Established in 1934 to help serve the fledgling immigrant Italian community in old Edinburgh, this awardwinning Italian delicatessen has become one of Scotland's brightest jewels.

The store's vast range of delicatessen products is sourced from small Scottish artisan producers and farmers, while fresh fruit and vegetables are imported directly from markets in Milan and Paris, and seasonal Scottish produce is sourced from local growers.

There is also an on-site bakery that produces bread and pastries for the shop and café bar and supplies local businesses.

The store also boasts the Royal Warrant as Suppliers of Fine Cheese to The Queen when in residence in Scotland, and also stocks more than 1,000 wines.

"It's like the Tardis - unremarkable exterior, but inside a universe of the best food and wine. It makes shopping like exploring - you never know what you'll find but it will always be excellent," says author and Academy member Jane Peyton.

The store runs a year-long programme of events in its shop and café bar throughout the year, including complimentary tutored wine and cheese tastings and cookery demonstrations by leading cooks and food writers.



Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Established: 1934

No of stores: 1

Fact: Scotland's oldest Italian specialist food shop and wine merchant