Restaurant Review: Lunch at Carluccios

Carluccio's olives and Focaccia

by Sharon Maher on July 29, 2013

in Food

I first ate at Carluccio’s Italian in London many years ago, it was near Covent Garden and had a super little deli next door. Now Carluccio’s Italian restaurants, cafes and food shops are open in several cities


and shopping malls in the UK, where they serve fabulous breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. They serving quality, freshly cooked food, the focaccia bread is made by hand every day and the food is delicious and it is possible to have a fabulous lunch at a very sensible prices.

Lunch at Carluccios

carluccio's penne

I had a relaxed lunch with my husband at Carluccio's in the Trafford centre, Manchester, which is tucked away around a corner so was not as busy as the other restaurants, so no queuing the day we were there. The menu is very straight forward, with plenty of choice.  We went for a shared starter of Focaccia, which is home-baked Ligurian bread made with extra virgin olive oil, served with balsamic vinegar for dipping, and marinated olives, a mix of green and black pitted olives. For mains we opted for  Pasta Alla Puttanesca, which is penne in a spicy sauce of tomatoes, olives, capers and anchovies, with a twist of black pepper and a scattering of Parmesan cheese.

Carluccio's  Cappuccino Experience

We were too full for a desert but managed a cappuccino to complete the meal.

Norah's Rating:  5 out of 5

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