Food and drink
Tasting olive oils, gawping at endless shapes of pasta, fresh Italian fruit and vegetables, home-made pizza, cheeses, salamis, olives the size of ping pong balls and that’s before you get near the café/restaurant at the back.
Scottish wine merchant of the year you can browse and taste and ask any question to make sure you select the correct bottle for the correct occasion.
The menu changes daily but the anti pasto is always good, and if the meatballs are on, go for them. The home-made focaccia is also a dream and the coffee is simple but proper Italian coffee.
The second your step over the threshold your nostrils are assaulted with aroma of fresh bread, coffee, olive oil and hams. Salamis hang from the ceiling, a huge glass counter to the right is packed with every cheese, ham, olive, artichoke, home-made pizza and sugo (sauce) delight you can name, and some you can’t. Wine is a passion here too. To complete the experience, Italian music tootles away in the background as you gather a basket and stuff it with goodies almost subliminally. Entering this historical deli you are transported back to old Italy circa 1950.
Can be a little slow in the cafe. The deli counter though makes up for anything. In fact sometimes I just go in to hear the music, banter and have my spirits lifted and try hard not to talk in an Italian accent. It is difficult. Take any bottle from their wine shop and drink it with your lunch with a corkage charge of £6.
Top of Leith Walk on Elm Row. Easy to get to from the east end of Princes Street.
You can just have coffee or you can have something more substantial. Anti pasto is £9.95 for one and £17.95 for two. The home-made pizzas average at £10.
Vin Caffe on Multrees Walk, next to Harvey Nichols.
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