A couple of weeks before Christmas, we were invited to review Carluccio’s in Brindleyplace, Birmingham as it has recently been refurbished. I had been to Carluccio’s a couple of times before in different places and although we have always had good meals there, I was a bit sceptical as to how child friendly the restaurants are. There was only one way to find out and a family trip on a Saturday lunchtime with Stuart, my dad Mick, Thomas, Daniel and I was planned. We arrived very hungry and eager for our meal at 12.30pm and were promptly seated at our table and offered olives and breads to nibble on.
We all opted for the festive menu which was £19.99 for three courses. For starters, Stuart and I had the ANTIPASTI DELLA CASA which was a selection of their favourite items from the deli including Ventricina salami, buffalo mozzarella, chilled spicy sautéed mushrooms and caponata. My dad had TRIO DI CROSTINI which was crostini topped with chicken liver pâté. Thomas and Daniel had a generous portion of bread sticks each from the children’s menu. We all enjoyed our starters. The different textures and tastes of the antipasti made it a very exciting dish and it really got the tastebuds looking forward to more.
While we were waiting for our mains, the restaurant started getting very busy but it did not bother the staff at all. They were constantly moving and making sure that everyone was enjoying their meals so far. Our waiter come over to us and said that the restaurant had run out of rosemary & garlic roast potatoes which was the side for all of our main courses. This was a bit disappointing as potatoes are not really a difficult thing to get a hold of and are a key ingredient for any restaurant, let alone a big name chain restaurant like the one we were in. We each decided on another side for our mains. My dad and I had broccolini with our SALTIMBOCCA DI POLLO AL VIN SANTO and Stuart had spinach with his TRUFFLE BUTTER RIBEYE STEAK. The boys had Cheese & Tomato Pizza from their menu as the restaurant in Brindleyplace in one of a few Carluccio’s to have a wood fired pizza oven. Stuart said that his steak was one of the best he ever had and my dad and I both found our chicken to be moist, tender and full of flavour. Thomas and Daniel both enjoyed their pizzas and they ideally sized for their appetites. To go with our mains, we ordered the Carluccio’s Salad which was lovely and a nice contrast to our rich mains.
Despite the fact we were beginning to feel full, we could not turn down a chance to try their desserts. I went for a Carluccio’s classic with their award winning PANETTONE (pictured at top of the post) which came with a drizzle of Vin Santo syrup and vanilla ice cream. Stuart and the boys both went with Dolci (ice cream/sorbet.)
Overall, we were very impressed by the service and the food that we got at Carluccio’s. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and we all had a great time. It was very child friendly and it is definitely a place I will visit again with or without the boys. We did have the festive menu while we were there, however most of the dishes we tried are on the normal menu in most branches I believe. I made a little video of our trip into Birmingham and our visit to Carluccio’s and it is below. I hope you like it!
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We were invited to review Carluccio’s as a family. The meal was complimentary. All opinions are our own. We were not required to give a positive review. The manager of the restaurant knew we were reviewing but the waiting staff did not.