- Telephone 01764 655665
- Opening times Mon–Thurs 9am–6pm; Fri–Sat 9am–9pm; Sun noon–4pm.
- Food served Mon–Thu 9am–8pm; Sat/Sun 9am–9pm; Sun noon–4pm
- Average price £12.50 (lunch); £12 .50 (evening meal)
- Website www.delivino.co.uk
This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
Delivino, an elegant, tasteful café, deli and restaurant full of light and families sharing good food and wine over convivial conversation, may feel metropolitan and Mediterranean – but it’s in the heart of Crieff. The deli, which sells continental cheeses, charcuterie, house-marinated olives and antipasti, also supplies the kitchen, where three chefs serve daily changing seasonal specials, and favourite pizzas, pastas, soups and salads. Owner Jamie Stewart, a wine critic and importer before he opened Delivino in 2006, champions the sound food philosophy of Spain, Italy and southern France: good ingredients, simply cooked to show them at their best. The pizza bears this out: the bubbled crust is thin and crispy (the secret is to prevent the dough proving by baking it freshly hand-stretched in an insanely hot oven), covered by crushed Italian tomatoes sweetened by the sun. And Delivino’s Amazing Grazing Platter of artichoke, olives, salami, taleggio and Italian ham provides a great overview of what's on offer.
- High point: Jaunty wines and smiling staff set a happy mood for the day
- Low point: Getting there if you're not lucky enough to live in Crieff
The kind of place that wouldn’t look out of place in any big city with its smart, cosmopolitan feel and big floor-to-ceiling windows, Delivino does much as its name implies – part deli part wine café/store (owner Jamie Stewart was a wine critic and importer before he opened here in 2006). But they also serve a substantial Italian and Mediterranean-flavoured menu from breakfast through dinner, much of it homemade. The self-styled 'amazing' grazing platter is ideal for sharing over a glass or two makes a great case for the freshness and flavours of their deli produce – from chunky marinated olives and balsamic onions to a gorgeous garlic and lemon hummus – while working just as well as a starter. The bulk of their food is pizza and pasta, as you’d expect, and agreeably instead of trying to find any overly fancy angles on traditional dishes, they do simple stuff exceptionally well, again with freshness at a premium. You get a mean burger here too, served with wedges and an aromatic aioli dip. For dessert, try some ice cream sourced from St Andrews parlour Luvians.
- Delivery: Minimum order £10
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz/contemporary melodic pop
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £13 per bottle