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Valvona and Crolla


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A glorious Italian cookbook from the award-winning and rapidly growing Edinburgh-based delicatessen

About the Author

Mary Contini is the granddaughter of Italian immigrants who moved to Scotland at the beginning of the last century. She has been a director of the Edinburgh deli, Valvona & Crolla Ltd, since 1983. She is the author of five other books, including the bestselling Dear Francesca - a beautiful evocation of Italian family life and food, and the children's cookery series Easy Peasy.
Philip Contini is the grandson of the co-founder of Valvona & Crolla. He joined the family business in 1970 and took over as Managing Director in 1986. He has won numerous prizes and accolades for his Italian wine list and has driven the business forward to establish it as one of the leading independent food retailers in the UK.
Mary and Philip live in Edinburgh with their two daughters.


"A loving and lyrical tome of a cookbook" * Caterer and Hotelkeeper *
"suggestions for sumptuous, seasonal cooking spiced with memories of the shop, it's character and history" * Saga *
"Celebrate home cooking the Italian way" * Country Life *
"You can't go wrong realy, if you approach food in this celebratory spirit" * London Evening Standard *

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