CELEBRATING BRITISH PRODUCE & LONDON’S MEDITERRANEANS WITH GASTRONOMIC SANDWICHES, APERITIVO & VERMOUTH COCKTAILS
Spelzini is an all-day restaurant and bar in the heart of Shoreditch, that celebrates the best of British produce and the culinary traditions of London’s Mediterranean community.
Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and Aperitivo, Spelzini serves simple, quick and affordable dishes, from gastronomic Sandwiches to gluten-free Chickpea Flour Flat Bread Pizzas and Cicchetti-style sharing plates, alongside an eclectic drinks menu of wine, aperitifs and vermouth cocktails.
Founded by Jim Fisher, Spelzini takes its name from Jim’s great grandfather, Luigi Spelzini, a fishmonger and grocer who moved to London in the 1890s from Liguria in Italy. Spelzini pays homage to the European culture that Luigi and others brought to London and which introduced Britain to the Mediterranean’s best gastronomic traditions, transforming the capital in the 20th Century with Italian delis, Cypriot milk bars and Southern French patisseries.
Spelzini combines this history and the family story with a contemporary approach to design, service and cuisine. The interior is minimalistic with an industrial aesthetic and touches of Arts and Crafts styling. Inspired by London’s historic Mediterranean bars and eateries, featuring illustrations painted by Jim and his father to create a social dining space with wooden sharing tables where everyone is welcome.
Spelzini creates its menu using the best British suppliers, from Paxton & Whitefield, a 200 year old cheesemonger, to Dukeshill, whose cured hams have a royal warrant, and London’s Bread Ahead Bakery.
Food & Drink Menu
Breakfast at Spelzini is all about simple, quick and affordable staples, including Toast and Toppings, Granola, Juices, Tea and Coffee. Highlights include the Bacon Butty with Onion Relish, Baked Eggs served with Tomatoes, Yoghurt & Lemon and Mayfield Cheese on Toast served with Lea & Perrins.
From noon until 8.00pm, diners can choose between Salads, gluten free Chickpea Flour Flat Bread Pizzas, Pastas and gastronomic Sandwiches. These are served hot or cold and range from elevated staples to more adventurous seasonal inventions, including the Croque Monsieur (York Ham, Mayfield Bechamel & a Burnt Onion Relish), the Catch Of The Day (Breaded Fish, Tartare Sauce & Grapefruit) and the Harissa Aubergine (Harissa Roast Aubergine, Houmous, Radicchio served on a Gram Flour Wrap).
There are three gluten free Chickpea Flour Flat Bread Pizzas to choose from, including the Florentina (Spinach, Chilli, Garlic, Egg & Mayfield Cheese), Farmhouse (York Ham, Cote Hill Blue Cheese, Caperberries, Pickled Chicory) and the Pollo (Chicken, Mayfield Cheese, Tomato & a Gochujang Dressing).
The set brunch menu available on Saturday and Sunday is priced at £15.00 per person. Guests can choose one vermouth cocktail, a tea, coffee or juice and one innovative gluten free Chickpea Flour Flat Bread Pizza, with varieties including the All Day Breakfast (York Ham, Egg, Tomato & Mayfield Cheese), Veggie Breakfast (Spinach, Marinda, Tomato & Burrata) and Nutella Banana (Banana, Nutella, Harissa, Honey & Tahini Yoghurt).
Dinner is served in reverence to an Italian Aperitivo, where guests can enjoy an evening drink whilst grazing on a choice of six bite-sized Cicchetti-style plates, including Pickled Chicory, York Ham & Mustard and Caerphilly Cheese & Granny Smith Apple.
For dessert, there’s a choice of Fortitude Bakehouse Cakes available on the counter and Ice Cream Sandwiches, which are made with Brioche, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and a Negroni Reduction.
The drinks list has been curated by renowned London barman Fin Spiteri and includes aperitifs and vermouth cocktails, such as The Reduction Spritz (Campari, Vermouth & Prosecco), Milano Mule (Vodka, White Vermouth & Ginger Beer) and The White Port One (White Port, Vermouth, Fernet Branca). These are available alongside a selection of organic and natural red, white and rosé wines sourced from Ellis Wines, Sherry, Champagne and beer brewed by Forest Road Brewing Company.
Spelzini will also regularly showcase special bottles of rare vermouth, such as 1960s bottles of Cinzano, which will on occasion be served by the glass to guests.