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 is the only concession on an otherwise all-Italian wine list divided by region.
|Venue name:||Caffè Caldesi|
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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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
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- 4 star:1
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Great venue for lunch or dinner. The upstairs restaurant is a is a secret haunt of mine... who0ps not any more!
They are just passionate about what they do . This shows in the bar the restaurant and their fantastic cookery school.
Truly authentic Italian dining. Not cheap (nothing is in Marylebone( but worth the real experience and the quality of both the food and wine.
Authentic Italian food served by people who know what they are talking about and lovingly created. The place has a lovely atmosphere and we have enjoyed it many times
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!!!
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