Firstly the concept . . . cicchetti are small snacks or side dishes typically served in Italian (and specifically Venetian) bars. So . . . a bit like Italian tapas . . . in Ludlow. Opened in 2013 on Broad Street by Martyn and Jayne Emson, Ludlow Cichetti is a crossover between a coffee bar, a delicatessen and a small restaurant; you can get some very good parma ham while you are ordering your takeaway coffee, or you can stop by for a small plate of cheese and cured meats with a glass of wine.
Martyn and Jayne are rightly proud of the authenticity of their offering; much of the produce arrives on a pallet direct from Italy every week or so and can include top quality fennel salami, burrata (like a softer, creamier mozzarella and difficult to find in the UK) and it has the feeling of an Italian bar as well; slighty snug, crammed with bottles of fortified drinks that you don’t recognise (though sadly I couldn’t see Cynar amongst them – an Italian drink based on artichokes) and a glossy steel coffee machine burring away centre stage.
Martyn has food provenance of his own; he’s worked in kitchens since he was 14, grew up and trained locally before working in restaurants in London and then in Switzerland. He and Jayne returned to the Ludlow area in 2000, taking on The Jolly Frog outside Leintwardine before their burgeoning Ludlow Traditional Smokehouse venture required more time than they could give both projects. Some of their Smokehouse products also make their way to Ludlow Cicchetti; amongst them smoked mussels and hand cut smoked salmon, and might also be found in their in house stuffed pasta. As well as the option to eat in you can also order Deli boxes or picnic options to take away. On Friday evenings the bar is open late for Friday night Aperitivo when small samples of the products are laid out on the bar top and the atmosphere is all end-of-week relaxed.
10 Broad Street
Monday – Saturday 8.30 – 5.30
Friday evening – 8.30