The sign of a great Italian deli, is to walk in and believe that you’ve been transported back to Italy, smelling the aromas of all the ‘salumi e formaggi’, finding some cheap and cheerful products alongside some gourmet ‘artisan’ products, and not being able to decide what to get because it all looks delicious. Even more perfect if topped off by friendly staff who tempt you with samples of cheese or other tasty treats and a lunch counter with freshly home made meals that have just been rustled up minutes previously in a simple kitchen behind the scenes.
We’ve tried and tested many over the years, and two of our personal favourites are La Piccola Dely and La Masseria. Slowly but surely we’ll be making our way through those that we haven’t as yet had the pleasure to visit, but in the meantime, here is a list of some others we’ve found around London:
“With four shops in central London, La Bottega offers simply the finest Italian food, bringing together regional delicacies, speciality foods and fresh Mediterranean dishes” La Bottega’s website
“Valentina was founded in East Sheen in 1991 where today, the Zoccola and Arcari families share their life-long passion for food and wine. Valentina now has four shops in London including in Notting Hill” Valentina’s website
“We opened in June 2006 with the purpose of bringing to London our 25 years of unique experience in the Italian food industry. Thus, we personally select and import only the finest quality products from small farms and producers throughout Italy. This ensures that our customers taste varied produce that is of the highest possible quality” Fine Foods website
“Familiar to many in the Hampstead area, Giacobazzi’s Deli is a 21 years young forge of food specialities and Italian treasures” Giacobazzi’s website
Terroni of Clerkenwell
London’s oldest Italian deli since 1878, next to St Peter’s Italian Church. Terroni of Clerkenwell’s website
The founder was originally from Liguria who used to travel abroad to sell Olive Oil in the 1930s. Situated on Farringdon Road. Gazzano’s website
“We opened Melograno Alimentari in July 2011 to bring you “The best food and wine from Italy”. Our team of people both here in London and throughout Italy have sourced, and continue to search out top class food and wine” Situated in Holland Park. Melograno Alimentari website
“Lina Stores is an Italian delicatessen in Soho, central London. We’ve been selling Italian food in Soho since 1944. We import a large range of Italian specialities and freshly prepare Italian food on site every day” Lina Stores website
“Located just off Upper Street in Islington, London, we’ve been bringing our passion, skill and expertise in food and drink to our family business for over eleven years” Montes website
Established in Chelsea since 1973, and apparently stocking almost fifty different kinds of olive oil! Luigi’s website
“Gennaro Delicatessen was founded in 1982 in Lewisham by Gennaro and Maria Massiello, an Italian couple whose dream had always been to open their own shop sharing the authentic taste of Italy with South East London. On retirement in 2003 they passed their vision on to another young Italian couple with the same passion for incredible food, Antonio and Elena Nigro” Gennaro Delicatessen’s website
Organic Italian food shop from the same owners as Franco Manca pizzeria. Based in Brixton. Wild Caper’s website
Where is your favourite deli? If you’d like to suggest somewhere or write a review, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.