You know it’s going to be good when a restaurant or café is part of the Valvona & Crolla family, and you know it’s going to be even better when the sign outside mentions gluten free!
On recommendation of a colleague who told me all the cakes at La Locanda are gluten free, I made a detour to try it out. On a WARM day in Edinburgh we were able to sit outside – it almost felt like being on holiday. Cockburn Street is in the Old Town and is a cobbled steep little hill running up to the Royal Mile with quirky shops and very little traffic, so is a great location for some (admittedly rare, in Scotland) al fresco dining.
The service at La Locanda was sensational – friendly and professional and nothing was too much trouble. Even the mention of gluten free just gets a smile – brilliant.
As we were feeling a little bit holiday-like, two glasses of Prosecco seemed appropriate. I ordered gluten free pasta from the specials menu, while my daughter had focaccia and salad. Her bread was deemed “the best bread I have ever had”, which is praise indeed from a student. My pasta was a slightly piquant tomato sugo sauce with aubergine and blobs of mozzarella, plus fresh basil. As a little treat they also brought me two two slices of gluten free bread which had been grilled with rosemary and olive oil. The sauce was plentiful and the aubergine was roasted and almost dissolving into the sauce – just great. The bread was seedy and the rosemary with olive oil gave it a flavoursome kick.
Are you drooling yet? This was a really very good meal! The Prosecco was light and delicious and the food was of the highest standard and just served in a really relaxed and comfortable way. Asking about the bread, I was told it comes from a French bakery in town (yes, I am on the hunt!); and I nipped inside to check out the cake. I was too full to eat any, but thought I should take a quick picture for your information and delight.
The kitchen at La Locanda is seriously tiny. How they produce brilliant food from what resembles a large cupboard is beyond me, but they do it and it is good. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant is a must for the gluten free diner – but also for anyone else too.
It’s a great place – give it a go!