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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!




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New Season White Alba Truffles!

October 25, 2011

From Piemonte. Very very very very special. Served with our homemade organic Shipton Mill taglierini!

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

Aperitivo Hour!

July 6, 2011

What better way to spend your afternoon than by joining us for our Aperitivo Hour! Sunday right through until Friday. 3pm until 6pm. Enjoy complimentary croccante and olives with your cocktails at Centotre!

Choose from our long list of delicious cocktails or, for a special treat, try our “Cocktail of the Festival” Zaira’s own Strawberry Caipirinha – Finlandia Vodka, fresh strawberries, a little brown sugar, gomme syrup and fresh lime muddled on ice – Yum!


Armed Forces Day

June 21, 2011
This weekend 24th-26th June, Edinburgh hosts the UK’s National Armed Forces celebrations.

To show our support for our brave men and women we’d like to offer 50% off for members of the Armed Forces, ex-service men/women and their families when dining at Centotre this weekend. Come in in your uniform or bring your ID on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th and enjoy a family meal with us!

Reservations subject to availability. Tables of four maximum. To book you table, please call 0131 225 1550 or email reservations@centotre.com

Armed Forces Day marks an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

On Armed Forces Day itself – Saturday the 25th June – a parade of up to 1500 serving personnel, veterans and cadets will march down the Royal Mile from the Castle Esplanade to Holyrood Park. The parade will end with a short ceremony of thanks “a Drumhead Ceremony” and this will be followed by a packed afternoon of events and entertainment for all the family, including flypasts by military aircraft, Highland dancing, music and a Veterans’ Village.

For more information on the weekends events visit http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/National.aspx
Look forward to seeing you there!

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!

HitListed!

May 9, 2011

We were absolutely thrilled with the recent List Eating & Drinking Awards held on the 26th April!

Centotre was HitListed as a highly-recommended Edinburgh breakfast destination – open from 7.30 daily (10am on Sundays), Live music venue – with our Jazzmain Trio joining us again this summer for sophisticated Sunday sessions! And, for our dedication to local produce, direct trade and seasonal Scottish ingredients! Well done to all the team and thanks again to all our customers, friends, suppliers and extended Love Happy Food family for your continued support!

Read full review below…

We are also excited to celebrate our sister venue, The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant’s, HitListing as a highly-recommended Arts Venue eatery! Well done to the TSC team and a big thanks to all our wonderful customers, friends and suppliers for your support – we certainly couldn’t do it without you!

The Scottish Cafe was also highly-recommended for their top notch Breakfasts – open from 8am daily (10am on Sundays), their delicious coffee – served all day (with homemade cake if you fancy it) and the same dedicated philosophy of direct trade – sourcing fresh seasonal Scottish ingredients as locally as possible from a long list of artisan producers from all over Scotland.

CENTOTRE
103 George Street, New Town, EH2 3ES | 0131 225 1550 | www.centotre.com
Open : Monday to Thursday – 7.30am until 10pm. Friday and Saturday – 7.30am until 11pm. Sundays – 10am until 8pm (extended in the Festival). Bar open : Monday to Saturday – 7.30am until midnight. Sundays – 10am until 10pm.

Like sister establishment The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, Centotre promises to serve ‘happy food’, their term for food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. True to their word, Victor and Carina Contini work with a large band of Scottish businesses and an impressive list of suppliers can be found on their website.

The interior of their George Street restaurant is also striking, a former bank with high, ornate ceilings, tall pillars and pristine white tables. Perhaps to cater for surrounding businesses Centotre opens nice and early at 7.30am for breakfast servings of pastries , rolls and even waffle dishes. The evening a la carte menu features pastas, pizza, salads and main courses. A starter of silky gnocchi is surrounded by cream, sprigs of dill and smoked salmon. A main course of venison arrives with a tangy horseradish dressing and grilled vegetables. Desserts at Centotre are worth saving room for, particularly a delightfully crunchy meringue filled with berries and cream.

+ Admirable commitment to local businesses
– Generous cream in pasta dishes might not appeal

Mozzerella from Mondragone

February 22, 2011

Our mozzarella from Mondragone just outside of Naples arrives fresh every week.   Sometimes twice a week!

It really is special.

The texture is perfect.  The taste is perfect.

A perfect light lunch or a delicious starter for dinner.

Love is…..Sweetheart cupcakes from Centotre xx

February 7, 2011

Buon San Valentino!!

Order your sweetheart cup cake from  Centotre for this Valentine’s Day. The perfect gift to show your sweetheart, soul mate or special friend how much they mean to you.

Receive an extra special handmade sweetheart cupcake with personalised poem, beautifully gift wrapped for just £10. Available for collection or receive with your Valentine’s Day reservation.

To order your personalised sweetheart cupcake call our reservations team by calling 0131 225 1550, email reservations@centotre.com or ask one of the team! Choose your poem, let us know who to address it to and we’ll take care of the rest.

Orders being taken until 6pm Sunday the 13th February. Collections can be made any time after 10.30am on Valentines Day.

 

Roses and Cupcakes
Roses are red, daisy’s are white,
My dear Valentine you make every day a delight.
Violets are blue, cupcakes are sweet,
I love you, you make my life complete.

 

Valentine Smile
On Valentine’s Day we think of those
Who make our lives worthwhile,
Those gracious, friendly people who
We think of with a smile.
I am fortunate to know you,
That’s why I want to say,
To a rare and special person:
Happy Valentine’s Day!
– By Joanna Fuchs

 

Love is like a Cupcake
Love is like a cupcake,
You’re the icing on the top,
The sweetest things in life are full of love,
And I love you a lot.

Fresh, Simple, Italian, Christmas!

October 3, 2010

It’s drawing nearer! And we’ve got just the menu to help you celebrate your Christmas in style – Italian Style!

Share this special time of year with friends and family with our Piatto della Nonna – A traditional platter for sharing.

Two or Three course Lunch and Three or Four course Dinner options available. Reservations taken from 12 noon onwards.

For more details and to make your booking please visit : Christmas 2010

Or call our reservations team on 0131 225 1550 – between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Buon Natale!