Located in the heart of Edinburgh, Divino serves superb antipasti and boasts one of the Scottish capital’s finest wine cellars, with over 40 wines by the glass and 250 by the bottle, highlighting the best of Italy’s 2000+ grape varieties from its 21 wine-growing regions.

This neo-futuristic wine bar is the latest in a quartet of venues that also takes in La Favorita, Vittoria on the Bridge, and Vittoria on the Walk, creating something of an Edinburgh phenomenon, serving up some of the most delicious Italian cuisine outside of Bologna, Napoli and Parma.

Divino is a chic yet casual eating, drinking, and meeting place, modelled after the enoteche (known in English as wine bars) of Italy, which are at the centre of Italian culture. Diners can experiment with ancient indigenous varietals like aglianico or try Italy’s old-world take on familiar varietals such as chardonnay; all paired with tempting bruschette, regional cheeses and meats.

Divino is also a wine venue where you can ‘Sample & Buy’! Thanks to ENOMATIC technology there are 40 different wines at all times in a dispenser that allows wines to be tasted – or bought by the glass – with just one push of a button.

As a result, there is no longer the sometimes worrying undertaking of buying wines blindly.

Divino, of course, has an outstanding provenance, being the fourth and latest addition to the Crolla family’s portfolio of top quality restaurants in the Scottish capital. Vittoria Restaurant on Leith Walk, which was opened by Tony Crolla’s parents, Alberto and Dina, in 1970, is celebrated for its terrific food, exceptional service and friendly staff.

Alberto and Dina came on honeymoon to Edinburgh in 1967: the original Vittoria was owned by Alberto’s brother Tommaso from 1963 until 1970. His wife, Vittoria (that’s where the name came from), decided to sell up in 1970 to Alberto and Dina, thus allowing them to return to Italy. Back then, the only Italian dishes were spaghetti and pizza; however, a lot more traditional dishes were added, with the menu becoming more adventurous with lasagne, minestrone and pizzas with lots of toppings, back then still a rarity!

Vittoria is an established firm favourite among a cross-spectrum of Edinburgh diners, from students to professionals to families. Its success persuaded Tony Crolla to open a new venture situated on George IV Bridge: Vittoria ‘On the Bridge’, which has already proved an astonishing success. Offering a classic extensive Italian menus and well-known for their high level of service and fresh Italian food, Vittoria and Vittoria on the Bridge are perfect restaurants to experience the authentic taste of Italy.

La Favorita, featuring a log fired pizzeria and gourmet pasta, was the third restaurant to open and also offers a superior delivery service; not just in the quality of the food itself (that’s a given), but the level of service too, meaning that customers can enjoy piping hot, fresh and delicious meals in their own home. At La Favorita, the pizza is delivered quickly!

So if you enjoy authentic Italian cuisine – simply make your way to 5 Merchant Street, (Divino 0131 225 1770), 325-331 Leith Walk, Edinburgh (La Favorita: 0131 554 2430); 113 Brunswick Street (Vittoria on the Walk: 0131 556 6171); or 19 George IV Bridge (Vittoria on the Bridge: 0131 225 1740). Alternatively, why not visit the website at www.la-favorita.com.


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