GROUP CHAIRMAN, VITTORIA GROUP
Tony Crolla, Owner of the award-winning Vittoria Group, is one of Scotland’s leading restaurateurs. The son of Italian immigrants, Tony has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry and took over Vittoria on the Walk from his father, Alberto Senior, in 1993.
Since then, Tony has expanded the group which now features five of Edinburgh’s most popular Italian eateries – Vittoria on the Walk, Vittoria’s on the Bridge, La Favorita Pizzeria, Taste of Italy Caffe and Divino Enoteca. And opening a new venue in winter 2018 , Scotland’s largest fish and chip restaurant in the City’s old town.
Tony’s philosophy is to consistently serve up high quality, authentic Italian cuisine at a reasonable price and complemented with outstanding levels of service; and these are values which he instils in his team of 240 staff, more than half of which are Italian. His group has 2 AA rosettes and over 25 national awards.
The group prides itself on being a ‘family’ business and Tony is supported by his wife of 28 years, Angela, who runs Taste of Italy and his two sons, Alberto and Leandro. He has also assembled a management team to assist him and considers his suppliers and advisors as part of “Team Tony”.
Tony is also Chairman of La Favorita Delivered, Scotland’s most exciting pizza delivery business, which has 2 sites across Edinburgh, employing another 50 staff, and has already scooped a clutch of awards. And is now also in the hospitality software business with a start-up called Thrive Hospitality that is launching in summer 2018
Additional information of interest:-
Tony Crolla has been awarded one of the highest civilian honours from the Italian Government – Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, known as “Cavaliere” in Italian. The honour is bestowed on foreign nationals and expatriates who promote Italian national prestige abroad. The Award was presented at a special ceremony in Edinburgh by Italian Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Raffaele Trombetta.
Happily married to Tony; and proud mamma to Alberto & Leandro.
Angela is principally responsible for Taste of Italy – and its success! However she also oversees a lot of the detail at group level and works closely with husband Tony on the strategic direction of the group.
GROUP OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Born & bred in Edinburgh, Alberto has been involved with the Vittoria Group since he was in a buggy!
Alberto loves playing and watching football – and is a passionate supporter of local team, Hibs, and his Italian favourites, Juventus.
When he’s not working or following the football, Alberto loves go-karting or a good book.
Chris started his career in food and beverage operations within the 5 star hospitality sector, principally with the Waldorf Astoria, overseeing the delivery of exceptional service to a diverse profile of clientele. Following that, he moved to guest relations where he was responsible for enhancing the customer journey following a major brand transition. Chris joined the Vittoria Group Spring 2015 and is responsible for the evaluation and improvement of service standards and delivery.
GROUP HEALTH, SAFETY & FACILITIES MANAGER
Keith started his career in the construction industry before moving to the luxury retail sector and then overseeing the security and health & safety within the 5 star hospitality sector. Since joining Vittoria Group, Keith’s role has been to develop and promote a culture of safe working practices across the group, ensuring compliance with current health and safety legislation, approved codes of practice and guidance in relation to employment and service provision.
GROUP EXECUTIVE CHEF
Originally from Kent, Spencer moved to Edinburgh in 2009 to join the Scotsman & Glasshouse Hotels. He then assumed the role of Executive Chef at the The Caledonian (Waldorf Astoria), a position he held for three years, before being approached to join the ranks of the Vittoria Group. Spencer was appointed as Group Executive Chef in Spring 2013 and since then has been discovering more about the diversity of Italian cuisine.
Prior to moving to Edinburgh, Spencer spent 15 years working in some of London’s most prestigious hotels & restaurants including The Dorchester and Michelin star restaurant, Le Pont de la Tour, as well as Harrods, Buckingham Palace & Michelin star restaurant, Petrus, part of the Gordon Ramsay Group. He also worked with Gordon Ramsay at The Berkeley Hotel.
GUEST SERVICES MANAGER
Originally from Sardinia – Italy. Luca, started his career working for prestigious 4 and 5 stars luxury resorts on the Esmeralda coast in Porto Cervo. Following that, he worked for a luxury Limousine and tourist Agency overseeing the delivery of exceptional service to a diverse profile of clientele. He was responsible for enhancing the customer journey following a major brand transition; a position which he held for three years, before being approached to join the ranks of the Vittoria Group.
Luca, joined the Vittoria Group on October 2010, started as a Bar manager, and was promoted as Guest Services Manager on September 2015, he is responsible for the group reservations providing exceptional customer service trying to provide to our guests the best experience possible!
Lesley joins us as marketing manager for The Vittoria Group. She is a marketing professional with over 10 years experience in the hospitality sector, responsible for out of the box marketing campaigns and events. As an experienced brand marketer she is looking forward to bringing her marketing experience and creative flair to the Group.
GROUP FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Andrew joined the Vittoria Group during July 2015, after working in a number of different sectors over the last 25 years as a finance professional, ranging from Logistics through to Digital Media delivering astute financial management of the businesses that he worked within.
Having never worked within the hospitality sector, Andrew’s initial period in the business has been a steep learning curve a challenge which Andrew has risen to with gusto.
Andrew assumes full responsibility for Vittoria Group Financial Reporting & Planning, covering both the restaurant and delivery businesses, managing a small team based in the centre of Edinburgh.