I’ve driven past The Italians on Chiswick High Road a few times over the last few months, always en route elsewhere, and I think, I must go back and take a look. Finally today I managed it. I’d had an appointment that finished nearby just after noon, so by the time I’d parked the car again and taken a look inside, I decided it was lunchtime and the perfect opportunity to try one of their delicious looking ciabatta rolls.
I chose a prosciutto, mozzarella and tomato roll and also ordered a Flat White. Yes, I know, dear Italian friends – it was past 11.00am and one does not (if Italian) drink white coffee at this hour of the day and after a meal. But it was what I fancied and as I mainly drink Flat White (or espresso later in the day), it was a good way to judge how much I liked their coffee.
The roll was wonderful: full of gorgeous prosciutto and excellent mozzarella. The roll itself was perfectly crusty on the outside, soft in the middle, and very tasty. A roll this good is a very splendid thing. The coffee was excellent too – definitely one to return for.
A nice touch was leaving some bottles of water and glasses with cutlery and serviettes on a small table so you could help yourself to a bottle of water to take to your table. The walls were covered in wonderful black & white photos of Italians – each labelled showing people in different parts of Italy.
People were coming in for takeaways but a number like me opted to sit down. It was a friendly place with a large deli to buy Italian food to take home: fabulous cold meats, gorgeous breads, slices of pizza and small ones, dried and canned goods, like a whole pack of hazelnuts from Piemonte.
There was fresh pasta and some fresh vegetables.
There were chocolates and jars of chocolate-hazelnut cream.
And olives, salads and cheeses.
At the back was an extensive wine cellar with a large selection of Italian wines to choose from.
There was a fridge with glorious looking cakes and desserts, including little Sicilian cannoli and sfogliate.
I couldn’t resist taking home a slice of tiramisu for suppertime.
What a great find. It may have taken me a long time to actually stop and take a look at The Italians, but now I have I’m sure to be back there soon. It’s open Mon-Sat from 7.30am – 8pm; Sun from 8am – 7pm.
See their website: The Italians.
4 thoughts on “Cafe/Deli Review: The Italians, Chiswick, London W4”
Do you know I’ve never noticed it – is it on the left or right going towards Turnham Green (the actual open space that is) ?
It’s on the left, just before the Green and the lights where you turn left for Sainsbury’s. Definitely worth a visit!
I live across the road from that place and visit often. The food is good but it is remarkably disorganised when it gets busy.
Good to know. It was fairly quiet when I went.