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Terra Madre at Centotre

January 4, 2012

We celebrated Slow Food’s Terra Madre.  A celebration of good, clean, fair food that took place all over the world.  Setting up a free tasting and demo stand on George Street, in the snow, on the busiest shopping day of the year and one of the restaurants busiest days of the year – most people would think we were mad.

But have a look at this little video and you’ll see all the fun we had along with our lovely team, Venessa, Veronica and Ryan, our dear Slow Food Friends and lots of new friends who took the time to find out about just a few of the things that get us excited.

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New Menu for the Festive Season!

December 1, 2011

Christmas has come early at our house!! Today we’ve launched our new Festive Menu, celebrating all the goodness of our winter larder and full of delicious dishes to warm you through! We’ve got something for everyone, including: our favourite Piatto Della Nonna – our festive sharing platter full of Italian flavour and amore from Milano and our dedicated vegetarian and gluten free menu so that everyone can enjoy an authentic taste of Italy this Christmas. An early Buon Natale from all the team at Centotre, we look forward to seeing you soon!




Centotre – that’s 103 in Italian…

October 4, 2011


Vegetarian and Gluten Free!

September 16, 2011

Fresh, simple, Italian to be enjoyed with ALL your friends and family!!
We’re pleased to be offering not one but two menus (lunch and dinner) with dedicated vegetarian and gluten free options so that everyone can enjoy the fresh taste of Italy no matter your dietary needs. We’re always happy to adjust any dish to suit your requirements, please just ask!! Buon Appetito!

September Menus!

September 6, 2011

Just in time for Autumn, we’ve got not one by two new menus for you! Join us for Lunch or Dinner and enjoy fresh Scottish ingredients with authentic Italian flavours at centotre

Fresh, Simple, Italian. The very best ingredients simply prepared, served fresh and best enjoyed with family and friends. We take fresh local ingredients from our Scottish larder and add authentic Italian flavours delivered direct from the Milano markets weekly, exclusively for us.

From Scotland this month we’ve sourced new season wood pigeon from Burnside Farm in the Tweed Valley, near Kelso. Burnside is family run farm which has been in the Rutherford family since the 12th century! We’re proud to support a wide range of Scottish suppliers, including Peelham Farm in Foulden for our organic veal, Inverurie Gold for our sirloin steak and Carroll’s Heritage in The Borders for our potatoes.

From Italy we receive pallets of our fresh vegetables, several varieties of tomatoes, Mozzarella di Bufala and Burrata. Our Mozzarella di Bufala comes direct from Mondragone in Campagna, it’s made on a Thursday, delivered to Milan on the Friday and is with us on the Monday. You can’t get any fresher than this. Our Burrata comes on the same route direct from Lecce in Puglia.

Buying direct from both our Scottish and Italian suppliers means we cut out the middle men and the warehouses, and ensures we serve only the freshest produce. It’s also a guaranteed investment in the farms and in their people. These choices are key and have always been at the heart of our love of good food. We hope you can taste all the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment invested in all our lovely food. Buon appetito!

Artist Corner

August 15, 2011

We’d like to introduce Laura Wade, a dear friend of ours and a very accomplished young painter. We’ve commissioned Laura to paint us a series of works for Centotre – watch this space!

Wynad Pepper

August 12, 2011

Very dear friends of ours, Colin and Kolquin live in India. Colin is in his 70’s and Kolquin in his 80’s. About 15 years ago they retired and chose the region of Kerala as their home. They bought a few acres of land and adopted the locals as their own. Para, Johnson and many others. They decided to start growing pepper as Kerala is the most famous growing area in the world for this incredible spice.

Victor and I were able to visit them in 2001. We found a community of three generations living in the most stunning countryside you could ever imagine. Grandparents, parents and children are working in this plantation. Thanks to the success of the pepper and all the support from Colin and Kolquin these families have running water, all the modern conveniences we enjoy, their children go to school and are clothed and fed. All of these basic needs that we take for granted didn’t exist for these families before the plantation was established.

We have bought the pepper for many years but we’re really sorry to say we hadn’t ordered any for over two years. We now have this back in stock. White for The Scottish Cafe an black for Centotre.

What makes this pepper so special is that it’s hand picked and it’s organic. Unlike commercial pepper that you buy each string of berries is picked from the pepper vines only when they are ripe. This makes the picking three to four times more labour intensive that commercial peppers. Once picked they are left in the sun to dry for a few days then they are pasteurised to prevent salmonella. Cases of salmonella is very high in pepper due to the elephant and cow dung that is used as fertiliser.

White pepper is black pepper with the skin removed which is also done by hand by Wynad. We buy direct therefore ensuing that all the money goes back to the plantation to support the families. While fair trade ensures a fair price, the growers don’t get the best price and sometimes there can be three or four tiers of middle men inflating the price to the end users but not ensuring the best price for the growers.

Wynad is a huge story. But the region has had great losses over recent years. There has been a lot of blight and many of the crops have failed. Leading to one of the highest suicide rates of any farming community in the world. Grandfathers and fathers have been lost due to
the devastating loss of income these communities has suffered. One less mouth to feed has been the sacrifice these men have made for
their families futures.

So when you’re putting that little bit of ‘gioventù’ as we say in Italy, youth, on your food, it’s really a much much bigger and very special story…

Visit Wynad’s website to find out more : www.paraspepper.com

New Festival Menu!!

July 6, 2011

Summer has arrived (for the most part!) and with it our shiny new Festival Menu! Celebrating the festival season in Edinburgh and showcasing our most favourite Italian and Scottish ingredients! Including…

Poached Scottish langoustine with homemade Amalfi lemon mayonnaise; New season Italian Camone tomato with rocket, pecorino and fresh Italian watermelon; Our homemade gnocchi with triple cream Burrata from Puglia; Peelham Farm pork and Loch Arthur ricotta in homemade ravioli; Vialone Nano risotto with courgettes and courgette flower leaves served with Centotre British Rose veal meatballs; Chargrilled Scottish cod fillet served with summer stew of Italian borlotti beans and Pachino tomatoes; Peelham Farm lamb with fresh broad beans, East Lothian King Edward potatoes and a homemade salsa verde – to list just a few!!

And to finish try our homemade Italian peach and frangipane sponge with Loch Arthur ricotta cream laced with Amalfi lemon zest or our famous centotre Meringue served with homemade strawberry ice cream and fresh Scottish strawberries – yum!!

Reserve your table today and enjoy the flavours of the Italian summer with dishes made from the very best Scottish ingredients!
Tel: 0131 225 1550 or Email: reservations@centotre.com

Slow Food Week

June 20, 2011

Good Farming = Good Food = Good Eating!

The first ever National Slow Food Week starts today and we’re delighted to be taking part!

With the Royal Highland Show taking place at Ingliston between June 23 and June 26, Slow Food Edinburgh is encouraging restaurants that value their connections to Scottish farmers to celebrate those links while the show is on with special dinners, menus or tastings. Scotland’s largest agricultural event should be a great excuse to remind diners and visitors that shorter links from farm to plate helps inspire better farming and better food, more interesting menus and more memorable meals. Enjoy food that’s well connected.

 

At Centotre we’ve designed a special menu to celebrate and showcase some of our favourite Scottish produce. It’s available all week starting today

Slow Food = the resistance movement against fast food.  Let’s have food (and farming) that’s good, clean and fair.
Slow Food Edinburgh’s initiative to establish closer links between Scotland’s premier agricultural festival and local restaurants serving local food is part of Slow Food Week 2011 www.slowfoodedinburgh.co.uk

Watermelon Martini – June Cocktail!!

June 6, 2011

It’s back!! Juicy, delicious and perfect for a drink in the sun or an evening treat with friends!

We get our fresh watermelon delivered direct from Milano, full of the flavours of Italian summer sunshine. We mix it with your choice of either Finlandia Vodka or Tanqueray Gin and add a splash of Martini Dry!

And, join us from 3pm until 6pm every Sunday to Friday for our famous Aperitivo Hour and enjoy free chips and olives with your cocktail!