Carluccio's West Smithfield

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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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Carluccio's West Smithfield

12 West Smithfield ,London EC1A 9JR

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by   platinum reviewer (97)

Jun 2014

Much of our eating out in London is in places with a higher culinary reputation – and a higher price tag. But we think this is maybe the best of the “chains” and sometimes we ( and our wallets) need a bit of a change in pace. We have a way of managing these places- get there early to avoid the crowds, and stick to the starters and pastas which they do decently well, avoiding the more ambitious -and more expensive – mains that have tended to disappoint whenever we've tried them. If we want to eat...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 6

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