Caffè Caldesi


There are three strands to Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi’s London operation: an informal bar-caffè on the ground floor, a smarter restaurant upstairs, and a cookery school in the mews round the back – and that’s without the cooking holidays in Giancarlo’s native Tuscany. Downstairs is the most lively: a warmly lit space filled with the clatter of cutlery. Antipasti platters, pasta dishes and a limited selection of meat main courses are served here. Several of these plates recur on the menu of the starched, professionally staffed first-floor restaurant, which attracts an older, more buttoned-up class of customer. The kitchen’s output is pretty hard to fault, especially when it turns out confident dishes like raw sea bass, with a brininess tempered by refreshing orange and fennel slivers. More muscular flavours are just as well-executed, such as a rich calf’s liver with the yielding texture of butter, draped languidly over a mound of spinach. Pasta dishes bear the melt-in-the-mouth, home-style hallmark, so they can shine without much more adornment than a smattering of fresh fungi and cherry tomatoes. Capital dining then, even if the atmosphere is a little restrained upstairs.

Venue name: Caffè Caldesi
Address: 118 Marylebone Lane
Opening hours: Bar Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat. Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10.30pm Sat. Main courses £9-£16. Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Bond Street tube
Price: Main courses £11.50-£21.

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I just wrote a review and did not mark the rating correctly. It definitely deserves 5 stars. I rarely write reviews, but five stars is a given for this restaurant. The daily special was especially good -homemade pasta with a light red sauce mixed with roasted vegetables along with a good Italian wine. We also tried the sea bass appetizer (ceviche style) that was superb. Luca suggested a dessert wine from Tuscany, whose name escapes me, but accompanied with their deilicious biscotti, made for a sweet ending to a wonderful meal.


This was the worst italian food I've ever had, such poor quality food and over priced! such a rip-off... around 80 pounds per person. Do Not Recommend it at all!!!