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A few weeks ago I was invited to a lovely dinner with the incredibly charming and very Italian, Antonio Carluccio, for the launch of the restaurant’s new Autumn/Winter menu. To celebrate hearty Italian cuisine, Antonio revealed a range of exclusive new signature dishes using Antonio’s philosophy of creating food with a minimum of fuss, but a maximum of flavour.
The dishes we sampled, included Antonio’s Signature Caponata, a traditional Sicilian aubergine sweet and sour stew – delicious – as well at a mushroom dish and the new Funghi Fritti, mushrooms, lightly breaded and fried, ideal for anyone who’s a fan of mushroom. All three were perfect for sharing with friends and are now available at the restaurant for £10 for all three.
We then went on to try Antonio’s Prawns Marinara, which were beautifully marinated in a sauce of olive oil, white wine, cherry tomatoes and fennel seeds, served with toasted focaccia bread for dipping.
This was followed with a main course of Fettucce Con Polpette, fettucce pasta with tender beef meatballs in a tomato sauce – and believe it or not, it’s got a nice kick of spice to it, which makes it different to the ones you normally taste. There were two other dishes worth trying, including his Lamb Rosmarino, tender lamb cutlets in a rosemary breadcrumb crust served with black kale, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers and olives and the tasty Penne Giardiniera, a delectable pasta dish containing pugliese penne with courgette, chilli and fried spinach balls with Italian cheese and garlic. Carluccio’s will also donate 50p to Action Against Hunger for every Penne Giardiniera sold.
During the evening, Antonio Carluccio commented: “Our menus feature the best Italy has to offer, with handpicked, artisanal ingredients. The new autumn/winter menu includes my new Signature dishes – flavour-filled twists on hearty classics capturing the season’s best flavours.”
The evening was really lovely and took place at its flagship restaurant in Covent Garden. With Christmas fast approaching, there more than enough opportunities to go and meet some friends for a delicious dinner, so if you fancy Italian, Carluccio’s is the one. Oh and it also helps that it’s led by Antonio, who was incredibly charming throughout the whole evening, telling us of his journeys and experiences and of course creating food. He also highlighted that every one of his staff members is passionate and that’s why you can expect amazing service to go with it!