This family run deli and restaurant also stocks an amazing range of Italian wine
An Italian restaurant, bar and deli has been wowing foodies since opening its doors in Birmingham earlier this month and is set to be one of the most impressive additions to Birmingham's food and drink scene
Laghi’s Italian Deli which sells produce sourced from Italy, also houses a 40 cover restaurant, bar serving up freshly baked bread, wines as well as brunch, lunch and dinner - cooked by head chef Maria Lagalante from Bari, Southern Italy.
The new venue is part of a row new shops off Islington Row at Five Ways Island created by Calthorpe Estate.
The lunch menu includes handmade focaccia with parma ham and tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce.
On the evening dinner menu for starters choose from a selection of Italian charcuterie with traditional fried bread as well as fried prawns with squid ink on courgette sauce and clams. The main course include Mezze maniche pasta with Italian pancetta, eggs and Parmesan cheese, Maria’s Ravioli filled with Burrata cheese and mussels soup as well as lamb chops with truffle leaks.
Laghi’s Deli also does a wide selection of pizzas with some unusual toppings such as blue cheese nuts and speck as well as sausage and potatoes.
And the new Italian eatery also does aperitivo! This is the time Italians meet after work to relax over a glass of wine or cocktail and finger foods. For the price of a cocktail or wine Brummies can also enjoy free freshly baked focaccia, olives, charcuterie or cheese.
Birmingham foodie @alemary tweeted: There's a fit new #Italian deli in #Edgbaston serving freshly baked bread, wines, Italian tapas AND it's full of beautiful Italians AND it serves freshly made #donuts daily at 8am "
@geri_baby tweeted: "If you're in Brum go to Laghi's deli on Islington Row. Amazing real Italian food and coffee."
The new eatery is the brain child of hospital consultant Dr Luca Laghi.
The 38-year-old, who moved to Birmingham from his home city of Bologna to further his medical career is running the venue – with the help of his mother, brother, sister and nephew.
Mr Laghi told The Birmingham Mail: “It has always been a dream of mine to open my own restaurant in Birmingham. I noticed there was a real lack of authentic Italian restaurants serving freshly prepared dishes, so I started looking for sites a couple of years ago.”
Mr Laghi was previously hoping to open at the former Love’s restaurant in Brindleyplace, which is now occupied by Canal Square Indian restaurant.
“ I decided the Loves site wasn’t suitable and continued looking for somewhere. It’s been really hard as an independent, most landlords want a chain restaurant to move in. Then I heard about the Calthorpe Estate development and knew it was perfect.
“We’re getting a lot of lunchtime trade from the businesses around here.
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"I was quite surprised people coming back every day for our £8.99 lunch deal its not cheap but people want good quality food. Our head chef Maria uses only fresh ingredients from Italy.
"Our donuts are very popular as well as our bread. Our pastry chef starts baking at 5am in the morning. People appreciate everything is fresh.
"We also do aperitivo -most places in Italy offer it and I wanted to bring it to Birmingham. The Italians who come here tell us there is nowhere else they can enjoy aperitivo in the city
"From 5-7pm you can buy a cocktail during 5-7pm you can eat as much free tapas as you want. ”
Laghi’s is open 8am to 11.30pm Monday to Saturdays.
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