Crolla’s Italian Kitchen
It was time to face the music and account for my expenditure on travels to my financial adviser. His offices are in Musselburgh so I took the opportunity for a fortifying lunch at nearby Crolla’s Italian Kitchen ahead of the meeting.
Set in the smart courtyard of Eskmills business park, Crolla’s blends old and new in a similar style to the rest of the site with a part original stone, part glass construction both of which have a contemporary feel to them.
At lunchtime, they serve a menu of specials along with an express lunch selection and full day menu a la carte.
I wasn’t quite sure how portions would work out but opted to order the melanzane alla parmigiana to start then follow with the margherita pizza. Portions proved to be generous but manageable.
First up was the melanzane. Many lightly crisp discs of aubergine were topped with lava-esque tomato sauce and cheese. It was a solid rendition of a classic dish.
The pizza was a notch or two better. The base was lovely and pillowy with a light bready quality to it. It was one of the better pizza bases I’d had in Scotland in recent times. It made for satisfying eating.
Overall, Crolla’s is a thoroughly pleasant place for a bright, welcoming and decent quality lunch. I enjoyed both dishes and would be particularly happy to return for pizza next time my finances are in need of a spring clean.
I ate: melanzane parmigiana, margherita pizza
I drank: sparkly water, tea
I wore: blue jacket
Total bill: £17