Caffe Caldesi 22

118 Marylebone Lane , London, W1U 2QF

020 3641 5842

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SquareMeal Review of Caffe Caldesi

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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5.8

Food & Drink: 5.9

Service: 6.2

Atmosphere: 6.2

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

ranbir h. 15 June 2015

my wife and I went here for dinner on Saturday 13 June 2015 and had an excellent experience. we were met by the manager Maurizio as we arrived and made to feel very welcome straight away. the restaurant oozes Italian charm and we were looked after by Maurizio and his team to the highest standard. the service was attentive and polite. Maurizio skillfully guided us through the menu and wine list. the food itself was impeccable. the scallops were excellent, as was the sea bass. we would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves Italian food and wants an authentic Italian experience.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Stella C. 10 February 2014

Good Italian food with a family run feel to the restaurant. Will come again.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Radhika J. bronze reviewer 10 September 2013

I booked this table on behalf of a colleague for a business meeting, the table booked was amazing, and my colleague had mentioned that he was very impressed with it as he has dined there many times and never has been allocated such a nice table. The business talk had taken over after they had ordered, and he had mentioned that there was long pauses. They were impressed with the food, but not the service. He used this to his advantage and made use of the time by talking business and to avoid disappointment. Service needs a little improving, but the food was worthy!

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

NW 05 August 2012

I live in the neighbourhood. We always sit downstairs. The food is average and totally over-priced for what it is. If there was more of an Italian choice in Marylebone I would go elsewhere, but this is the only Italian I can think of (other than Strada). We are always a bit peeved when the bill arrives and we see the charge for average food.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

GH platinum reviewer 25 March 2012

Definitely the worst Italian food I have ever had!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

WSN silver reviewer 10 November 2011

Though we had not booked on a Saturday night, turning into Marylebone Lane and parking up to see which of the restaurants which the this quaint street might suit us, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Caffe Caldesi was able to accommodate us immediately with a table. Though it was pretty full and despite its sufficiently spacious dining areas both upstairs and downstairs, the restaurant is both busy and quiet enough for decent conversation, which is what happened on this evening as we had much to discuss both business and pleasure. There was a basket of bread which we promptly finished together with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, before starting on a starter of grilled vegetables which we shared. For mains we chose lamb chops and steak which were both done medium rare and well. Nothing extraordinary though our taste buds seemed to be sufficiently satiated by the time we came to desserts which we passed on, and instead just ordered fresh mint tea. So, though we did not plan and prebook dinner as such, the end result was that we were pleased with having taken the impromptu plunge on a Saturday evening out in the neighbourhood.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Ben S. 08 July 2011

This was the worst italian food I've ever had, such poor quality, terrible service and definitely over priced – such a rip-off! Do not recommend it at all!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

robert b. platinum reviewer 23 January 2009

Not the first time I have been. We dined upstairs, more formal and not so much fun. It serves Tuscan fare, which is good if you haven't eaten for a while but not so good if, like my lovely wife, you want something that won't lie heavy in your tum. The lighting isn’t good, reading the menu required extra candle light. Spaghetti with crab and cherry tomatoes very good, the antipasti that went before was good although I always feel a bit cheated when Italian spam – the one beginning with “M” – is part of the deal. Mostly Italian wine list, nothing wrong with that, Chianti served in a simple but very elegant decanter. Beautiful smooth espresso that hit the spot immediately. Good for old friends and family.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Noreen C. bronze reviewer 13 January 2009

Caffe Caldesi is actually two restaurants. Upstairs is more formal with linen table cloths and you need to book, downstairs more simple with plain wooden tables ans you can often walk in and get a table. However the food in both is absolutely wonderful. If you want a quiet meal go upstairs but for a more informal and relaxed meal or even just a drink then the ground floor is the place to be. The antipasti platter which is served in both is just to die for, perfect in every way form its presentation on a wooden platter to the sublime mix of parma ham, salami, olives and wonderful home made bread to mop up the olive oil drizzled on top. The caprese salad has the best buffalo mozarella you will ever taste outside of Italy! It is served with roasted tomatoes and basil. Two great starters that never fail to please. The menu changes all the time, but there is always a choice of pasta, risotto and maybe gnocchi all served with great sauces ranging from lamb ragu to a simple tomato sauce. Just when you think you have no more room left you then have a tempting choice of meat and fish dishes. I can't comment on any of the desserts because we have never in all the times we have been to the restaurant managed to get that far! Authentic Italian food, simply and beautifully cooked and served – what could be better?

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