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 £6 corkage. It may be far from cheap, but lunch ain't this good that often.

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Events at this venue

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Brian Kellock and Dick Lee – The Story of Jazz

Brian Kellock and Dick Lee Brian Kellock, piano. Dick Lee, reeds. 'Intimately convivial romp through jazz history', 'fine playing', 'the habitually ebullient Kellock', 'deliciously liquorice-toned clarinet' (Scotsman). Age category: 12+

Mon 13 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bruce Davies – More from the Other Great American Songbook

Bruce Davies Following sell-out shows in 2017, Bruce returns with more Dylan, Paxton, Seeger, Simon, etc. in this celebration of the great 60s songwriters. 'One of Scotland's best singers' (Tom Paxton). Age category: 16+

Wed 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 25 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bruce Davies – Songwriter

Bruce Davies A rare chance to hear a concert of original songs from 'one of Scotland's best singers' (Tom Paxton). 'Can capture a relationship simply in a few words' (Dirty Linen). Former winner of Edinburgh Folk Club Song Writing Competition. Age category: 16+

Sun 26 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

David Vernon and Dick Lee – Accordion Souffle with Clarinet Marmalade

David Vernon and Dick Lee 'Combined blistering pace with beautifully crafted melodies' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'From tango to polka, Bulgarian Horo to hot jazz, the pair have a world of music at their fingertips' (Evening News). Age category: 16+

Mon 20 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 21 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 24 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dick Lee and Fraser Fifield – Cauld Wind Pipes and Hot Reeds

Dick Lee and Fraser Fifield Dick: clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, recorder. Fraser: bellows blown pipes, soprano sax, whistles. Jazz pipes and folksy saxophone, traditional tunes and sparky improvisation, it's the bee's knees! Age category: 12+

Mon 13 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 17 Aug

Edinburgh's Traditional Music: Allan Ramsay's Songs. John Morran (Vocals, Cittern), Frank McLaughlin (Pipes, Guitar), Fred Freeman (Commentary)

John Morran, Frank McLaughlin, Fred Freeman Featuring musicians from the internationally acclaimed Complete Songs of Robert Burns (Linn Records). 'Great voices, great songs… Who could ask for more?' (fRoots). Age category: 12+

Fri 17 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Guitar Folias

Luca Villani – kindly supported by Kohno Guitar Manufacturing La Folía is possibly the oldest remembered European musical themes. The virtuosic Variations by underrated romantic guitarist Miguel Llobet is a breathless rapture of Fernando Sor rendition. Celebrating Castelnuovo-Tedesco's 50th anniversary Luca interprets…

Sun 12 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 19 Aug

In Company with Sondheim

Heidi Innes and Nick Launert Enjoy a feast of songs performed by (classically-trained) singer Heidi Innes and (Thomas Beecham Scholarship) pianist Nick Launert from Sondheim's most beloved shows including A Little Night Music, Follies, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and more. Age category: 12+

Fri 10 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 20 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 24 Aug

I've Got You Under My Skin

Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band Philip Contini sings Cole Porter's most famous, best-loved songs with anecdotes from the colourfully flamboyant life of one of the world's greatest songwriters and lyricists. Six-piece Be Happy Band with musical arrangements by Dick Lee. 'The audience was bowled over with his love…

Thu 9 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 10 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 11 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 24 Aug

Louis Prima – Dinner and Show

Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band, Dinner and Show Louis Prima, Sicilian-New Orleanian showman and comedy-jazzer (1930s-1950s) sung by Philip Contini. 'It is his genius that makes him so special' (Scotsman). Introducing Fringe newcomer, vocalist Olivia Contini. Three-course dinner 7.30pm. Show 9:30pm. 'The audience…

Sun 12 Aug

£45 / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

£45 / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 26 Aug

£45 / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Neapolitan Songs

Philip Contini, singer. Luca Villani, classical guitarist One performance only with Philip Contini, one of the UK's finest exponents of Neapolitan songs, and top Italian guitarist Luca Villani, as they present their long-awaited programme of the beautiful and traditional love songs of Napoli. Not to be missed. Age…

Mon 20 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Painted Love

Two Foolish Productions A has-been singer-songwriter tries to summon the spirit of Marc Almond to resurrect his career. His wife wants his money, his agent wants a hit and the undead want his soul. Featuring the songs of Soft Cell. Age category: 16+

Tue 21 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Pitchblenders

Vocals from Christine Adams with trumpeter Colin Steele, guitarist Phil Adams and bassist Jerry Forde. New kid on the block delivering her own arresting takes on songs from Blossom Dearie to Billie Holiday and from Blues to Bop. Age category: 14+

Thu 9 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 11 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 13 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 20 Aug

Scotland in 60 Minutes

Gill Bowman and Mark Stephen Broadcaster Mark Stephen and singer-songwriter Gill Bowman look beyond the haggis and tartan to the real Scotland – stories, secret places and iconic songs. The essential guide to the greatest wee country in the world. Age category: 14+

Tue 7 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 8 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 9 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 11 Aug

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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