While spending the day in Chester I decided that I would pop into Carluccio’s for some lunch. This is a place that my parents visit whenever they come to Chester and they had only ever said good things about it. So after a morning walking around the shops I decided to head in and give it a try.
As soon as you walk in there is a shop inside the restaurant where
you can buy some goods to take away, such as pastries, cakes and pasta. What is not clear is whether to wait to be seated or go ahead and find your own table. After a few seconds of wondering what to do a waiter came up and asked us how many the table was for. I think they should just have a sign at the front saying “please wait here to be seated” as I noticed a few other couples coming in and wondering whether to just sit down or hang around. If you hang around you are pretty much stood in the way of everyone else.
We were seated and had a look through the menu. For starters we ordered some olives in marinade. Olives are one of those foods that are slowly growing on me. I still can’t eat just plain olives with pips in, but ones that are soaked in something are pretty nice. The other small starter we got was Verdura Fritta which is courgette, aubergine and peppers in a crispy batter.
What I realised was how this pasta has not been boiled to death. Whenever I make pasta at home I boil it forever and it takes a slight crunchiness away from it. This was probably one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had.
Emma went for the Lasagne.
I tried a bit of this and I thought it was really nice. When I asked her opinion for this blog she said it was nice….but….. she had a nicer lasagne in Little Frankies! Apparently that was her favourite ever lasagne!
Overall the bill came to about £40. That was for 2 beers, 1 wine, 2 main courses, and 2 small starters. I would definitely visit Carluccios again as I was impressed with everything for a chain restaurant.
You can check out their website at http://www.carluccios.com/ and one thing that really impresses me is that these guys care about their website. It also works really well on the iPhone, unlike a lot of restaurants’ sites.
Have you been to Carluccios before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Date of visit: 8th of November 2013