La Spezia – a little piece of Italy in a corner of South Croydon


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Buon Natale from La Spezia

photo 2South Croydon’s own slice of Italy is stocking a range of panettone, chocolates and Christmas goodies for the festive season.

Please make your way down to Selsdon Road to get your hands on these essential sweet seasonal treats, with prices starting from as little as £1.99.

Giorgio’s gorgeous Italian panettone are available in a range of sizes, chocolate to classic, from lemon to pistachio, and many more – ideal to help stock your holiday season larder, or for gifts for family and friends.

photoLa Spezia’s regular range of cold meats, olives and salads are still available of course.

And the shop is open for lunch, 11.30am to 3pm every day (check for special opening times over the Christmas period)

  • If you’re looking for a plate of delicious hot pasta for lunch
  • If you want buffet platters for a function at the office
  • If you’re looking for choice cold cuts for a family party
  • If you need specialist ingredients for some home cooking
  • Or if you just want to come in, sit down, read the paper and enjoy some real Italian coffee

then the charming La Spezia delicatessen in South Croydon is the place for you, offering a wide range of speciality foods and seasonal products.

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Giorgio Rafaelli has stocked the finest Italian olives, cooking oils, meats, cheeses, sauces, homemade tortillas and arancinis and coffees for more than 10 years.

La Spezia 4La Spezia is  just a short walk from South Croydon railway station at 12 Ye Market, on the corner of Selsdon Road and St Peter’s Road.

La Spezia is open long hours and is conveniently placed, whether you are picking up a coffee for the journey to work, or to buy some bread and shopping on your way home.

Some car parking is available nearby.

La Spezia is so well-known for the quality of its food, when the shop had a break-in, the thieves stole the store’s specialist olives.

Giorgio Rafaelli's La Spezia is open long hours and has always helpful staff on hand to help

Giorgio Rafaelli’s La Spezia is open long hours and has always helpful staff on hand to help

Giorgio’s La Spezia is established as a popular and friendly, bustling hub of the South End community, with cheerful, hard-working and always helpful staff.

Open seven days a week:

Mon-Fri 7am to 7pm; Sat 7am to 6pm; Sun 8am to 4pm

12 Ye Market, Selsdon Road. Tel: 020 8688 4519


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2 Responses to La Spezia – a little piece of Italy in a corner of South Croydon

  1. I’m so pleased that this specialist shop continues to thrive, When it first opened, I was worried that it was too niche and not accessible enough (by car) to succeed. But ten years in business is testament to providing a good service that people obviously want. Forza La Spezia!

  2. Let us also not forget the really important role that Georgio Raffaelli plays in watching out for many vulnerable members of the community; and also encouraging young people to engage with the community and feel welcomed. He is a vital part of life in South End.

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