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 email@example.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!
157 Holloway Road,
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.