Search

Restaurant Review: Carluccio’s, NW8

13:31 16 July 2012

Carluccio

Carluccio's is bright and airy

Archant

Since opening a small Covent Garden cafe in 1991, Carluccio’s has become a sprawling chain with branches all over the country, recipe books, merchandise and more.

Restaurant info:

Carluccio’s

60 St John’s Wood High Street

NW8 7SH

Tube: St John’s Wood

Tel: 020 7449 0404

Web: www.carluccios.com

Mains: from £7.95

Wine: from £13.95

Disabled access: Yes

Children welcome: Yes

But a trip to the restaurant in St John’s Wood gives the impression they haven’t forgotten how to do the basics well.

It’s a big, bright, airy place with lots of natural light, half of which was taken up with the delicatessen selling cheese, meat and other Italian goodies.

The staff are very welcoming – the manager came over to say hello and once we told the waiter we were in a rush he overcame his relaxed Italian instincts and put on the rush for us.

And the food? A cut above quite a few independent Italian places I’ve been to. Our starter of grilled peppers with melted mozzarella and cured ham was as delicious as it sounds, rich and satisfying.

The fillet of sea bass was a light oceanic treat with a tangy tomato salsa and the rib-eye came with a red pepper sauce that was a chargrilled indulgnce.

Carluccio’s is well worth a look and, with plenty of them dotted around London, finding one won’t be a problem.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Entertainment Stories

Thu, 17:07
Steven Gallagher, Penny Woolcock and Gideon Berger at the Roundhouse. Picture: Helen Maybanks

Artist Penny Woolcock tells Anna Behrmann how she’s breaking down barriers for the Roundhouse’s latest project

Friday, July 24, 2015
Gracia Kayindo & Serafina Willow-Edwards

Anna Behrmann catches up with Brainstorm’s writers and actors to see why the play is making parents cry

Friday, July 24, 2015
The Gathered Leaves by
Andrew Keatley at The Park Theatre
Directed by Antony Eden
Cast
Jane Asher | Olivia Pennington 
Georgina Beedle | Emily Pennington 
Clive Francis | William Pennington Alexander Hanson | Giles Pennington 
Tom Hanson | Simon Pennington 
Amber James | Aurelia Ndjeya 
Nick Sampson | Samuel Pennington 
Katie Scarfe | Alice Pennington 
Anna Wilson-Jones | Sophie Pennington Hamish Brewster | Young Giles Pennington Oliver Buckner | Young Samuel Pennington

Marianka Swain finds the piece compassionate but too conventional

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Tete a Tete opera festival in King's Cross

This King’s Cross new opera festival is hit and miss, but well worth a visit, says Michael White.

Most read entertainment

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder