Carluccio's Upper Street

305-307 Upper Street , London, N1 2TU

SquareMeal Review of Carluccio's Upper Street

Carluccio’s signature blue & white awnings have been brightening up high streets (& boosting house prices) since 1999. These classy-looking caffè/delis are places to use rather than adore, whether for a mid-shopping pit stop or for an impromptu lunch with pals or family. Open all day, they’re a good shout for a pick-me-up espresso or Prosecco (depending how the day’s going). The mid-priced food is ‘reasonably good’ rather than stupendously so, but the chattering classes still pile in for their fix of Puglian olives, wild boar ragù, pasta alla puttanesca & osso bucco milanese. ‘Stick to the simpler stuff’, advises one regular. The produce in the shop is rather more drool-worthy: ‘I would refuse to leave without making a purchase from the deli’, insists one fan. Wise words.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Essex Road Station 499m

Highbury & Islington Station 720m

Address

Address: 305-307 Upper Street , London N1 2TU

Area: Islington Barnsbury

Opening times

Mon-Fri 8am-11pm Sat-Sun 9am-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Little Angel Theatre 63m

Almeida Theatre 76m

Details

Telephone: 020 7359 8167

Website:

Cuisine: Italian

4.0

Food & Drink: 5.5

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.5

Value: 4.5

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

FeignedMischief bronze reviewer 14 March 2009

It was a choice whether to go to Osteria Basilico in Notting Hill or Carluccio’s in nearby Islington, but not having booked our reservations with the former, we were left with the latter. My sister Shi have not tried Carluccio’s in all the times she visited London so this is really more like her treat. For starters, we ordered their antipasto massimo which is a large mixed antipasto for two – focaccia, Napoli and Milano salami, roast ham, stuffed chicken, fresh green bean and mint salad, caponata, oven roasted tomatoes, marinated peppers and olives (£9.95). I wish I had taken a photograph to show you how it couldnt possibly be good for two but it did taste quite good. For our main course Shi ordered Branzino con salsa e patate – fillet of seabass panfried with a tomato salsa and sauteed potatoes (£11.75) and I opted for the Fegato Veneziana – panfried strips of calves liver and balsamic onions with rosemary potatoes (£10.95) which I must admit despite a not so generous portion tasted good on the palate. Four our dolci (afters) Shi had a ciocolatto fondente – warm chocolate and kahlua pudding and vanilla ice cream (£4.75) and a cafe latte (£1.95) whilst I had affogato – vanilla ice cream served in a tall glass with a strong espresso to pour on top (£3.95) . This was a much better experience than I had at their Canary Wharf caffé. Meal for two with Peroni Nastro Azzurro was £49.50 plus 10% gratuities.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 0.0

Robert W. 12 October 2008

The worst service I have ever come accross in London, and possibly anywhere west of Kiev. A restaurant this badly managed deserves to be punished. Avoid like the plague!