Thursday, September 01, 2016

Food: Zia Lucia (Pizza Club Rides Again!)


Last week, on a sultry, warm Tuesday evening, I met up with two of the other Pizza Club lovelies (Connie and Vicky) for a review of Zia Lucia, a cute little spot in Islington which opened back in June. 

With a sweet little restaurant and seats outside (where we happily sat), this is a great little place, and is definitely popular - people were happily queueing for fifteen or thirty minutes or more to pull up a chair and share a slice.


We started proceedings with generous Aperol spritzes, which were mixed to perfection! I find being too heavy-handed either way can leave you with a very bitter or an overly sweet drink, but these were great while we perused the menu, caught up on each other's news, and felt a little sad that the lovely Emma couldn't make this outing (we missed you, lovely!).






For starters we opted for the sharing board with focaccia and added a burrata, because pizza club members really like cheese...


The focaccia was a triumph - a little charred, a little chewy, a little crispy, and the perfect accompaniment to the meats and cheeses we were sharing.


Salty cured meats, creamy burrata, tangy dolcelatte, and goat's cheese paired with honey? What a way to start the meal.


For our mains we decided to go for three different pizzas which we could split between the three of us. At Zia Lucia they have four different bases to choose from - traditional, gluten free, wholemeal and charcoal. Being the intrepid pizza sleuths we are we chose three different bases as well as three different toppings. You're welcome.


On the traditional base we went for the N'duja pizza. Simple tomato, mozzarella and generous helpings of rich, spicy n'duja sausage, this was rated by all of us (even me - I don't do spice very well, but this was so delicious I had to have a slice, overheating be darned!).


On the wholemeal base we opted for the Vegana - butternut squash cream, fresh tomatoes da campo, asparagus and sun dried tomato. We added a little mozzarella to the pizza but it turned out it wasn't required - the butternut squash was delicious with an awesome creamy, silky mouth feel. A winner of a vegan pizza, just as it is, without added cheese.


On the charcoal base we had what turned out to be my favourite of the trio, the Arianna. the combination of mozzarella, fresh sausage, taleggio goat's cheese, pecorino cheese and truffle honey was superb! This is the pizza I'll definitely be returning for.


A trio of delicious pizzas. How lucky we are.


I really enjoyed our visit to Zia Lucia and I was so impressed with how helpful the staff were, and how much they knew about the dishes and their ingredients. Amazing food!

When we arrived at 6.30pm the place was just starting to get busy - by the time we left a couple of hours later it was packed, so that may be worthwhile factoring in when you visit. Reservations can be made by emailing info@zialucia.com, and the restaurant is open every day except Monday, 11.30am -10.30pm. Thank you very much to the team at Zia Lucia for hosting us so well!

Zia Lucia
157 Holloway Road, 
London 
N7 8LX

Zia Lucia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Disclaimer: As mentioned within the post, we were hosted for dinner and our food and drinks were complimentary. All opinions and wussiness about spicy food are entirely my own.

48 comments:

  1. This looks all so good! Never really had an Aperol spritz, feel like I've seen them everywhere this summer. Am I missing something?

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    1. They are so good, Roma! Definitely seek one out while the sun is still around!

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    1. So, so good - dipped in olive oil and balsalmic....

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  3. I like this different variety of pizza's here. I can't say I've had many different types of pizzas when I use to eat them frequently x

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    1. I loved the range - pizza can get a bit 'same-y' I find, so all the different options were fab!

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  4. I do love a good aperol spritz! All of this looks so good though!

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    1. Such a treat - thrilled to find a great wee spot!

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  5. Oh my gosh those are some seriously good looking eats! The next time I'm on the mainland I'll definitely have to check this place out.

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    1. Oh I hope you do - super tasty and lovely staff!

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  6. Wow the food looks very delicious. I bet it was.

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    1. So good - I was full to the brim afterwards but had absolutely no regrets!

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  7. I was at home in bed with a serious case of pizza envy...!

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    1. You poor love! We'll get pizza club #3 in the diary very soon!

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  8. You are killing me with this deliciousness! I want those yummy pizzas so much. The crust looks scrumptious!

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    1. It was so, so good - I was glad I'd had salad for lunch, more room for yumminess!

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  9. i love pizza! those look so delish. I'm really intrigued on the charcoal base

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    1. It was so good - I didn't know what to expect, but I loved it!

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  10. All look heavenly! The Salty cured meats, creamy burrata, tangy dolcelatte, and goat's cheese paired with honey is just too perfect! :)

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  11. I am always jealous reading about your pizza clubs - I think you may have inspired me to start one with my girl friends. Your pizzas look divine x

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    1. Such a good idea - there are some great pizza spots in the NE too.

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  12. Those pizzas look amazing! But, I would happily just eat that starter over and over again. I love picky bits.

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    1. Picky bits are the best - I could happily do them for each and every meal!

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  13. The pizzas look fantastic, i may have to pay them a visit.

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  14. The pizzas look amazing! I definitely need to check this out.

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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  15. The butternut squash pizza sounds amazing and it looks rich and filling.

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    1. It really was - such an amazing option for vegans or vegetarians.

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  16. That pizza looks amazing. My tummy is really really rumbling. That right there is bloody good!

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  17. Good idea to get three pizzas to try a bit of, I always get really jealous of other peoples food when it comes through x

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    1. Me too! I love when you can share and have a little of each.

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    1. They were heavenly! Every time I spot this post my tummy starts rumbling!

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  19. Okay. I'm hungry now. Where's my pizza at?!!

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    1. Haha, I think that every time I happen upon this post!

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  20. Goodness my gosh those are some genuinely gorgeous eats!...This looks all so good!..I like this distinctive assortment of pizza's here.
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  21. Pizzaaaa <3 These look so good, have meant to try Zia Lucia's for a while now!

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    1. Oh you must, Milly - really beautiful spot, and fantastic pizza!

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  22. WOW! Can I join your pizza club? Pretty please!? Also, Charcoal base looks awesome! H x

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    1. I think we may be adding members before long - I'll keep you posted!

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  23. This looks just amazing and I am not really that big a fan of pizza x

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    1. Sounds like Zia Lucia may need to be on your to-do list!

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  24. Looks like you had a fantastic meal, it looks so tasty!
    http://lilinhaangel.com/

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    1. It was fabulous - I'm already planning another visit!

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