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It’s part of a bigger empire including a cookery school and a restaurant in Bray, but Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi’s solid corner spot retains a “family-run feel”, something that readers value. There’s an easy-going air about the ground-floor bar and coveted pavement tables, where you can eat properly or sip fashionably bitter cocktails as you please. Upstairs in the restaurant, a neat carte includes unusual ideas such as a polenta soufflé with asparagus alongside simply roasted fish and homemade pasta – try fettuccine with Italian sausage and fennel seeds. Pudding might be the famous house tiramisu, now served (inexplicably) in a jar. On Sundays there’s Italian brunch, and while Caffè Caldesi might not be the obvious place for spending big money on wine, there’s enough to keep Italophiles interested. “Good for business lunches” too.

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  1. There are so many Italian restaurants in Marylebone, or London for that matter so choosing where to eat can be a complete hit or miss, more often than not I end up regretting spending my hard earned cash on mediocre Italians. So with Caffe Caldesi just around the corner from my work I decided it was time to give it a go. Every time I walk past it’s completely jam packed, so they must be doing something right...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 8 January 2014

    The Food Judge :: Caffé Caldesi

    I’ve been going to Caffé Caldesi for years. My office used to be around the corner and it was one of my regular haunts, for somewhere reliable and mid-priced. I’d always choose the downstairs, where two courses at £14.50 and three at £17.95 is good value, especially in this part of W1.

    Downstairs, my more regular haunt is more casual. I once spotted Bill Nighy there. I found it quite distracting.

    Upstairs, where we were on this occasion, is a little more formal and in the evening, slightly more sedate...
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