One of the most famous Italian cafè in London is undoubtedly E. Pellicci which is located in Bethnal Green Road in East London. At first glance, it may seem like just a neighbourhood café is actually a piece of London history.
Pellicci is a truly family-run place, forget the Starbucks for a moment ,. The café was opened in Bethnal Eco-friendly, then a run-down neighborhood, by Nevio and Anna’s Italian grandfather, Priamo Pellicci, in 1900.
The history of the Pellicci family
The mother of Anna and Nevio, Maria, have been cooking for years personally in the location and other family members such as cousin Tony come to help. After the death of Mr Pellicci in 1931, Mrs. Elide Pellicci continued to manage the café and hence the initials of today’s place: E. Pellicci. INevio Senior., Born upstairs from the café, managed the business after Mrs Elide Pellicci until her death in 2008 Mr. Nevio’s wife, Maria, is the head of the family and together with his son Nevio and daughter Maria manages the location in the 21th century.
Sixty years ago, in London there were hundreds of Italian cafes such as E. Pellicci. Most have vanished, driven out by high rents and the rise of bland coffeehouse chains. E. Pellicci survived, in part because the Pellicci family cares about the place and it wouldn’t be accomplished to kick it out and then it’s good, there were hundreds of Italian cafes like E. Pellicci in London. Most have vanished, driven out by high rents and the rise of bland cafe chains. E. Pellicci survived, partly because the family cares about the area and it wouldn’t be accomplished to kick it out and then it’s cool and quaint. The Art Deco interior was created in 1946 and is a masterpiece of inlaid wood panelling.
If you think Pellicci is famous only for Italian cuisine, you are really wrong. The place is a mix of British and traditional Italian ‘bean wagon’ at very affordable prices. Pellicci makes one of the best English breakfasts in London, but at the same pace also sells cannelloni and lasagna. You can see here the current menu Not representative of Italian restaurants in London, E. Pellicci is not an exotic cuisine restaurant, but has absorbed the character of the neighbourhood where it is located and added its own personality, contributing to what East London is and what gentrification is destroying. Remember that it opened to the peace when fresh pasta and pizza were unknown in these parts. Age in an area populated by people from all over the world, but with many Irish and English proletariat who worked at the port and in the factories in the area.
ironically a place typical of London’s East End and one of the very few survivors who still make you understand how life is here once in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other is run by Italians. A location that has seen the history of the East End of the last 120 years pass. The famous mobsters the Krays twins often ate here and who knows what they organized while sitting in the place.
If you pass by Bethnal Green Road in the morning go to price breakfast in this legendary area, an important part of Italian history in London. Meanwhile, watch the video clip.