Its all about Family at Vittoria and this Fathers Day we are asking you all to get together and spend the day with us.
In Italy father’s day is celebrated on the 19th of March which is Saint Joseph’s day. Saint Joseph is considered by the Catholic tradition as the symbol of a pious and perfect father who fulfills his assigned role within the family.
This day has, then, become representative for all the fathers in Italy who are celebrated on this occasion.
Moreover, a lot of events and street markets are organised in the towns while Italian families have a special lunch to honour the father or they decide to go on a trip to celebrate this occasion if it falls on Saturday or Sunday and have lunch outdoors. Being it also the day of Saint Joseph people take it as an occasion to celebrate the Saint’s name.
Thanks to an honour bestowed upon him by the Italian Government this week, Tony Crolla of Vittoria Group in Edinburgh has been awarded ‘Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy’, known as “Cavaliere” in Italian – one of the highest civilian honors in Italy.
Tony’s devotion and passion for Italian food, drink and culture, and his tireless promotion of Italy’s heritage in Scotland and around the world is the reason for this great honour.
Tony joins an esteemed list of recipients from around the world including singer Frank Sinatra and tennis champion Novak Djokovic.
Congratulations Tony – We are all very proud of you.
The main difference between white and red wine has to do with the colour of the grapes used. … Many different grape varietals are used to produce wine, including Pinot Gris, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. While red varietals are used to make red wine, white wine can actually be made from red or white grapes. At Vittoria Group We have our sommelier Silvio who will take you on a journey of our most discerning wines. Handpicked by us for you…
According to popular tradition, in 1889, 28 years after the unification of Italy, during a visit to Naples of Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I, chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi and his wife created a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). They named it after the Queen – Pizza Margherita.
Descriptions of such a pizza recipe, however, can be traced back to at least 1866 in Francesco DeBouchard book “Customs and Traditions of Naples” – (Vol II, p.. 124). There he describes the most popular pizza toppings of the time which included one with cheese and basil, often topped with slices of mozzarella.
Whatever the real origins of this pizza recipe are, all we know for sure is that Raffaele Esposito’s version for Queen Margherita was the one that made it popular. Since then it has grown into one of the most recognisable symbol of Italian food culture in the world.
A form of pizza has been around from the earliest days of mankind. This started when it was discovered that by crushing forms of wheat or grains a substance that we today call flour was made and then mixed with water it formed a dough.
Due to cooking being done on open fires and heating stones to cook on it was discovered that if this dough was flat and laid on the hot stone it would start to cook the dough and make it more edible and enjoyable. Then over the years this become more refined to what we have today as a pizza.
However still to this day we use very similar cooking techniques, we have log fired ovens and we cook the pizza direct onto a hot stone. We use only the finest ingredients to bring you the best pizza.
Vittoria on the Walk has been providing delicious Italian food from its family friendly restaurant in Leith for over 45 years. The secret to success? A dedication to providing authentic, traditional Italian dining throughout but it’s also interesting to look at the history of our lovely Leith!
Leith is located on the Firth of Forth in south east Scotland. It was for many centuries Scotland’s premier port. In 1833 it became a separate burgh with its own Town Council. It became part of the City of Edinburgh in 1920.
While the story of Leith is in part the story of Kings and Queens, Merchants and Mariners, it is more the story of the ‘ordinary’ people who lived in Leith and worked in its docks and industries – often in conditions that we would regard as intolerable nowadays.
Vittoria on the Walk has been providing delicious Italian food from its family friendly restaurant in Leith for over 45 years. The secret to success? A dedication to providing authentic, traditional Italian dining throughout.