Restaurant Review: Carluccio’s, NW8

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.

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.


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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.

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