Review: Di Mambro Delicatessen, 176 Quarry St, Hamilton ML3 6QR

Di Mambro deli delicatessen Hamilton
Di Mambros Deli - Cannoli selection
Di Mambros Deli – Cannoli selection

Di Mambro delicatessen is a family-run deli located on Quarry Street, Hamilton, less than 5 mins walk from Hamilton Central railway station.

Compact in size there is a bar and a couple of stools for sitting inside & there are chairs outside on a good day, so it’s more a takeaway than sit-in deli.

Di Mambros Deli - Sfogliatelle
Di Mambros Deli – Italian sweet treats

They stock the usual snacks & sandwich fillings but have the added bonus of a pasta bar with home-made pasta sauce, Italian sausage, meatballs and a shelf of cannoli (including flavours such as pistachio) and other Italian pastries (like these Sfogliatelle-type treats opposite).

Di Mambro deli delicatessen Hamilton
Pasta ready to be picked up for tonight’s dinner

The ready-to-microwave pasta bar portions are, as you would expect, Italian! You certainly won’t be hungry here! But we were most intrigued by the unusually-shaped (and mostly tiny) dried pasta selection  & the home-made Di Mambro’s pasta sauce which is now available in Roots, Fruits & Flowers at Kelvinbridge on Great Western Road.

Di Mambros Deli - pancetta pasta sauce & Molisana pasta
Di Mambros Deli – pancetta pasta sauce & Molisana pasta

For our dinner we took a pancetta pasta sauce, some meatballs, Italian sausage and Molisana Orecchiette Pugliesi pasta (disc shaped pasta that we’d never tried before). They also sell chicken Milanese, which we understand they are having a hard time trying to sell to local school children in place of Pot Noodles!

Di Mambros Deli - our pasta dinner!
Di Mambros Deli – our pasta dinner!

Made the usual way, our dinner was so simple that a student could have made it! But this wasn’t made with a bland pasta sauce that had been sitting on a supermarket shelf for months but rather a fresh & delicious sauce with chunks of real pancetta and the disc pasta was a bit different.

Di Mambro deli delicatessen Hamilton
Inside meatball texture

The meatballs were really tasty, meaty and not fatty at all. The Italian sausage was fatty but it was flavoursome fat – so again very tasty and meaty.

They also stock Italian wine & liqueur, huge panettone and other Italian goodies. We found a Christmas present for someone in the shop too!

Di Mambros Deli - piccante pasta sauce
Di Mambros Deli – piccante pasta sauce

We also lifted a piccante sauce for Father Foodie, a former chef and he was pleased with the results – he made linguine topped with prawns that had been marinaded in lime juice, mace (a historic nod to potted shrimps) and garlic, parsley & olive oil, fried in butter and spooned over the pasta & sauce. Recipe below.

Di Mambros Deli - interior
Di Mambros Deli – interior

Di Mambros Deli
176 Quarry Street
Hamilton, Lanarkshire ML3 6QR
01698 282302


Piccante Prawn Pasta

Father Foodie (in the manner of Nigel Slater): To my mind, pasta and prawns are a perfect pairing. My usual approach to is to use a plain tomato sauce with pasta as a base, then top it with chilli and garlic prawns. But on this occasion I decided to let Di Mambro’s sauce provide a spicy base for the prawns. The result was very tasty… and Di Mambro’s picante sauce has quite a kick.
If you are using plain tomato sauce add a chopped chilli, or 1/2 teaspoon of Kashmiri chilli, powder to the marinade.
The mace is not a vital ingredient but rather a gentle nod to the flavour of potted shrimps.

Di Mambros Deli - Piccante prawn pasta
Di Mambros Deli – Piccante prawn pasta

Ingredients (for 2 people):
1 tub of De Mambros picante pasta sauce
120 grams of linguini
1 pack raw king prawns (about a dozen)
1/4 teaspoon mace
1-2 crushed cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons of lime juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
Knob of butter
Tablespoon of chopped parsley

Di Mambros Deli - Piccante prawn pasta
Di Mambros Deli – Piccante prawn pasta

Mix the prawns, mace, garlic, lime juice, olive oil and parsley in a bowl and leave to marinade while you cook the pasta.
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. When it is just cooked. Drain and return to the pot. Add enough De Mambros picante sauce to coat the pasta well. Put the lid on the pan and leave aside on a gentle heat.
Melt the butter in a separate pan. Add the prawn mixture and cook on a high heat till the prawns are pink. That will only take a couple of minutes.

To serve
Put the pasta mixture into bowls and top with prawns.

Di Mambro




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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1 Comment

  1. carol daly

    I love to sleep and cuddle cats too. Thanks for the info on where to source orecchiette, I tried it for the first time on Saturday in the Angels’ with Bagpipes restaurant in Edinburgh, it was delicious.

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