the glass.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
At the end of the glitzy wind tunnel that is Multrees Walk stands the bustling Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè. At the back of the caffè, a staircase leads up to a slightly spartan dining room where serious but simple Italian cooking makes its way onto the plates of a regular clientele. A sharing plate of verdure misti is a voyage around lovely ingredients presented without fuss – roasted red peppers, lemon-spiked courgette, crisp chicory, yielding squash and crunchy polenta chips. Pasta goes beyond the usual suspects with pappardelle balanced prettily on top of a fulsome beef ragu. A Puglian lamb stew is rich and melting and cleverly served with crispy swords of focaccia. There is a monthly regional menu which wends its way around the map of Italy to hit the highs of seasonal produce and there is an emphasis on slow food and organic ingredients. Evening dining can be a little Marie Celêste-like as shoppers and workers disappear but there are plans to liven things up with special food events.
- High point: Skilfully conceived dishes, excellent choice of wines by the glass
- Low point: A bit lifeless in the evening
- Notable dish: Verdure misti
Launched in 2004 to celebrate Valvona & Crolla's 70th Anniversary, VinCaffè is a new concept wine bar, caffè and retail shop in Multrees Walk at the heart of quality shopping in Edinburgh city centre. The shop is packed with Italian food and wine, with takeaway hot drinks and snacks on the ground floor and a fully featured restaurant and wine bar on the 1st floor.
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- Private dining: 10–20
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Trad jazz
- Live entertainment: Music during Edinburgh Festival
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 33
- House wine: £19 per bottle
Reviews & features
Christmas Food Q&A: Philip Contini – Valvona & Crolla17 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.
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Mary Contini of Valvonna & Crolla describes her enviable upbringing
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