Carluccio's Caffè

Restaurants, Italian South Kensington
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Venue name: Carluccio's Caffè
Address: 1 Old Brompton Road
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I honestly had forgotten about Carluccios in a world where trying things for the first time and before anyone else! seems to be the thing and where chains seemed to have had their day. However, we stumbled across one while starving and with rain whipping at our faces, the lights from within (and the thought of pasta) drew us in. Remembering the great chef himself who passed away recently made me newly appreciate this truly special and welcoming businesss he dedicated his life to and how it brings people together to celebrate flavours. I went with the waitresses recommendation as there has been so much change on the menu since my last visit and I was not disappointed. We ate and drank and chatted in the bustling atmosphere of laughter and clinking glasses and cutlery and felt relaxed and happy. So Thanks Carluccio and may many more discover and rediscover one of your legacies!


Carluccio's in South Kensington is in a great location, perfect for any pre-show dinner prior going to the Royal Albert Hall. The food is tasty and interesting unlike some other Italian/ Italian themed chains. My Chicken Saltimbocca with Parma ham, mushrooms and rosemary potatoes was delicious as was the other half’s Seafood Linguine.  The simple side dish of spinach was perfectly cooked. The service was friendly, and despite it being very busy, the dishes came out promptly.


Carluccio’s is one of the better Italian chains on the high street, the founder proving he knows a thing or two about traditional Italian cooking with the recent spaghetti bolognese revelation (i.e. Brits are doing it wrong). This particular branch is perfect for dining after a wander around the Museum Quarter, or ‘Albertopolis’, and is ideally located directly opposite South Kensington tube station, so not far to carry your content little food baby. The set menu is great value for money; two courses for £14.99 or three for £16.99. The varied choices include calamari, bruschetta, tagliatelle, ragu, carbonara and tiramisu, and each dish is generously portioned, authentically Italian and downright delicious. 


It was a chilly, wet night last Saturday...on our way home from viewing the activities for the 350th anniversary of the fire of London. We stopped about 10 and just wanted a hot drink. We were greeted pleasantly, waited on quickly. Most of all had a proper Italian hot chocolate. My spoon stood strong.