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Italian Deli in Clerkenwell Road 1: Terroni of Clerkenwell

昔イタリアからの移民が多く住んでいたロンドンの「リトル・イタリー」、Clerkenwell(クラーケンウェル)。イタリア統一の功労者、ジュゼッペ・マッツィーニも、イギリスに亡命していた頃、この辺りに住んでいたらしい(詳細)。イギリス最古のイタリアン・カソリック教会・St Peter’s Italian Churchなど、このエリアには今でもその頃の名残があるのだが、Clerkenwell Road沿いにイタリアン・デリが2軒あるので、今日明日と一軒ずつ紹介します。

最初は、St Peter’s Italian Churchの横にある、1878年オープンのイギリス最古のイタリア食料品店・Terroni of Clerkenwell。以前はTerroni & Sons、またはL Terroni & Sons、はたまたLuigi Terroni & Sonsという名前だったのだが、現在、表にはTerroni of Clerkenwellとある。ちなみにMいわく、イタリア語で「terroni(terroneの複数形。農民の意)」は、南イタリア人に対する侮蔑の言葉らしい(失礼に当たるといけないので、英語では書かない)。2007年に一度閉店していて(噂では、家主である教会と何か問題があったらしい)、4年以上たった今年2月に再オープン。綺麗に改装され、スペースも倍増した。



Terroni of Clerkenwell
138 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 5DL
tel: 020 7837 1712


Clerkenwell is known as London’s ‘little Italy’, where was a huge influx of Italians  in search of work from the early 19th century. Giuseppe Mazzini, who was one of the most important figure in unification of Italy, also lived in this neighborhood during his political asylum in UK (more info). There is the UK’s oldest Italian church, St Peter’s Italian Church, in the heart of Clerkenwell, and still some Italian feel is in the area. There are two Italian delicatessens on Clerkenwell Road, so I introduce one today and another tomorrow.

The first one is the oldest Italian deli in UK, opened in 1878, next to St Peter’s church. I remember it was called Terroni & Sons, L Terroni & Sons, or Luigi Terroni & Sons or whatever, but now you can read “Terroni of Clerkenwell” on its storefront. It closed its door once in August 2007 (it is rumored that there was some trouble with the church, the landlord), and after more than 4 years, beautifully refurbished and reopened with the doubled space.

There is a food corner with pasta, tomato cans, olive oils and other essentials on the right, and on the left, a deli counter with ham, cheese, and dolce, as well as large shelves with a sizable selection of affordable to expensive Italian wines. There is also a relaxing eat-in space with British and Italian newspapers. It is said that they’ll soon start to make hot food like lasagne and pasta. Can’t wait to try their new menu!

→ more details: “Shitty country”? MA ANCHE NO! blog

Laystall Streetにあるュゼッペ・マッツィーニを記念した 飾り板  / A plaque of Giuseppe Mazzini on Laystall Street


What’s in British’s Shopping Basket?





About a month ago, I read a Telegraph article about consumer research conducted by Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain. Morrisons has analyzed the weekly shops of its 11 million customers and found that the most common items are not so different from 50 years ago, just after food rationing ended.

The item found most regularly in customers’ shopping baskets, was sliced white bread, followed by ready salted crisps (potato chips) and a tin of chopped tomatoes. The only vegetable which is ranked in top seventeen most purchased items is broccoli, and banana is the only item of fruit. The item that would have been inconceivable in shopping baskets of 50 years ago was probably a bottle of Australian white wine. If the result of the research is true, average British doesn’t seems to eat very healthy.

Until 2004, Morrisons superstores were largely concentrated in the English Midlands and the North of England and had expanded southwards recently and there is no Morrisons store in central London. Therefore, their research may not reflect Londoners’ shopping baskets – almost half of Londoners are not born in UK. If analyzing Waitrose shoppers who are mainly middle class, the result may be different as well.

The supermarket said the list proved that British shoppers were, following the recession, more willing to cook from scratch, and typical shopper on average makes spaghetti Bolognese once a week and hunts for bargains. I wrote in the past that spaghetti Bolognese is one of the most popular foreign dish among British (→past entry). But it is a little surprise for me that Italian comes the top of the dishes that appears on UK’s dinner table. Well, pasta is easy to make and costs little, and quite tasty whoever makes it!

  1. Sliced white bread(スライスされた食パン)
  2. A packet of ready salted crisps(塩味のポテトチップス)
  3. Tin of chopped tomatoes(トマト缶)
  4. Bananas(バナナ)
  5. Large bottle of cola(コーラのペットボトル大)
  6. Broccoli(ブロッコリ)
  7. Small pack of chocolate wafer biscuits(チョコレート・ウェハース・ビスケット)
  8. Packet of minced beef steak(牛挽肉)
  9. Packet of breakfast tea(紅茶)
  10. Salmon fillets(サーモン・フィレ)
  11. White bread rolls(ロールパン)
  12. A jar of instant coffee(インスタントコーヒー)
  13. Mature cheddar(チェダーチーズ
  14. A bottle of white Australian wine(オーストラリア産白ワイン)
  15. Tomato ketchup(トマトケチャップ)
  16. Pork and egg pie(ポーク&エッグパイ)
  17. Strawberry jam(イチゴジャム)
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