Valvona & Crolla

Valvona & Crolla
19 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
  • Box office 0131 556 6066
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 8.30am–6.30pm; Fri/Sat 8am–7pm; Sun 10.30am–4.30pm.
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  • Website www.valvonacrolla.com
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Valvona & Crolla

This award-winning specialist Italian grocer, wine merchant and café bar has legendary status in the capital, if not the country as a whole. Its extremely loyal clientele may vary from the cream of Edinburgh society to students (normally with visiting parents), but they return month after month, year after year to enjoy the very best of regional Italian cookery. The café bar, situated at the rear of the shop, is a light, spacious and inviting space. You can accompany your meal with any wine in the shop for £4 corkage. It may be far from cheap, but lunch ain't this good that often.

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Ali Affleck

An evening of music with Ali Affleck - winner of ‘Best Jazz Vocalist’ in the 2014 Scottish Jazz Awards. “Ali sings with the same kind of élan and swing that is very evident in the recordings of a certain Billie Holiday” (BBC Jazzhouse). Passionate, expressive, unique and above all, refreshingly unpretentious… Ali Affleck…

Fri 28 Feb

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Fri 10 Apr

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Brian Kellock, piano and Dick Lee, reeds - Jazz Time

Great jazz tunes from 1920 to 2020. "Intimately convivial romp through jazz history - the habitually ebullient Kellock - deliciously liquorice toned clarinet - fine playing" (Scotsman).

Fri 29 May

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Brian Kellock, piano and Dick Lee, reeds - Jazz Time

Great jazz tunes from 1920 to 2020. "Intimately convivial romp through jazz history - the habitually ebullient Kellock - deliciously liquorice toned clarinet - fine playing" (Scotsman)

Fri 26 Jun

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Campania & Molise

Our journey from the south to the north of Italy takes us to Campania & Molise, the two regions that geographically represent the southern start of central Italy - known as the Mezzogiorno. We will taste wines from Campania and Molise – both at the heart of the wine industry since Roman times. While Campania already…

Thu 30 Apr

£15 / 0131 556 6066

The Dick Lee Trio Classics of Jazz

The Trio are equally at home entertaining thousands at the Royal Highland Show or performing at jazz clubs and festivals. Their Music Night is Friday Night concerts at Valvona & Crolla feature the classics of jazz, from ballads to barnstormers, from a shout to a whisper.

Fri 21 Feb

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Fri 13 Mar

£10 / 0131 556 6066

The Dick Lee Trio - Classics of Jazz

The Trio are equally at home entertaining thousands at the Royal Highland Show or performing at jazz clubs and festivals. Their Friday Night is Music Night concerts at Valvona & Crolla feature the classics of jazz, from ballads to barnstormers, from a shout to a whisper.

Fri 24 Apr

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Djazzville - Django’s Castle

Djazzville is an exciting new project featuring four of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians: Ross Milligan, guitar. Graham High, guitar. Dick Lee, clarinets. Jerry Forde, bass. This dynamic Hot Club swing quartet pays tribute to the great Django Reinhardt.

Fri 27 Mar

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Djazzville - Django's Castle

Djazzville is an exciting new project featuring four of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians: Ross Milligan, guitar. Graham High, guitar. Dick Lee, clarinets. Jerry Forde, bas.s This dynamic Hot Club swing quartet pays tribute to the great Django Reinhardt.

Fri 22 May

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Djazzville - Django's Castle

Djazzville is an exciting new project featuring four of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians: Ross Milligan, guitar. Graham High, guitar. Dick Lee, clarinets. Jerry Forde, bass. This dynamic Hot Club swing quartet pays tribute to the great Django Reinhardt.

Fri 19 Jun

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Lazio, Marche & Abruzzo

Lazio, Marche & Abruzzo, represent the northern part of the Mezzogiorno Italiano. Marche & Abruzzo are well known regions for their Verdicchio, Pecorino, Cerasuolo and Montepulciano – of which we have some stunning examples under our own importation. In recent years the producers on these two regions have focused…

Thu 28 May

£15 / 0131 556 6066

Philip Contini & Anne Evans - Great Italian & Neapolitan Songs of Tosti & De Curtis

Captivating Italian and Neapolitan songs of Francesco Tosti and Ernesto De Curtis, performed by Philip Contini, baritone and Anne Evans, pianoforte. Contini has created a large repertoire of Italian and Neapolitan songs over these last thirty years. He hopes that you will enjoy his selection Of songs by Tosti and De…

Fri 3 Jul

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band - The Cole Porter Show 3 April 2020

Contini sings Cole Porter's best-loved repertoire with anecdotes from the colourful life of one of the greatest ever songwriter-lyricists. Six-piece Be Happy Band arrangements by Dick Lee.

Fri 3 Apr

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Philip Contini & his Be Happy Band - The Dean Martin Show

A terrific hour of some of Dean Martin’s greatest hits from the sell-out Fringe show with Philip Contini and his five-piece Be Happy Band. With arrangements by Dick Lee.

Fri 6 Mar

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Pitchblenders

Vocals from Christine Adams with trumpeter Colin Steele, guitarist Phil Adams and bassist Jerry Forde. "For an intimate hours show, you couldn't ask for more, but we did" 5 Stars ★★★★★ (Scotsman).

Fri 1 May

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Fri 5 Jun

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Fri 17 Jul

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Fri 24 Jul

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Sicily & Calabria

The two regions are separated at its narrowest point, between Torre Faro and Villa San Giovanni, by 3.1 km (1.9 mi) of sea. Both regions have very similar climatic conditions, though the wines they produce are very different. Sicily’s most famous red grape variety is Nero d’Avola, usually used to produce big and bold red…

Thu 27 Feb

£15 Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day / 0131 556 6066

The Spatz Quartet - A night of Nostalgia with the Spatz Quartet

Music brings back memories and certain hits bring back thoughts of a period of time – tonight’s music is full of iconic tunes, instrumentals and songs, that will transport you to times, hopefully happy, but sometimes sad, but memorable nevertheless. Regardless of the orchestral or big band arrangements involved, Spatz…

Fri 17 Apr

£10 / 0131 556 6066

The Spatz Quartet - Music from the Great American Songbook

Instrumentals and songs with lasting melody performed by 4 well-known musicians who came together for last years Edinburgh Fringe and sold out every show. Roy Mac, Spatz Showband leader on vocals; the inimitable and accomplished clarinettist Dick Lee; one of the UK’s most respected jazz guitarists Malcolm MacFarlane; and…

Fri 20 Mar

£10 / 0131 556 6066

The Spatz Quartet - Music from the Hollywood Musicals

The age of Hollywood musicals is brought back in to focus with an evening of music and song featuring many of the greatest scores written for film and stage. Spatz Quartet with Roy Mac on vocals, Malcolm MacFarlane on guitar, Dick Lee on Horns and Ed Kelly on Bass offer their usual sophisticated stripped back…

Fri 31 Jul

£10 / 0131 556 6066

The Spatz Quartet - Music from The Spatz theatre shows

Over the past 4 years Spatz & Co’s 9 piece Showband have been touring Scotland’s provincial theatres with stage shows featuring multi genre-hopping music – Big Band to Blues, Pop hits to Soul, Standards to Reggae, Funk to Jazz, Folk to even Classical – their popularity has grown steadily and shows are mostly sold out.

Fri 15 May

£10 / 0131 556 6066

The Spatz Quartet - One Night on The Orient Express

You are asked to imagine yourself on one of the original Orient Express journeys, travelling from Paris to Istanbul. Evenings consist of high quality dining (usually Italian style) accompanied by music and entertainment by a high quality band playing music of the era. Spatz Quartet offer the music that might have featured…

Fri 10 Jul

£10 / 0131 556 6066

The Spatz Quartet - Sinatra Unplugged

Mr Sinatra, surely the greatest crooner of them all – his music is iconic, his easy flow truly masterful, and his technique led the way for all to follow. His hits were usually always characterised with wonderful orchestral or big band arrangements. Tonight The Spatz Quartet strip away the orchestras, big bands and large…

Fri 12 Jun

£10 / 0131 556 6066

Reviews & features

Christmas Food Q&A: Philip Contini – Valvona & Crolla

17 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.

A guide to the best cheese shops in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

The finest purveyors of Strathdon Blue, Dunlop Cheddar and many more Scottish cheeses

In the popular parlour game of ‘if you had to give something up for life, what would it be?’ (Strictly Come Dancing or X Factor, partner or friends, stilettos or trainers), many have foundered over the choice between cheese or orgasms. You think it’s an…

Shopping in and around Leith

3 Jun 2010

There’s no better place to begin than legendary Italian food emporium and Edinburgh institution Valvona & Crolla at Elm Row. Open since 1934, this is as close to food shopping in Rome as you’ll get in Scotland. Further down Leith Walk, St Columba’s…

Ice cream days: growing up in an old school ice cream parlour

1 May 2009

Mary Contini of Valvonna & Crolla describes her enviable upbringing

It took two men, my father and Tommy Dougal, to lift up each milk churn and tip it into the stainless-steel vat. It could be four or five churns at a time – even more in July and August when the factory was working at full capacity. Once the 20-gallon…

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