Arts + Culture

24 hours at the Edinburgh Festival

by Nicola McCormack

Lunch at Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè

12:30 pm: The Valvona & Crolla dynasty is well known within Edinburgh's foodie circles. After opening a deli in 1934 to feed their fellow Italian émigrés, the owners expanded into a bar and café after the chattering classes caught on; more recently, they added the separate Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè restaurant in the city center. Eat upstairs in the wood-paneled dining room, where your attention will be divided between the open kitchen and (silently playing) classic movies like La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday. The Italian dishes make use of the best Scottish produce, as in a fritto misto with Scottish seafood (the line-up changes weekly but might include king prawns, squid, and whitebait). At street level, there's an Art Deco café for a quick espresso fix.

For more on Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè and other places to eat in Edinburgh, see our Edinburgh travel guide.

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