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Italian delicatessen and Expresso Bar - amazing selection of Italian produce - including pasta, fine wines, cheeses and cold meats. At the rear is an Expresso coffee and panini bar
The Gazzano's - Italian delicatessen - Expresso Bar and paninis
167-169 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3AL
The Gazzano's is something of an institution around the Farringdon Road. Four generations of the same family have worked here since arriving from Italy's Amalfi coast just after the war.
The founder was originally an olive oil seller from Liguria and in the 30's he travelled abroad to sell his produce each year - this routine was abruptly interrupted by the onset of the second world war.
At the end of the war he purely by chance narrowly escaped being deported on an ill-fated boat, which subsequently sank on the way to Australia and eventually he made his way back to England to be reunited with the woman he fell in love with before the war and the rest as they say...
Half a century on and Joe Gazzano with his father and sister are still maintaining the family tradition. This Italian delicatessen has an incredible range of all the Italian food you'd expect - shelves of dried pasta in every shape - fabulous Italian cheeses and cold meats and a serious selection of Italian fine wines, Grappas and Prosecco.
At the rear of the shop is the Espresso and Panini Bar with a seating area - they also provide a take away menu of freshly prepared rolls and paninis.
For an authentic flavour of Italy in the heart of Central London you must drop by...
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