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For my 6th birthday I was Doctor Carina.  My nurses uniform and little doctors case, which was a tiny white tin with it’s tiny red [...]

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Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards


Last week I was delighted to be asked by Scotland Food & Drink as one of their chef Ambassadors to attend the annual Excellence [...]

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Employee of the Month


Congratulations to Mike in our events team! He has been chosen as our employee of the month! Mike has been with us for since January [...]

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Cannonball toasts World Whisky Day with Glengoyne event


What better way to spend the day than sampling the finest single malts on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile For all you lovers of [...]

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Shelley Shares Blog Contini George Street


A lovely write up by an Edinburgh Blogger…   Contini had a little ‘face-lift’ earlier this year and I must say it’s looking [...]

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Slow Food UK – Our Chef Emma Mills Story


Read the article on the Slow Food Website here Chef Emma Mills first began her career in 2011 at Appetite Direct as a kitchen porter [...]

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Spring in the Scottish Kitchen Garden


The carrots, beetroot and leeks that were planted at the end of autumn are looking good and will prove to be a fruitful harvest in the [...]

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New Spring Pasta Dishes at Contini George Street


Well spring is here and we’ve added a lovely new selection of fresh pasta dishes to the menu at Contini George St.  We’re serving them [...]

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Edinburgh Gin Team Visit


Gin. What is that? Some sort of magic spell? A secret potion? Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavor from juniper [...]

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CONTINI GEORGE STREET HITLISTED!


Delighted to announce that Contini George Street was HITLISTED in the Italian section of the List Eating & Drinking Guide 2017. The [...]

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THE SCOTTISH CAFE HITLISTED!


Delighted to announce that The Scottish Cafe was HITLISTED in the Art Venue section of the List Eating & Drinking Guide 2017.  In [...]

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Verre de Vin


Verre de Vin Creating a wine list is always an exciting part of creating menus in restaurants, albeit a difficult task, but as all [...]

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Carina Recommends


Dear Friends Both my husband and I love to travel and we get so much inspiration from our trips to anywhere we can manage to escape to [...]

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Caledonian Brewery Team Visit


The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant team recently had an amazing opportunity to have an experience at the Caledonian Brewery. A chance [...]

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Cooking LIVE on NBC


Monday 13th March will go down in my memories as one of the craziest days of my life! What are the chances of being asked by NBC Today [...]

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Mother’s Day


MOTHER’S DAY AT CONTINI RESTAURANTS Mum’s the World – Sunday 26th March Book lunch or dinner at any of our venues and mum will get a [...]

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AN ENORMOUS THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR FANTASTIC CUSTOMERS


6 March 2017

An enormous thank you to YOU! You are fantastic.  Thank you from the bottom of my oldest and dearest sugo pot, from Victor’s heart [...]

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Contini George Street Restaurant Review 10/10 Sunday Herald


20 February 2017

As a girl of the 70’s I’ve dreamt of being Nadia Comaneci. That perfect 10. Victor on the other hand has always been an [...]

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Save Monarch of the Glen


19 February 2017

The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer is one of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth century. For many people around the [...]

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Save the soil


Each passing minute, the soil is assaulted, suffocated, contaminated, exploited, poisoned, mistreated, and depleted. In Europe, there [...]

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New trends and old favourites


You may have noticed that there are some changes happening at Contini George Street. It’s a very exciting, and busy, time for Victor [...]

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Friends Card – January Offer


JANUARY FRIENDS OFFER Valid 3rd to 31st Janury 2017 Complimentary bottle of wine for you to take home when you spend £60 for two people [...]

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Contini George Street Edinburgh

One for all, and all for one


Why our tips are pooled and shared equally with all of our team – It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and, if you work in [...]

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Autumnal Vibes & Preparing for Christmas


GIFT VOUCHERS If you are looking for an alternative present for Christmas, birthdays or any anniversaries, a Contini gift voucher is [...]

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How summer treated our Contini Kitchen Garden


21 September 2016

The summer season was so successful for us in the Kitchen Garden that we have changed our strategy slightly with what we are growing so [...]

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Our Inspiring Edinburgh, we love you!


12 August 2016

The Festival is here – my favourite time of year! The Scottish Cafe always kicks off first with its annual blockbuster exhibition [...]

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Harvest time at the Contini Kitchen Garden


2 August 2016

Yesterday was an adventure. The universe had aligned in our favour – all three children, my mother and Victor and I got through a [...]

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How to complain in a restaurant, according to Carina


3 June 2016

Yesterday I was asked to contribute on BBC Kitchen Cafe with food critic Jonathan Trew.   It was fascinating. Several visitors to an [...]

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The art of foraging


30 May 2016

In the latest Contini blog, Claire, our lovely Chef de Partie at Cannonball Restaurant, tells us all about why she just loves foraging. [...]

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Make Carina’s a Cosmo


19 May 2016

It’s grey skies at the moment but all the beautiful weather over the last few weeks has put me in the mood for a cocktail. Our bar [...]

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Sunshine food with the family


10 May 2016

At the weekend we enjoyed lunch in the garden for the first time this year. Can’t quite believe how beautiful it was. I’d prepared my [...]

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Meet Max, our Master Mixologist


15 April 2016

It’s nearly the weekend! Have you got that Friday Feeling? It’s time to relax and Max, our mixologist, is on hand to help.  [...]

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Carina Contini Cookbook Library

Celebrating women in the kitchen


15 March 2016

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day. I only just found out that there is also an International Men’s Day (November 19th [...]

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All hail National Pie Week


9 March 2016

It’s like Christmas and birthday’s have all rolled into one. It’s National Pie Week! The whole family is fond of a [...]

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Liberty Wines new season olive oil tasting Contini Ristorante

Keeping it in the family


29 February 2016

Our latest Contini blog is from Carina’s niece Sofia Di Ciacca, who helps run the family olive oil farm in Picinisco. The olive oil [...]

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At Contini, we live and breath #ScotSpirit


24 February 2016

Easter is early this year so we’re looking forward to the start of the 2016 Edinburgh tourist season even sooner than usual. Victor and [...]

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Forget skiing in The Dolomites, it’s the food I go for…


12 February 2016

If you’re a skier then I’m sure February means heading to the mountains to hit the slopes. Recent reports are saying Glencoe has had a [...]

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The Scottish Kitchen Garden: 2015 in review


10 February 2016

Hello from The Scottish Kitchen Garden. Head Gardener Kerry here. I can’t quite believe we’re into February already. So I thought, [...]

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Tackling our sugar habit

Leading by example is the best way to tackle our sugar habit


5 February 2016

My name is Carina and I’m a sugarholic. I love ice cream, shortbread and a Friday movie night with a box of chocolates. Now this [...]

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