FOOD: Zia Lucia Pizzeria
Written by: Violet Myers
Do not adjust your set. Contrary to everything your eyeballs may be telling you the chef at Holloway’s newest wood fire pizza joint, Zia Lucia, did not have a touch too much cooking sherry and burn this pizza, this is pizzas hot new thing, this is pizzas HD Brows, it’s micro brew and it’s cross fit class all rolled into one. This is pizza with a charcoal base and it may just be the best we’ve ever had.
Having opened earlier this month bang in the middle of Holloway Road’s blossoming foodie pocket, the neighbourhood style pizzeria offers a choice of four different doughs, including wholemeal, gluten free and the mysterious charcoal, which is reported to have added health benefits and even aid digestion. But what’s the verdict? Is the famous idiom true, now that we have gone black will we ever go back? Well, although we’re not quite ready to kick traditional dough out of bed, it’s pretty damm good, delicious even, the charcoal adds a slight smoky flavour which has a really interesting quality.
But it’s not just the dough that has us dreaming about this 6 inch wonder, but the incredible fresh ingredients and flavours pilled on top. Toppings range from butternut squash cream, truffle honey and succulent parmigano, each with a generous supply of fresh cheeses.
With a seating capacity of 56 and a large open kitchen with traditional wood fire, the restaurant is an intimate setting, with an atmosphere that ranges from bustling to chaotic. Chefs are seen throwing and spinning their dough making for a fun dining experience. The mostly friendly staff are rushed off their feet, with some having little time to be polite (one particular charmer lacked even the most basic skills in civility preferring to speak only to our male photographer and continuously silencing our female reporter, using a rather fun ‘single finger hush’ maneuvre on more than one occasion, which we assume is some form of mansplaining for the hard of hearing). But hey, when the pizza is this good it can easily be overlooked, we won’t let one bad egg spoil the whole batch.
Zia Lucia Pizzeria
157 Holloway Road
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