Made in Islington: Vegetable charcoal pizza at Zia Lucia, Holloway Road
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Every week, we take to the streets to unearth something being manufactured or produced right here in Islington. This week, we found grey pizza bases, a hip new hangover cure at Holloway Road pizzeria Zia Lucia...
Walk down Holloway Road on a Friday or Saturday night and it’s not unusual to see a huge queue of people waiting to get into new pizza restaurant Zia Lucia.
This isn’t a pizzeria that follows convention. As well as traditional dough, Zia Lucia also gives customers the choice of vegetable charcoal, gluten-free and wholemeal doughs (this is Islington, after all).
The most popular, and eye-catching, is the vegetable option. With vegetable charcoal mixed into the flour, it is grey in colour with a smoky flavour – and apparently good for curing hangovers.
Claudio Vescovo, co-founder of Zia Luca, said: “Charcoal pizza has been a big trend in Italy for the last year. We thought it was tasty, so we decided to bring it here. These flours are a lot lighter and more digestible.”