There is no bigger slice of heaven on earth than Valvona and Crolla's on Leith Walk. This Edinburgh legend is, to many, the best restaurant and deli this side of Roma. My grandmother used to send for a Valvona hamper and sit with the feast between herself and my grandfather on their thrones. All I can hope for is that I inherit more than just her name.
I remember getting a Valvona carrier bag with bits and pieces from her (you never went home empty handed) and I think I had it for almost 5 years. I thought I was the bees knees carrying my gym kit in a Valvona bag, actually I was the bees knees but it definitely ended my PE career.
When I finally got to the deli/restaurant it already felt like home. Yes its expensive but man its worth it. When I was at the Taste Festival I ended up engrossed at the pop-up book shop with my head in the official Valvona and Crolla cookbook - A Year At An Italian Table. If anyone of my loved ones are reading, birthday present done!