Caffè Caldesi

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Marylebone

There's a fair bit of flexibility at Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi's Marylebone Italian - a ground floor bar-cum-café keeps things informal, and a first floor restaurant offers a la carte options for those after something a little smarter. There's also a cookery school in the mews round the back, and they even organise cooking holidays in Giancarlo’s native Tuscany, should you fancy a jaunt.

The ground floor venue concentrates on accessible Italian dishes - think caprese salads, bresaola, fritto misto, spaghetti alla puttanesca and veal Milanese. They're served alongside Campari cocktails, bellinis, negronis and a house chilli vodkatini - made with homemade chilli vodka and extra dry Martini. Sunday brunches here prove popular.

The upstairs dining room is a little more ambitious, with dishes ranging from North Atlantic scallops with textures of Jerusalem artichoke to tuna tartare with trevigiano, fennel and pomegranate salad, braised lamb shank alla Romana and a black ink taglioni with busara prawns, chilli, garlic and tomato. A short selection of champagnes are the only concession on an otherwise all-Italian wine list divided by region. 

Venue name: Caffè Caldesi
Address: 118 Marylebone Lane
London
W1U 2QF
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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Regina

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.

Ben

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!!!