I was very kindly invited to have dinner at Lamezia in return for a review. However, as always, all opinions are entirely my own.
When it comes to trying out Italian foods, I always take my good friend Davide, and yes, you guessed it, he’s an Italian himself. So last week I met up with him to try out the authentic Calabrian cuisine from Lamezia on Holloway Road.
Restaurant owner Maria was born in Lamezia, which a city in the southern Italian region of Calabria, and moved to London when was just seven years old. After being here for just twelve years at the mere age of 19, she opened the family-run restaurant back in 2009. Both Maria and her parents have been creating and serving their favourite Calabrian dishes, using genuine ingredients for over 10 years and I think they deserve to become a little more well known than what they are.
Lamezia has become known, by those in the know, for their Nduja (seriously good, spicy sausage) pizza which was first served there almost ten years ago, when Maria’s father, Franco, would spread the spicy pork salami onto bread for a quick snack. They quickly saw a delicious opportunity to use it as a moreish topping for pizza that nowhere else was selling so it went on the menu at Lamezia in 2010, and has been a best-seller ever since.