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Italian Deli in Clerkenwell Road 2: Veneticus

昨日書いたTerroni(テローニ)から東へ少し行くと、もう一軒の大きなイタリアン・デリ、Veneticus(ベネティクス。Google Translateで調べると、ラテン語で「ベネチアの/ベネチア人」の意)がある。100年以上の歴史を誇るTerroniに比べ、2010年の中頃にオープンした(と思う)Veneticusは、まだまだ赤ん坊だけれど、レベルは同等。


Veneticusではランチしていないが、手作りケーキとコーヒーの「afternoon tea」セット(£3.50)を頂いた。ここのお菓子類はとても美味しそうで、実際美味しかった。サービスで出された焼きたてのカントゥッチも、コーヒーや紅茶に浸して柔らかくしなくても食べられるほどサクッとしていて(歯が折れそうになる位固いのも。新鮮なのは柔らかい?)、素朴なうまさ。シェフがトレーに山盛りにされた作りたてのスウィーツを次々と運んで来るのを見ていると、全部試してみたくなる。そしてエスプレッソも絶品。M曰くロンドンでトップクラスだとのこと。


97-99 Clerkenwell Road London EC1R 5BX
Tel: 0203 490 2218

Few steps towards west from Terroni, there is another large Italian delicatessen called Veneticus (=”Venetian” in Latin, if Google Translate works properly). In compare to over 100-year old Terroni, Veneticus is like a baby, just opened sometime in mid 2010 or so, but the quality is as equally high as Terroni.

The store offers everything people want from Italian deli, with Italian hospitality – food freshly made in the in-house kitchen such as lasagna, arancini (fried rice balls), made-to-order panini from charcuterie counter, dolci (sweets) and gelati, as well as imported packaged food and wines.

We didn’t have lunch but just had their homemade cake and coffee, together for £3.50 as an “afternoon tea” set. To be honest, their dolci look very good and tasted good as well, including sample cantucci just came out from the oven which is soft enough for a bite without dipping it in coffee or tea (some are very hard and can break your teeth! Maybe fresh one is softer). I couldn’t keep my eyes off from a chef going back and forth, bringing plateful of his beautiful creations. And their espresso was perfect – M thinks it is one of the best in town.

If I have to compare Terroni and Veneticus, the products they sell as well as friendliness of the staffs are neck-and-neck. I like Terroni’s interior as it is more cheerful and chic. I can’t talk about food much, as I didn’t try Veneticus for lunch, to be fair, but their arancino we had for take away was yummy. For pastries, I definitely prefer Veneticus to Terroni! I should try their gelato when gets hot.


Polka Gelato @ Warren Street

Tapped & Packed(昨日のブログ参照)でランチの後は、辺りをぶらぶら。Warren Street(ウォーレン・ストリート)とFitzroy Street(フィッツロイ・ストリート)の角に、「Polka Gelato(ポルカ・ジェラート)」を見つけた。ロゴは名前の通り、3つの「Polka(=ポルカドット:水玉)」のデザイン。店内は、白黒を基調に、コンクリートの壁、丸くて黒いソファ、そして座り心地の悪そうなプラスチックのスツール(参考サイト)と、アイスクリーム・ショップと言うよりバーみたい。ショーケースの中は、16種類の自家製ジェラートやソルベが並ぶ。値段はワッフルコーン、カップとも小£2.95(2スクープ)、中£3.70(3スクープ)、大£4.5(4スクープ)。テークアウトは2種£10〜。値段はイタリアの倍はする。

取りあえず試食をと、小カップでココナッツ&洋梨を注文。洋梨は少し甘過ぎ、ココナッツはココナッツファインが入っておらず、ちょっと残念。味はご近所のSardo Cucinaの方が上だな。もうすぐ、アイスクリームだけじゃなく、ドイツ風ホットドッグもお目見えするらしい。でも本場イタリアではあり得ないアイスクリームとホットドッグの組み合わせって、お腹痛くなりそう。。。

After having lunch at Tapped & Packed (see yesterday’s blog), we found Polka Gelato at the corner of Warren Street and Fitzroy Street, while strolling around the area. As the name suggests, its logo has three ‘polka’ dots. The black & white color scheme of the exterior and interia, furnished with black round couch and uncomfortable-looking white plastic stools (reference site) together with gray concrete walls, makes Polka Gelato look more like a bar than ice cream shop. There are 16 kinds of good-looking artisan gelati and sorbet in a showcase, and it cost £2.95 for small waffle cone or cup (2 scoops), £3.70 for medium (3 scoops), and £4.50 for large (4 scoops) . Almost double of Italian prices. Take away price starts at £10 (2 scoops) 〜.

We tried a small cup with coconut & pear, but the tastes were a bit disappointing. Coconut didn’t have any bits of coconuts and untraditional taste of pear was bland and a bit sugary. I have to say that we prefer a gelato at Sardo Cucina nearby.  Its a shame because the place is so nice! They are going to have German style hot dog soon as well as ice creams, but the combination sounds a bit strange and would never happen in Italy…