Zia Lucia

Restaurants, Italian Lower Holloway
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Homely pizzeria where interesting dough is topped by Italian enthusiasm.

Zia Lucia is your new favourite non-family member. The name is Italian for ‘Aunt Lucy’, and the kindly looking lady smiling out at you from its logo was the inspiration for this lovely neighbourhood pizzeria, opened by Highbury locals Gianluca and Claudio in June 2016. While its branding, flavours and atmosphere are bang on-point, the place still pulses with the sort of old-fashioned charm you only find at an Italian family feast.

Different doughs give the menu its USP: there’s a deliciously nutty wholemeal option, an impressive-looking vegetable charcoal one that’s said to ease digestion, and a gluten-free crust that’s been getting rave reviews from those avoiding nature’s elastic. They’re interesting, but they don’t exactly transform the flavour, and at £1.50 extra per pizza, quietly push the bill away from bargain status. Toppings are mostly the more interesting classics – ’nduja, aubergines, broccoli and speck ham (not all at once) – but the pizza chef has added a couple of haute Italian options: the Arianna with mozzarella, sausage, taleggio, pecorino and truffle honey could almost be Caesar’s breakfast buffet.

It doesn’t matter what you end up ordering, because every last ingredient is of the utmost quality. Even the flour is the most expensive on the market. This attention to flavour is particularly apparent in the ‘Tagliere’, a sharing board of meats and cheeses that are all cut to order and marvellously fresh. The mortadella is sourced from Bologna, and is the best I’ve ever tried. And I’ve lived in Bologna. Of equally high standard is the service, which was fast and friendly even on a buzzing Friday night when we’d queued for half an hour on the pavement outside. So Aunt Lucy may not share your genes, but there’s no doubt that you'll warm to her – this lovable restaurant is already brightening up the N7 food family.

By: Ashleigh Arnott

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Venue name: Zia Lucia
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Address: 157 Holloway Road
London
N7 8LX
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
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Gourmet pizza at the prices of Franco Manca or Pizza Pilgrims: what do you want more? Their dough is phenomenal: tasty and light, portions are very generous and ingredients so fresh and delicious. I like their innovative take on pizza: La Vegana is my favourite, on the black base. Fun vibe and very attentive and personable service.


Been a regular since they opened in 2016: pizza is always phenomenal. They just never let you down. There are queues and the place is busy but quality is always top notch. Haven’t found anything of the same level in London: my go to place for pizzas and salads. Try their pizza specials: every week they create a different one. Here in the picture their Easter Egg Pizza ;) and the evergreen Arianna on wholemeal dough. A must go place!


Dear Zia lucia management, thank you for ruin my evening on Saturday night!

I arrived at the restaurant at about 9:15 and it was very busy, two couples were waiting to be seated but I was told that in 20 minutes I could have had a table for two. After waiting patiently for half an hour I saw that a table had become available but when I approached the “manager” she told me sorry but she had now to sit a table for 8 that had a reservation.

I tried to reason with her and told her this was unfair and if she had mentioned about the 8 earlier I would have gone somewhere else. She also offered me a seat at the counter which is actually used by the pizza chef and the area is full of take away boxes and dirty with flour!!!

As far as I know they even never used to take bookings!!

Dear owners, I have eaten in your restaurant before and love your food but you need to be careful at how you treat people! Good that you opened a new branch but u need to have professional staff that can manage the tables, don’t run before you can walk or you’ll loose clients!

Tastemaker

Great, inexpensice Italian Pizza in a homely environment! What else to ask. Located in Lower Holloway, the space & service is fantastic - on summer time, few tables are out to enjoy the London summer with delicious pizza!

tastemaker

Hands down best pizza I've had in London! Zia Lucia keep it as simple or as adventurous as you like. Feeling adventurous? Go for my personal favourite, Broccolosa (tomato, mozzarella, fresh sausage, broccoli) on an activated charcoal base. Keeping it (relatively) simple? You can't go past the Via Del Campo with tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil. Pizzas are made in an open kitchen so you can see the dough in action and service is relatively fast even with a packed house. They serve local Hammerton House beers, and the gluten free bases are actually more than edible, they're delicious too!

tastemaker

Zia Lucia is one of those true Italian pizzerias where they employ only Italian staff you will hear most customers speak Italian too. I don’t know why, but I always consider this as main sign of authentic Italian place! Italians know good food.

Pizzas are incredibly fresh, dough is out of this world delicious. For small fee ypu can choose what kind of dough you want, and they do gluten free too. I tried it just of curiosity and can tell it tastes just as amazing as normal one.
Even their selection of wines and beers is good, and everyone is so friendly it almost seems like you walked into someone’s home kitchen. 10/10!
tastemaker

Reviews don't lie, this is hands down the best pizza in London. Don't be silly and queue for that new Naples pizza place, because you'll be disappointed that you hadn't gone here instead. With about 8 options of different pizzas, 4 different types of crust INCLUDING gluten free, your biggest problem will be deciding which one to get. Get here early, and don't come with many people. It's a small atmosphere and there's usually a queue, any day of the week.

tastemaker

Absolutely cracking pizza place. Wonderful little venue and lovely staff. With a selection of doughs for your base and good range options, it's at the higher end of pizzas I've tried in London

tastemaker

Incredibly wood fire pizza! A bit of queuing but food is served fast. Waiters are fantastic and the pizza is simply delicious. Wood fire, gluten-free dough option and cahrchoal dough available as well. Don't miss out :) Zia Lucia definitely raises the bar for other restaurants in Holloway...


I think it's pretty bang average pizza at the expensive end of the market.

I eat pizza all over London, and visit Napoli regularly - twice this year already, and trust me this isn't even close to places such as Pilgrims, or even Pappagone for that matter.

We waited over 45 minutes for 2 margheritas, probably because the pizzaoili had to mess bout with 4 different types of dough. When it arrived it was pretty below average. 

Atmosphere isn't a vibe either - 1 toilet in the whole place too.. Won't be returning.

tastemaker

These guys take Pizza seriously! They have 5 different types of bases and an array of different pizza toppings. I would totally recommend this place.  They dont have much elese apart form pizza - a few salads and starters but that doesn't really matter. 


The service was great - they were super friendly and attentive.  They also had the best 80's music collection I have heard in a long while. 


Its on the Holloway road which is very up coming and they are a lot of lovely bars and shops too so make an afternoon or evening out of it. 


Tried this new pizza place after reading lots of reviews and I am soooo glad I have tried it. The staff is friendly, the pizza are incredibly tasty and rich of ingredients (unless many other pizza places in London) and their doughs are very unique. We had to wait 20 min for a table and then 15min for our pizzas because the place was full (despite it was tuesday evening) but it was worthwhile. Will be back


Very cute new place in Holloway Road. Very interesting concept and incredibly fresh ingredients. Did not yet tried the special dough but the traditional one is certainly one of the top 3 I have had in London. Gets packed so you should go early


I agree with TimeOut - the focaccia with mortadella is just out of the world. And the charcoal dough is really interesting. Great new little place


Delicious food, delightful people, amazing vibes. Everybody, from the pizzaioli to the manager are funny, approachable, smiling and always up for a good laugh. Zia Lucia is my new best local venue in London!


The pizza is fantastic. I already tried the different dough and is quite impressive! The pizza makers are nice and friendly and you can have a chat while eating your pizza, but they will not tell you the secret of their dough!!


Been at Zia Lucia already twice since it has opened and both times we were impressed by the quality of the pizzas, especially the vegetable charcoal which is something we never had before. Also the pizza dessert is a MUST!


It is the best pizza in london and the cost is similar to Italy. I love their pizza bases; never eaten before a gluten free base that is so good


I am celiac so gluten intolerant and I simply had the best gluten free pizza EVER. People with my problem know how difficult is too find a decent gluten free pizza but this is like eating a normal one. I do not know about the other dough (and won't be able to try them...) but the gluten free is just perfect. Go early because it gets packed


I love its friendly and welcoming environment. pizza is lovely, tasty and light at the same time


Simply the best Pizza in London...maybe not only London! Nice place, good food, good mood...anything else?


Great Pizza and great Italian flavours! People are very friendly and the general atmosphere is excellent.


I have never tasted such a good and healthy pizza like the one prepared for me at zia Lucia , I am Neapolitan so you can trust my choice


I have been living in Highbury for many years and I have never seen a place in Holloway Road with queue every day! This is the reason I have decided to try because I was intrigued by this place. After I have tried I understood why this has become so popular in such short time. It has a unique combination of great food, cosy venue and super friendly staff. And to be clear, I am not a big fan of pizza in general but hey, they just pushed the bar a notch higher. Very glad to have had this new addition to our area


never tried the vegetable charcoal before, it is superb. And the burrata is beyond any expectations


excellent pizza, fresh ingredients and friendly staff. Highly recommended the pizza dessert!


Went to Zia Lucia last week for the first time as I read many great reviews, so I was a bit scared to be disappointed. Actually, it was great. The atmosphere and the venue are great, cosy and warm. And the staff super friendly although the place was quite packed and we had to queue for a bit but was not too bad. The pizza was WOW. Really. I had an Andrea Pirlo on vegetable charcoal and was absolutely stunning. Truffle oil was delicious. My friend had La Vegana with butternut squash cream on wholemeal and she was amazed on how light it was. Last but not least the tiramisu was excellent. I only wished they were in my area too as it is a bit too far for us.


excellent pizza with fresh ingredients and unique types of dough. Tried the wholemeal and was really and tasty while my wife ordered the vegetable charcoal which has a very different look and it is incredibly light to digest. Also had a bottle of prosecco, really high quality


One of the best pizza ever, certainly in London. The gluten free is absolutely FANTASTIC and interesting concept offering 4 types of dough. Recommended


Anyone would love to have a Zia Lucia in their neighbourhood. Why? Because food is genuine and fabulous, you feel home there, the staff recognizes you, there's a neighbourhood type atmosphere, and they found an innovation (they offer different types of dough) to a very old and established food (pizza). Their pizza is the best I have found in London, at a very reasonable price (£7-11).


Being dairy and wheat intolerant I thought my pizza days were over but then I found Zia Lucia! The dough was so crispy yet...? doughy! and the vegan butternut squash cream was a delicious dairy free alternative to cheese topped off with tangy sun dried tomatoes. I literally had to call the waiter over to make sure he had given me the right order and I wasn't tucking into a normal pizza. My friend enjoyed a cheese and wheat filled feast and was equally as pleased. Couldn't rate this place enough!


I read a lot about Zia Lucia in the press and I was intrigued to try it out. What a discover guys! arguably the best pizza I have ever had, the vegetable charcoal is something really unique which I have never had before. The concept of 4 types of dough is really interesting as you can try different pizzas every time. And the pizza dessert is a must. Last but not least, there is a spontaneous buzz in the restaurant which gives the place a touch of authenticity. Try it out, really worthwhile!

Tastemaker

I really want to love Zia Lucia, but I just can't bring myself to, yet! It's local, uses fresh ingredients and has a selection of bases for your pizza that include a great gluten free option. But on the other hand, the pizza here is too doughy and chewy with soggy bases all around, the toppings aren't well balanced in flavour, and it's just a bit too expensive given the area it's in. 


The Arianna (truffle, goats cheese, sausage) with charcoal base was recommended by the manager and I had high hopes. Unfortunately, it was way too overpowered by the truffle which I wouldn't have been surprised to find out was artificial instead of natural.


The pizzas here are around £10 as well, and ask for a further £1.50 if you get one of the special bases they have on offer. I personally don't see the pizza here being worth £10+ when you can get arguably much better and better value for money from Franco Manca, or even next door to Zia Lucia at Lamezia Deli which is brilliant. To be fair, the bruschetta was only around £3.50 and included 3 large pieces of bread covered in salad and tomatoes - defo worth ordering! 

The service here is also a bit haphazard, the waiters rush all over the restaurant to serve food and it frequently comes too fast after starters (it happened to us and a few other people while we were there). They also dropped a glass, knocked a few chairs over and then took 15 minutes to bring us our bill. Not the end of the world but could definitely use some improvements.


Overall, I will be back to Zia Lucia to test some of the other flavours and give it another chance, as it was pretty good pizza. But I definitely wouldn't count it as the best pizza in London, and so to give the overall rating on TimeOut a bit of balance, I'm giving it only 1 star (though otherwise I would give it 3).


what a great place! an innovative way to enjoy pizza in London by offering a varieties of dough with top quality ingredients. great atmosphere and friendly people. you could not ask for more. Go for the charcoal pizza, it is awesome! 


Easily the best pizza I've had in London. The quality of the dough and the ingredients are exceptionally high and would even be excellent by Italian standards. Move aside Franco Manca, this is my new favourite.


I absolutely love this new pizza place. It is just a few minutes walk from my flat and I am now a regular. The pizza is delicious and there is infinite choice as you can have all toppings on 4 different doughs, so you never get tired. the atmosphere is also great, as people are friendly and the place is beautiful. They say the real Zia Lucia may pop by sometime soon. Fun! Highly recommended, for real

Tastemaker

What an absolute gem. Franca Manca has officially been toppled off the throne by the new Pizza King of London (or should I say Queen). This place is perfect, serving delicious pizzas with a choice of four different doughs including a charcoal option, plenty of fresh topping choices, great drinks including of course aperol spritz, and a fun, authentic, buzzy atmosphere. I was there during opening week and it was chaotic but in the most wonderful way (!) and it seems the whole Italian community in London had stopped by the say hello. To top it all off, it's called Zia Lucia, Auntie Lucy in Italian (what a name!) With this place only 10 mins walk from my flat, I have a feeling I may become a regular....


Laid back, neighborly restaurant with a wonderful vibe and, most importantly, spectacular pizza! My first visit came on the second day of the soft launch - the place was buzzing - and I decided to try the pizza with nduja on a charcoal base. The charcoal gives the pizza a really dramatic look but, most importantly, it was delicious. Proper base (in Naples, it is all about the base) with truly high quality toppings. So I decided to go back last weekend to try the whole meal base Arianna (goat cheese and truffles sounded to good to pass on). Completely different pizza, but same feeling of utter satisfaction for my taste buds. And the lovely spritz was just the cherry on top! Everyone here is genuinely passionate about their food, carving out a special place for Zia Lucia in the London pizza market. Will be back (again!).


Finally real pizza in London! I was hoping for a good pizza place to come to my neighborhood for a while, but Zia Lucia has really exceeded all my expectations, and it is definitely the best pizza in London (and by far)
 I went twice already since the opening last week, and I was blown away both times. The ingredients are so fresh and tasty and the dough (I managed to try all 4 of them) is so light. Overall, phenomenal pizza and superfriendly atmosphere 

tastemaker

I felt like I was actually on holiday in Italy - all the staff shouting at each other in Italian, minor chaos (soft launch, wonderful minor chaos) and amazing food. They took time to explain all the dough to us (4 kinds!! One gluten free and one that helps your digestion!) and recommend what to eat, and it was all absolutely delicious. And they have burrata. What more do you need?! The name means Aunty Lucy, as in the aunty who is going to feed you up and look after you and lives just round the corner - and it did feel like all those things.

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