Saturday, 8 July 2017

Review of Carluccio's Summer Menu Solihull

Carluccio's restaurant is the brainchild of the much loved Italian food chef, Antonio Carluccio. Better known as one half of the Two Greedy Italians, he also owns a number of Italian restaurants which are in many cities throughout the country. One of the latest addition to the Carluccio's restaurant family is a recent opening in Solihull, West Midlands. Perfectly located on Solihull high street, the restaurant offers a modern and sophisticated dining experience, with outdoor seating which is perfect for al fresco dining. What I really liked about this restaurant, is that there is an in-house shop selling a range of Italian delights. There is also an open plan kitchen where you can see chefs prepare your meals alongside a delicatessen whereby you can purchase olives, cure meats and even a slice of cake.

I attended with my cousin and our waitress was very friendly and attentive. We started with non-alcoholic cocktails, as we were driving with a fruity minty summer drink.


For our starters, I wanted to challenge myself and order something I would not normally try. I ordered the Prawns Marinara  (£6.75)- marinated prawns sautéed with white wine, baby plum tomatoes, chilli and fennel seeds in a tomato & basil sauce. This was served with grilled ciabatta. I found the prawns to be seasoned well, the tomato sauce was thick which was perfect for dunking the ciabatta bread in.

My cousin ordered the Crab Macaroni (£6.95) , white crab meat in a rich cheese sauce topped with garlic breadcrumbs. I sampled a portion of the crab macaroni, I found the the starter to be very hearty and rich.

For the main courses I chose the Lamb Alla Griglia (£15.95) - marinated tender lamb chops chargrilled and drizzled with mint pesto, served with couscous and mixed leaves. I normally order a pasta dish or chicken dish at Italian restaurants but as the Lamb Alla Griglia is a new dish on the Summer menu, I thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised that I received 3 lamb chops - they weren't too big, they were the perfect size and slathered with mint pesto.


My cousin was going for another pasta dish for her main and ordered the Festoni with Smoked Salmon & Vodka £12.50 - pasta tossed in tomato, vodka and cream sauce finished with smoked salmon and basic. My cousin described the festoon with smoked salmon to be very generous in it's portion size, well seasoned and had enough smoked salmon pieces. My cousin shared that she couldn't really taste the vodka in the pasta. 

My cousin and I ordered a side dish each: Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potatoes £3.50 and  Garlic Foccacia £3.95, both were superb.


The dessert menu had my taste buds jumping for joy, I was really spoilt for choice with the range of Italian delights which included: Panna Cota and Affogtoa. I chose the Italian classic Tiramisu £5.75 and Chocolate & Rum Fudge Cake £5.50. The Tiramisu was strong, but good; strongly flavoured with coffee liqueur, chocolate and biscuits. I would go so far to say, the tiramisu was my favourite course of the meal (I have a sweet tooth so I am slightly biased). I also was able to taste the Chocolate Rum Fudge Cake  £5.50 which I can describe as heaven on a plate: rich, gooey and chocolicious.





Our lovely waiter offered us a shot of limoncello. but we had to decline due to us driving back.
I think the new Summer menu is a great way of trying authentic, fresh Italian dishes and would recommend a visit to Carluccio's to sample these delights.

Many thanks to Carluccios for inviting me to review their new Summer menu.
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