Valvona & Crolla Vincaffé, Edinburgh
Scotland EH1 3DQ
Tel: 44 131 557 0088
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Valvona & Crolla delicatessen (19 Elm Row) is a foodies' haven. So too is this Deco-glam restaurant, opened in fall 2004 to celebrate the deli's 70th birthday. The combination of Scottish produce and Italian perfectionism makes for greatness in so many dishes: braised Scottish Borders Stinco di Agnello (lamb shank); Fritto Misto of Scottish seafood and zucchini; a simple Frittata di Verdure (vegetable omelet) with fresh mint, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and pesto. The Tagliere di Salumi—a cured-meat sampler with Speck, bresaola, Coppa di Parma, and Napoli salami—should be a compulsory order. If you're watching the wallet (and who won't be after a few days in Edinburgh), one of the 40 wines by the glass plus a $14 plate of the V&C Polpettine al sugo (pork and beef meatballs with pine nuts, a rich tomato sauce, and as much of the bakery's handmade bread as you can fit in) will do anyone proud.
Closed Sunday evenings.