Following a recent expansion, together with his sons Alberto and Leandro, Tony Crolla has re-opened Divino Enoteca on Merchant Street in Edinburgh - an elegant Italian restaurant oozing with old school charm and hospitality but the Vittoria Group’s owner’s ethos remains the same – simple, quality cooking and ingredients combined with the kind of service that will make customers return again and again.
Hidden in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the 100 cover restaurant offers a unique twist on contemporary dining with an archetypal wine cellar married to an elegant fine dining Italian restaurant.
Having spent his formative years training in his Calabrian birthplace, Head Chef Francesco Ascrizzi has created a seasonal menu which takes a contemporary approach to traditional and authentic Italian flavours and combinations with everything made in-house from the bread to the pasta. He said: “It is a menu artfully designed to cater to many palates. You'll find a generous selection of fresh pasta, as well as seafood, chicken and veal dishes skilfully cooked and served."
Tony Crolla said: “Divino Enoteca is already one of the most popular spots for romantic dining and get togethers in Edinburgh. We boast an impressive assortment of world wines, we host regular wine tasting evenings allowing customers to sample, appreciate and indulge the flavours of our most famous regions in Italy."
With awards for ‘best wine list’ and ‘best Italian restaurant in Scotland’ already under its belt, diners can expect a new menu of specials alongside its traditional mix of Italian pasta classics, while there will be an extensive cocktails and fine wine list, served from the sophisticated central bar at the heart of the venue. Classic cocktails set to please the Edinburgh pallet include a Negroni, which mixes Campari with gin, Martini rosso and soda and a Dry Martini served with an olive or a twist. Divino expects to dominate the higher-end Italian market in Edinburgh.
The highly skilled team also offer bespoke wine tasting dinners and can cater for a wide range of events from private dining rooms to weddings and receptions.
The new look restaurant is bathed in soft lighting with comfortable chairs, banquettes and booths, rick oak floors and a welcoming ambiance.
Proudly Italian, this family business combines a passion for food and hospitality with old-school service, proving some things never go out of fashion or fall out of favour. Restaurateurs in it for the long-haul!