Following launches in Holloway, Brook Green and Wembley, the fourth restaurant from pizzeria micro chain Zia Lucia has arrived in Aldgate and brings the group’s authentic Italian pizza to east London for the first time.
Founders Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca d’Angelo use a much-talked-about 48-hour slow-fermented dough to create their distinctive pizzas, with different dough options available according to the preference of the customer. Slowly but surely, the duo are becoming big players on the London pizza scene since opening their first restaurant on Holloway Road in 2016.
The new restaurant is only a five-minute walk from Aldgate East tube station. With a long wooden pizza bar, wraparound windows and a pizza oven brought all the way over from Naples, the 60-capacity restaurant is Zia Lucia’s most impressive yet.
When it comes to the menu, all of the favourites including the centurione (with mozzarella, Parma ham and parmesan), Andrea Pirlo (with gorgonzola, apple and truffle) and vegana (butternut squash cream, tomatoes and asparagus) pizzas are there, with the option to add a whole host of extra toppings including truffle honey, butternut squash and nduja, as well as four dough bases to choose from: vegetable charcoal, wholemeal, gluten free and traditional.
Frequently changing seasonal specials mean that regulars won’t be short of choice when it comes to ordering. Feeling hungry? There are simple starters along the lines of bruschetta and focaccia, salads and plates of cheese and cured meats, as well as a three-strong list of homemade desserts including ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu and a Nutella and custard pizza dessert.
To drink, there’s a focus on Italian-style cocktails including a spritz and award-winning Negroni, as well as a selection of Italian and British bottled beers available, alongside wine and Prosecco which has been sourced specifically from small producers back in Italy.