With over 80 years experience as a stockist of quality produce, Valvona & Crolla on Elm Row is the place to go for anything Italian. With imported meats, cheeses, pasta and wine, there is nothing Italian that you could want that Valvona and Crolla wouldn’t either have or be able to source. The deli counter is brimming with meats from Prosciutto to Mortadella, Soppressata to Bresaola while cheeses range from Provolone to Buratta and Pecorino to Manchego.
Walking through the tunnel of dried meats, fresh pasta and oils takes you out of the deli section and into a world of Montepulciano, Barollo, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Gavi and Prosecco. Pick up a bottle and continue walking until you find yourself in a light and open cafe that champions both Italian and Scottish produce.
Whether you’re in the mood for pasta with homemade sugo, bruschetta or platters of cured meat and cheese, the extensive menu is sure to tick all the right boxes. The wine you have picked up in the previous section can be poured at the table, with a small corkage fee, providing you don’t want to order from the extensive wine list in the cafe.
Informed Italian staff are happy to assist with any decisions and give honest advice with regards to wine choices, ingredients used and the origin of dishes. The thought and care that is put into these dishes can be tasted in every mouthful, and can be washed down beautifully with a superb bottle of wine.
Who’s it for?: Tourists and locals alike, suitable for anyone with a penchant for Italian produce and a good glass of red wine.
The specifics: Located on Elm row, at the top of Leith Walk, Valvona and Crolla is a lovely place to spend some time. It’s certainly easy to spend an hour tasting cheese, perusing the wide array of olive oils and cooing over the homemade Italian bakes.
At first Glance: A treasure trove of Italian ingredients, the deli is a must visit for anyone who enjoys eating, drinking or spending time in the kitchen. The huge selection of wine and the cafe may surprise you – the place is never ending!
Bill of Fare: Italian produce and dishes of all descriptions.
The Frontrunners: Bruschetta Con Funghi Misti (dried porcini and fresh mushrooms sauteed with garlic and chilli), Polpettini (pork and beef mince meatballs) and the Papardelle Ragu Guancie Di Manzo (Scottish beef cheek and tomato ragu) are all utterly delicious.
The Feeling: Welcoming, laid back and a food heaven for anyone who enjoys Italian fare.
The Team: Italian run family business, friendly, well informed and always happy to answer questions about the multitude of stock.
Doubtful: The cafe is simple and basic, the food is delicious but if you’re looking for somewhere to impress based on surroundings, this might not be the spot.
The Bottom Line: Cafe is reasonably priced while the deli is more expensive, not unexpected for an Italian deli of this quality.
Find them: 19 Elm Row, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH7 4AA