The Shambles is not only home to Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, it is also home to the unique artisan bakery “Via Vecchia” that certainly belongs to one of York’s culinary hidden gems.
Owner Alistair Lawton, a chef starting his career in the Queen Elisabeth II conference centre in London, launched his business in York in 1992. Via Vecchia, which translates into “Old Road”, was originally a general delicatessen until self-taught baker Alistair specialised in bread.
We are very proud to announce that his bakery has now been awarded to be one of the country’s best Italian delis. A national poll ranks Via Vecchia on third place in the “best produce” category, honouring our city for its independent businesses. The tiny Italian bakery moreover represents the only business in the whole Yorkshire region to have received this 2013 “Bertolli Spread Olive D’Oro Award”.
Gennaro Contaldo, ambassador of the award, said: “The winning delis and runners up share Bertolli’s values of quality and authenticity, giving customers a truly Italian experience you don’t get anywhere other than the streets of Italy itself.”
Alistair supplies local restaurants with his bread and sells it to the public – bread-lovers must be quick though as the shop closes as soon as all bread is sold out which usually occurs around lunchtime.
Alistair has already been awarded the “best baker in York” and we are looking forward to hearing about what award he may be up for next!