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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!

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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