Lamezia is a charming little Italian restaurant on Holloway Road, Islington London. Named after the city in the beautiful southern Italian region of Calabria. A family-run restaurant serving fresh pasta and pizza. Olive Magazine voted Lamezia as most progressive Italian food in the British Isles in 2019.
Lamezia invited me for a complimentary meal for myself and a plus one. I loved the decor, which made the place cosy and romantic while also down to earth. The decor and the amazingly friendly staff really demonstrates the family-run nature of the restaurant. I very much enjoyed and highly recommend the bottle of organic Italian white wine which we had“Frandina” Cirò DOC. It was a distinctive golden colour and slightly sweeter than most white wines.
Lamezia Italian Restaurant Food
Around the restaurant, various chalkboards were listing several exciting specials for starters, pizzas, pasta and dessert. For starters, we shared the burrata. It was insanely creamy and tasted amazing with the parma harm. We also shared the Italian antipasto, which included a selection of Italian cheeses, cured meats and homemade bread. The portion was large with large chunks of cheese. We weren’t able to finish it but got the leftovers bagged up to take home so as not to waste the amazing quality food.
For mains, we had one pizza and one pasta dish. We went for the pizza special which was a Silana pizza with tomato, mozzarella, pancetta, scamorza & drops of homemade sundried tomato spread. It was a very indulgent pizza with the heavy cheese and pancetta but very enjoyable and went great with the wine. Pasta wise, we had a hard time deciding between all the fantastic sounding dishes. We eventually went for the ravioli aragosta and granchio – lobster and crab ravioli. You could taste how fresh the pasta was as well as the fantastic quality of ingredients served in perfect portion size.
We had to pass on dessert from being so full up from the starters and mains however all the desserts sounded fantastic! They had all the amazing Italian classics such as tiramisu. I’ll return again soon to try their desserts. We instead had some of the fresh homemade limoncello.
Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, Lamezia created pizza kits to make pizza at home but still with the amazingly fresh dough from the restaurant. With the choice between a margherita and nduja pizza kit. I also noticed at the front of the restaurant a small deli selling local Calabria wine and food which you can buy to enjoy at home. I love it when restaurants have a shop as shows that passion for their cuisine.
Overall, I loved my evening at Lamezia. It was cosy, relaxed, and I was very impressed by both the food and service—simple, honest good Italian food to enjoy with friends in a fantastically vibrant and ambient atmosphere.
Lamezia Italian Restaurant Highlights
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