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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Anne Evans (Flutes, Piano) and Dick Lee (Clarinets, Saxophones, Recorder) – Beside Themselves

Anne Evans and Dick Lee Anne and Dick with support from their recorded selves – duos, quartets, octets and more. Music from the jazz/classical borderland, with a centenary nod to Scott Joplin featuring specially commissioned new arrangements of The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, plus Anne and Dick's usual cornucopia…

Tue 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 19 Aug

Brian Kellock (Piano) and Dick Lee (Clarinets, Sax) – Crazy Rhythm

Brian Kellock (piano) and Dick Lee (clarinets, sax) 'It's not every day that a delicatessen has a boogie named after it, even amid the Fringe, but audiences at Lee and Kellock's intimately convivial romp through more than a century's worth of jazz history in a certain well-known deli were treated to the alleged…

Tue 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 18 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

David Vernon and Dick Lee

David Vernon (Accordion) and Dick Lee (Clarinets) 'From tango to polka, Bulgarian Horo to hot New Orleans jazz – great skill… This very enjoyable session in the Fringe venue with the best front-of-house aroma virtually takes you around the world in 80 minutes’ (Evening News). 'Combining blistering pace with beautifully…

Tue 8 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 10 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 24 Aug

Dick Lee's Swingtet Featuring Alison Affleck

Dick Lee's Swingtet Classic swing jazz by the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Glenn Miller et al., swung by Alison (vocals), Phil Adams and Marcus Ford (guitars), Ed Kelly (bass) and Dick Lee (clarinet, bass clarinet, sax, recorder). 'Lee concentrates on clarinet and bass clarinet, playing…

Mon 21 Aug

£11 (£9) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

£11 (£9) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

£11 (£9) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Edinburgh Music: Allan Ramsay

John Morran, Marc Duff and Fred Freeman John Morran (voice, cittern), Marc Duff (pipes, whistles) and Fred Freeman (commentary). Voice and citterns, pipes and whistles. Traditional songs/tunes of Allan Ramsay, bringing alive the great 18th-century Edinburgh songwriter poet. Ramsay, undoubtedly the great influence…

Fri 25 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 26 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 27 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Enchanté… À la Folie!

Heidi Innes and David Vernon A fresh programme of exquisite French song and music, as performed by Heidi Innes and David Vernon. From the songs of Piaf, Dassin, Trenet and Aznavour to bal-musette classics. Expect tears, laughter and exuberance! Age category: PG

Tue 8 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 10 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 24 Aug

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Philip Contini and His Be Happy Band The marvellous Dean Martin was born on 7th June 1917. Come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth with Fringe favourite, Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band. They will perform your favourite Dean Martin songs and recount anecdotes from Dean's life. This was a sell-out…

Sat 5 Aug

£14 (£12) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 9 Aug

£14 (£12) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 10 Aug

£14 (£12) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 26 Aug

Guitar Solos

Luca Villani Luca Villani performs a masterworks anthology to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the death of Andrés Segovia, the greatest guitarist of all time. Starting with Renaissance evocative Aria con Variazioni by Frescobaldi and classical Fernando Sor Variations on a Mozart theme, Luca interprets the flamenco…

Sun 13 Aug

£10 (£7) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Guitarcello

Luca Villani and Sinziana Bica Original repertoire for guitar and cello is not very large; however the sound created together by these instruments is so evocative to inspire the Fringe habitue guitarist Luca Villani to return with accomplished cellist Sinziana Bica to present a fantastic Spanish and Latin American…

Mon 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 18 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mary Contini and Pru Irvine – Unscripted

Mary Contini and Pru Irvine In their first cook book together, nearly twenty years ago, Easy Peasy – Real Cooking for Kids Who Want to Eat, Pru Irvine and Mary Contini were described as two bossy ladies. Well things have only got worse. Life-long friends, their mutual passion is food, family and arguing – husbands are…

Fri 11 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 12 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Saltire

Alex Hodgson and David Vernon Scottish song, music and comedy at its finest. Alex Hodgson (vocals, guitar) and David Vernon (accordion) are master entertainers, having recently completed their third tour of New Zealand, which included TV appearances and a Scottish Tattoo performance in Christchurch. Age category: PG

Mon 7 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 11 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Scottish Superwomen of Science – Minerva Scientifica

electric voice theatre 2016 Fringe award-winner Frances M Lynch returns, celebrating breakthroughs by Scottish women scientists in genetics, geology, computing, engineering, astronomy, marine biology, mobile phones, etc. Musical drama featuring new sounds fashioned from traditional and classical songs by Scottish women…

Sat 5 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 9 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 27 Aug

Sparkling Wine Tasting

A tutored wine tasting from Francesco Cardinale with a variety of sparkling wines.

Thu 27 Jul

£15 / 0131 556 6066

  • 18:00 – 20:30

The Times, They Were a-Changin' – The Other Great American Songbook

Bruce Davies Expect songs of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Peter Paul and Mary, and more when award-winning singer/songwriter Bruce Davies presents songs from the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene that shaped a generation and continue to inspire today. 'One of…

Sat 12 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 13 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 26 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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