Our Top 5 Italian Deli's in London
Wed Aug 2014
Are you getting ready for one of our holidays in Italy and want to explore the country’s culinary traditions before your trip? Or maybe you just came back from one of our destinations and you are missing the local flavours?
Pay a visit to an Italian Deli! Given the growing passion for Italian food in the UK, you are likely to find one close to you! Usually run by Italians, these little shops are perfect for a coffee break or for a quick lunch. You can also stock up on Italian food that you cannot find in other shops or supermarkets. However, what a deli gives you is also a taste of the Italian experience. Don’t go there in a hurry, relax, ask for advice and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of these food temples. Here are our favourite Italian delis in London, check them out if you are in the area!
48 Cross St, London N1 2BA 020 7226 1951 Angel or Highbury & Islington tube
This little deli is located in the heart of Islington. The owner, Piero, comes from the area of Brescia, in Northern Italy. He is the soul of this place. Like most Italians, he loves to talk and he will be happy to advise you on wine or to suggest the best combination of antipasti for your platter. Piero takes pride in the products he carefully selects for his deli. His eyes shine while he tells customers where his prosciutto comes from and how fresh the olives are! Take the time to have a chat with him while drinking a creamy espresso. Italian experience all the way!
A little secret: at the back of the deli there is a cute and quiet patio area. Make sure you sit here if you come for lunch!
145 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB 020 7702 1181 Notting Hill Gate tube
Owned by an Italian family, this deli has one of the widest selection of Italian cheese and charcuterie. If you are in Notting Hill, you must stop by! Like most delis, Valentina is not too big, but they have managed to fit an incredibly vast choice of Italian products in this little shop! Valentina has four other shops, so check them on their website.
What to try: We all know cookies are delicious, but why not try some Italian biscotti? Here you can find many different kinds to try out for a typical Italian breakfast!
La Piccola Deli
20 Stratford Road W8 6QD 0207 938 5456 Earl’s Court tube
The owners of La Piccola have opened 3 local delis in Kensington, Maida Vale and Holland Park.
Their staff are very friendly and they have many fresh and healthy options for lunch. We love their freshly squeezed juices and their robust coffee.
Indulge: If you love cheese, try their stracchino, a fresh, soft and creamy cheese from Northern Italy.
I Camisa and Son
61 Old Compton Street London W1D 6HS 020 7437 7610 Leicester Square tube
I Camisa is conveniently located in Soho, perfect if you happen to be in central London. This deli has a long tradition, dating back to 1961. They have fed generations of Londoners, so you can trust their expertise!
Stock up: Find your favourite pasta shapes and discover new ones, to serve rigorously with Camisa’s pesto and other delicious sauces.
66 Granville Arcade, Brixton, London SW9 8PS 07792 492112 Brixton tube
To enjoy the lovely atmosphere of Casa Sibilla you have to venture to the colourful Brixton Village Market. The Sibilla family has an established tradition, as they also own restaurants in Italy. They serve Apulian and Piedmontese food of the highest quality. Treat yourself to a lunch and enjoy dishes you will probably not find elsewhere in London.
Must try: their regional Apulian and Piedmontese specialties and their superb pastries.