Italian voices bounce off the bare brick walls. Allessio from Sardinia, is doing that waiter’s balancing act of several fully laden plates on both arms. Behind the counter, a hive of activity surrounds the wood fire pizza oven.
This was a weekday afternoon at Zia Lucia. In the short few months that it has been open, it has made a name for itself for authentic thin crust Italian pizzas. The clientele was mainly locals and a lot of Italians, going by the chatter on every other table.
I went there for lunch and specifically for their “Pink Pizza” for Breast Cancer Awareness. The crust is colored pink with beetroot and is topped with your choice of flavour. Mine had Nduja, tomato and mozzarella, with an extra bit of grilled aubergine. It was meaty, spicy and served piping hot, taking only 5 steps to deliver it from their wood fire oven to our table. The second pizza had a gluten free crust, with the “Centurione” topping of tomato, mozzarella, Parma ham, rocket and parmigiano.
Both pizzas had generous toppings. Lovely crispy thin crust, smokey from the oven. Definitely one of the better pizzas I’ve had in London. This explains the long queues I saw outside one Saturday night.
If the savoury pizza was not enough, go for their Nutella Pizza. It has Nutella, Zuppa Inglese and a scatter of berries. The home made tiramisu was irresistible, which we had to have. It was served as it should be, unadulterated, not deconstructed, just like you expect an Italian Auntie would make. Very creamy and a delicious end to our lunch.
If you are around the Highbury Islington area, Zia Lucia is a great place to stop for an authentic wood fired pizza. It seems to be very busy at lunchtimes too, so maybe they can replicate this is other parts of London. If you can’t get there, you can order a takeaway or get it delivered too. You might even get a discount using the Portico Places membership card.
157 Holloway Rd,
London, N7 8LX
EatCookExplore was a guest of Zia Lucia