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Tweet Love November

November 10, 2009

Cool tweets from friends over last couple of weeks.

If you’re not already, why not follow us on Twitter:

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Comments like this make it all worthwhile.

November 3, 2009


We recently picked up on the following comment received by the prestigious Restaurant Guide web site:

“My boyfriend and I visited Centotre last Friday night and what a great time we had! I had eaten there for lunch before but never been in the evening, the chandelier there is beautiful and creates a lovel ambience. It was my partner’s birthday so I requested one of the booths at the window which we were told normally cannot be reserved, the person who took the reservation said they would do their best to get one and sure enough one was saved for us when we arrived. We were greeted by the very friendly owner who showed us to our table. Our waitress was lovely, very attentive but also knew when to leave us alone. The food was delicious, fresh and not at all stodgy as is sometimes the case with Italians. After our meal we got chatting to the owner and after mentioning my boyfriend’s birthday were presented with two limoncellos on the house. It was a great night, we’ll definitely be back!”

Victor responds: “We’re both delighted and humbled at such praise, and grateful to customers who take the time to comment on these online guides.

It also encourages us to continually keep up and surpass the high standards we hold ourselves to in offering the very best to our customers.

Molte Grazie.”

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo.

November 3, 2009


Our Christmas Menu is now out. (Download a pdf here.)

Our suppliers all primed to provide us with the very best, freshest, seasonal ingredients. (As always.)

Our staff have been instructed to be even more, (if that’s possible), welcoming, professional and attentive in making your festive meal with us truly memorable.

So what’s missing?


Call 0131 225 1550 and book your Christmas table now.

The end-of-year fun has only just begun.

October 30, 2009


Here are a few more reasons to visit Centotre over the next few months.

Download our events pdf here.

Please support the Italian Cloister Fund for St Andrew’s Cathedral. We are.

October 14, 2009


Over the next few months at Centotre we’ll be selling raffle tickets in support of St Andrew’s Cathedral, the oldest and most venerable Catholic church in central Scotland as it embarks on an ambitious project to create a wonderful Italian Cloister.

First prize is a week’s hotel accommodation in Italy, second prize, an audience with the Pope in Rome! (Which in some people’s book should perhaps be first prize!)

All proceeds go to the redevelopment fund.

In the words of the Archbishop of Glasgow: “The monument itself will be a fitting and beautiful symbol of the great bonds of friendship between Scotland and Italy. Besides offering much needed facilities and gathering space for the Cathedral, the Cloister Garden will quickly become a much-loved oasis of tranquility amid the city bustle; a place to come alone or with friends, to reflect, to sit awhile and to remember. Please help me in this effort.”

Spread the Love !

October 11, 2009

Sincere thanks to Flickr Photographers Ross, Andy and Richard for taking time out from their Centotre Hot Chocolate, Cup Cakes & Pancakes respectively, (and respectfully!) to shoot and upload them to flickr.

We really appreciate it.

Introduce yourself to Victor or Carina (or DM @centotre) next time you come in chaps, and your Hot Chocolate, Cup Cakes and Pancakes are on us.




“And, we would walk 500 miles….”

October 3, 2009


The Contini family supported the charity 500 Miles in fine style today.

Covering a total of 9 miles if you tot up the team total.

Covering the 1 mile course in a dazzling time of around 9 Crostini and 24 Secondi, the team consisting of: Carina, Victor, Orlando, Carla and Arianna, plus kitchen staff Yvonne, (aka ‘Miss Cupcake’), Yuri & Attila, plus a gift-wrapped box of the Cup Cake Caffe’s finest, a pizza, a kilo or two of beautiful purple aubergines plus a 3 litre bottle of fine Frescobaldi.

On completing the course, Carina said: “One of the organisers of 500 Miles is the inspirational Olivia, a great friend of Centotre and we wanted so very much to support the event today.”

While Victor was somewhat more difficult to get a quote out of.

We’re not sure that is was due to lack of pre-race training, consuming most of the bottle of Frescobaldi throughout the race, or the fact that in a photo finish it look liked young Ariana beat Victor to the tape by a considerable margin.

All in all a wonderful afternoon in aid of a wonderful cause. And please, if you can, support the charity here on Victor and Carina’s Just Giving donation page for the event.

More photos here.

‘Miles for Smiles’ blog here.

Breaking News: The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at the National Gallery.

September 30, 2009

Press Release:

The National Galleries of Scotland announced today a new collaboration with Victor and Carina Contini, the hugely successful partnership that brought the restaurant Centotre to Edinburgh.

The Scottish Café and Restaurant at the National Gallery.

Celebrating the very best ingredients from Scottish producers and growers, and offering delicious, yet affordable food in a wonderful setting.

The restaurant, which, for the first time, will serve breakfast every day from 9.00 am, will open on 19 October 2009, in the National Gallery Complex, on The Mound. The restaurant will also now open for dinner on Saturday evenings.

Following the same principles of fresh, simple, good value food on offer at Centotre, the concept for The Scottish Café and Restaurant will focus on local produce and Scottish cuisine.

Michael Clarke, Director of the National Gallery of Scotland said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a high-profile and successful company as Centotre. At the National Gallery of Scotland we feel it is particularly appropriate that the cuisine will have a distinctly contemporary and Scottish flavour – to be enjoyed by our visitors from home and abroad! “

Carina Contini said: “We are thrilled to have won the contract with the National Gallery of Scotland and are looking forward to showcasing the best of Scottish producers and suppliers in The Scottish Café and Restaurant.”

The restaurant interior will have a new look, devised by Annie and Lachie Stewart of ANTA, a family-run Scottish design and architecture firm. Individually commissioned, hand-woven fabrics, Scottish oak and Caithness slate will feature in their planned redesign. A number of original oil paintings by the celebrated Scottish artist Sir William Gillies will also be on show.

The Café will serve great coffee and traditional Aberdeen Butteries, made to its own special recipe. Lunch will include hearty homemade soup, old-fashioned tasty open sandwiches, beautiful salads and lots of irresistible homemade cakes. Traditional Afternoon Tea and the classic Scottish favourite, High Tea, will be served from 3pm to 6pm every day. The Restaurant will be open from Monday to Sunday, from 9.00 am until 5 pm, with dinner being served on Saturday evenings.

Who’s that Customer? Jon Mountjoy.

September 28, 2009


Jon Mountjoy has been a friend of Centotre since 2007.

He’s lived in South Africa, the Netherlands, and now resides permanently in Edinburgh.  

Jon is a true global citizen who tends to work Californian hours, as his work life is centred around a thriving San Francisco-based company.  He often travels the world, but is kind enough to send us postcards.

He also loves his food and coffee and makes no secret of his love for our double macchiato and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs breakfasts. (The consummate multi-tasker he can often be seen in a booth with a fork in one hand, while running his business via an ever-open Apple MacBook Pro, on our super-fast broadband wi-fi.

When work is done and on the odd weekend off, Jon has been know to diligently explore Victor’s wine list, and such is his enthusiasm that he has on occasion been treated to a private tasting of some of Victor’s super-special wines.

A stalwart of Edinburgh Coffee Morning, (#EdCM) the weekly gathering of the great, the good and not so good of Web 2.0 in the city, Jon is always in demand from attendees for his insights, discoveries and enthusiasms for all things social media.

A power-user of Twitter, Quicksilver and all things OS X, Jon is also a keen photographer and student of the finer things in life, which is (we hope) why he’s such a fan of Centotre.

And, we hasten to add, why we’re such fans of him.

Teenage Cancer Trust Auction update:

September 20, 2009


As we said in an earlier post, Centotre was delighted to help Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador Lynne McNicoll host a fund-raiser at 103 last week.

And we’re absolutely delighted to report that the Lynne’s Challenge Auction raised an amazing £5,500 in just one morning!

Thanks to the many friends of Centotre we’re out in force, with their cheque-books in tow, to generously support this vitally important charity.

Master-of-ceremonies and head auctioneer, Victor was, as you can imagine, in his element, surrounded by beautiful ladies, (and a few beautiful men), a dazzling array of donated gifts and artworks plus more than a few cup cakes.

You can see the full album of photographs for a most memorable and worthwhile mornings work here on Lynne’s Picassa page:

And more importantly you can read more about Lynne’s work and find out how you can help, here on her charity website.