Carluccio's Caffè

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Canary Wharf
The warmth and clatter, the smell of coffee and baked goods and the shelves of aspirational deli items bring la Repubblica Italiana to the hard lines of Docklands. That’s probably why the suited and booted office folk gallop here for lunchtime pasta and salad. The waiting staff are the apotheosis of Italian expansiveness, with lots of ciao bella! for the ladies and extra twinkle and charm for the babies. The food is as appealing as the welcome. From the first order of the savoury bread selection with its little pool of fruity olive oil, to the superb cioccolato fondente flavoured with coffee liqueur, a hearty meal is assured. Between those, dishes of sea bass fillets with sautéed potatoes and tomato salsa, penne with courgettes and fried spinach balls, and a huge, businesslike salad of roasted vegetables, pesto, olives and mozzarella made a flavour-filled lunch to linger over, helped along by a bottle of fruity Sicilian fiano from the inexpensive wine list.
Venue name: Carluccio's Caffè
Contact:
Address: Reuters Plaza
London
E14 5AJ
Opening hours: Meals served 7am-11.30pm Mon-Fri; 9am-11.30pm Sat; 10am-10.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Canary Wharf tube/DLR
Price: Main courses £6.95-£13.95.

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Laura G
Tastemaker

Carluccio’s has found a very good place in the market, selling uncomplicated italian food both in its resraurants and to take home. While everything looks good as you enter the store through its glooming deli, don’t expect the best of italian at you table. The food is pretty avarage, with a highlight to the chicken liver patê starter. Might be a good choice for a busy I-don’t-wanna-think-about-lunch day, or to pick up nice italian ingredients to take home.

Keith

Went there for my sister-in-laws birthday. Great authentic look, and complimentary shots at the end was a lovely gesture. The Bruschetta wasn't a great starter, but my main, agnello al porto (rack of lamb in port wine sauce) was lovely! recommend the visit if not just for the lively, friendly atmosphere.