A Review of La Salumeria, Greenwich Italian Deli SE10.
It’s winter and we’ve decided that La Salumeria the Italian deli on the Woolwich Road needs heated floors and a foot rest. Anyone want to run with that idea in a coffee shop anywhere? It’d be a close competition behind an open fire. Are there any open fire establishments in Blackheath/Greenwich? Please advise in the comments box.
Anyway, that aside (and we can’t really hold it against them when no one else offers this service)…
Sadly for me La Salumeria does not consider it’s remit to bake cakes. Not too unreasonable: No bakery. And after all, just look at this selection. Do you blame them?
Nonetheless, my visit was too early for savoury food and there are frequently a number of modest looking tray bakes there. There is always spogliatelle (which I always thought were called lobster tails, can anyone enlighten me?) I went instead for ‘the tray bake with coconut on’. Result! I was advised it contained white chocolate, which sold it to me. But the impressive feature was crispness of the extremely delicate pastry leaves, with not a hint of sogginess in sight/taste.
Can I confess I went for a hot chocolate rather than a coffee? It was a cold day and that boosts the sugar cravings. If they’d wanted me to rate the coffee (which from recollection, is good) they needed to supply heated floorboards to reduce hot chocolate desire. It was an exceedingly fine hot chocolate- no pretensions (unless you count the glass cup).
I am being kind of mean to La Salumeria. This deli started as a shop that also sold cappuccinos…. The seats were added later, so they are simple, nestled amongst the black and white posters of tourist Italy. But I love them. In reality La Salumeria is a treasure trove of store cupboard delicacies. Waitrose pasta selection be shamed… Nothing in Jamie Oliver can beat me now...
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The coffee is very good. I like the staff and the nibbles. The only disappointment for me when i was last there were the croissants, which, last time I was there were, in honesty, poor. I suppose they aren’t baked on the premesis either…
Visited La Salumeria today & had a very tangy homemade lemon tart with a coffe which has to be one of the best in the area & the cheapest.
I was told the door is kept open to make it easier for customers with prams & wheelchairs & also people tend to think they are closed if the door is shut.
Now I have never ever seen a lemon tart there? They must have been hiding it.
No complaints about the door (which was closed just then)- only the weather!
By the way, if you like lemon tart… check out the lemon tart at Boulangerie Jade which is phenomenal. I reference it nearly every blog.