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The founder of Italian cafe and eatery Spelzini is set to open a new Mediterranean-inspired bar in London’s East End.
Jane Imrie

Spelzini founder to honour Italian heritage with new Shoreditch bar

The founder of Italian cafe and eatery Spelzini is set to open a new Mediterranean-inspired bar in London’s East End.

Named after owner Jim Fisher’s Italian great-grandfather, Luigi’s will open next month i the heart of Shoreditch.

Occupying a unit at 154-158 Shoreditch High Street, venue will aim to replicate the European ‘food and drink culture’ and features a brickwork-backed bar, low-slung leather sofas at elongated marble tables, and pale oak dining chairs.

Drawing inspiration from the Liguria region in Northern Italy, the bar will focus on offering spuntini, antipasti, and trammezzini, alongside contemporary aperitivi and wines made with native Italian grapes.

Luigi’s owner and Spelzini founder Jim Fisher commented: “The inspiration for Luigi’s goes back three generations to my great grandfather Luigi, a fishmonger and grocer from Liguria who came to London, bringing with him the eating culture of the coastal towns of northern Italy.

“I love the generous food and drink culture in European cities, from the delis of Italy and wine bars of Spain to the tabacs of Southern France, and so can’t wait to bring this to Shoreditch.”

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