In About us
Our story starts over a hundred years ago when our families arrived here as immigrants from rural Italy. They had been farmers but, without any land, they decided to make a living from the other thing they knew and loved – good food.
From ice cream and fish and chip shops, to an Italian delicatessen, our family have been honoured to serve our customers on the east coast of Scotland for over a century. We use the very best local produce and a huge helping of Italian passion for hospitality, sourcing, quality and simplicity.
We change our menus to reflect the seasons across all our venues to keep them fresh and exciting. These are supplemented by produce from our own one-acre Kitchen Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh which provides us with herbs, vegetables and berry fruit.
8 years ago Victor completed his Edinburgh & Midlothian Beekeepers Certification and we are delighted to have six hives. Two at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Belford Road and four in the Kitchen Garden. You’ll always find our own honeycomb on the menu.
With over 30,000 bees per hive we’re trying to do a little extra bit for the environment. But it’s lovely Margaret Forrest who supports Victor to keep the bees healthy and safe.
We are passionately committed to our sustainable and environmental practices.
Sourcing – We purchase direct from a trusted network of over 70 Scottish artisan suppliers. We change our menus to reflect the seasons across all our venues to keep them fresh and exciting. Sourcing too from our own one-acre Kitchen Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh which provides us with herbs, vegetables and berry fruit.
Environmental – We are committed to growth through sustainable development, and we respect and care for the environment. We endeavor to find a secondary use for all our waste materials or recycle where re-use is not possible. This includes the recycling of glass, cardboard and food waste. Wherever possible we aim to minimise our Energy consumption – water, electricity and gas uses through training, improved practice and controls and measures of monitoring usage.
Social – Our community of our team and our suppliers is at the heart of our business. We constantly develop and train our team to support their skills to help sustain them within the hospitality industry. Their mental and physical health and well-being is integral to this.
These values allow us to support a wide community of suppliers living in rural communities around Scotland and in Italy. We know our suppliers value our choices. Equally we appreciate your choice to support our sustainable business based and trading here in Edinburgh.