Lamezia Deli is where I spent Thanksgiving this past Fall. It was hardly a traditional Turkey-Day meal, but delicious it was! As the American in London, I was short of plans for this celebration with a last minute trip to “Soggies” to get involved in some volunteer construction work and project management. Looking for an affordable dinner option while on the road buying supplies here and there, I stumbled upon this Italian eatery. Overwhelmed with lots of “the things” in my hands, they gestured for us to come in and were kind enough to let me dine with my brand new shiny rake beside me.
This was conditional on the grounds that I would rake the leaf ridden entrance behind us. (Insert ha-ha here.) On a serious note, they were very welcoming on this blustery Autumn day in spite of my atmosphere altering merchandise.
Newly purchased from Argos, I had high hopes of getting some impromptu gardening and landscaping done with that rake…
To start off our Turkey-free Turkey Day, we had them put together a lovely little antipasto plate. This was accompanied by a nice fresh basket of light and fluffy Italian bread and olive oil. Our “Antipasto”- often pronounced “Antipasta” means “before the meal” and is a traditional Italian first course. They normally include cured meats and olives, grilled and pickled vegetables and cheeses which vary according to the region… This bruschetta melted in my mouth with its olive oil drenched tomato chunks on top of the pillowy toasted tranche.
I ordered a house salad in addition to the antipasto. I have to say that the salad was fresh but boring. The olives were okay for throwing onto a pizza and into an oven, not so much a salad. Judging by the quality of everything else that came out of the kitchen, they can do a little better than this! Where is my mesculin blend and freshly grated Pecorino Romano? Where is my aged Balsamic? Where are my dark colored leaves that make me feel like “I’m doing a body good?”
The pizza was the main event of course, and it was nothing short of excellent! I love a nice light pizza every now and again. You know, the kind that is minus the puddle of plate drenching discharge to remind you of what you just did to your arteries. It was light and chewy with a satisfying sauce to cheese ratio. The anchovies were an unexpected and salty touch. I suppose everything has its purpose.
Our meal came to a close with a couple complementary rounds of Amaro Del Capo. This dark liquor was earthy and warming in flavor and made for a perfect digestif! While I can’t promise I’ll be back next Thanksgiving, I definitely recommend this Italian Deli for the other 364 days of the year! Their hospitality was appreciated on this holiday away from home.
Address: 165 Holloway Rd, London Borough of Islington, N7 8LX, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 20 7609 6620