Today's opening times: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Carluccio’s has opened its doors in Cheltenham. The first to launch in Gloucestershire, the new restaurant, foodshop and deli brings the very best and true flavours of Italy to the Regency spa town, with easy access from both Regent Street and Regent Arcade Shopping Centre.
Serving fresh Italian food and drink all day every day, Carluccio’s Cheltenham provides all the atmosphere of a bustling Milanese café. Whether a business breakfast, light lunch, a quick coffee and pastry pit stop, sharing plates with the girls or a deliciously leisurely dinner, Carluccio’s has it covered with true Italian flair.
From communal tables creating a lively atmosphere to outside tables for those wanting to soak up a bit of sun after a morning shopping in Regent’s Arcade, this Carluccio’s has something for everyone. With minimum fuss and maximum flavour being the bread and butter of Antonio Carluccio’s recipes and seasonal menus, the dishes are classic Italian with a contemporary twist.
Start the day as you mean to go on with a nutritious breakfast filled with the freshest seasonal ingredients; favourites include porridge, sweetened with caramelized apple, seasonal berries and honey. If you’re a late-riser and enjoy a lazy weekend brunch, try the perfect-every-time Eggs Benedict or Carluccio’s Breakfast Magnifica (‘magnificent breakfast’, no less), which includes your choice of free range eggs with smoky pancetta, sausage, sautéed mushrooms and toasted Italian bread served with coffee or tea and a fresh juice – all under £10. Or if you’re dashing to work, pick up a proper Italian coffee, exclusively roasted for Carluccio’s in Italy: choose from two blends, the smooth Milano or the more robust Napoli.
For sharing with family and friends, there are a variety of small plates including Polpette (beef meatballs in tomato sauce) and Caprese Bites (skewers of Buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomatoes drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil), and for friends and families that like to graze in the sunshine there is the magnificent Grandioso, with everything from Milano and Ventricina salami and pancetta wrapped prawns to homemade focaccia and bruschettine. The Trio di Pasta offers a sharing selection of any three of the handmade pastas on the menu for only £22 – choices include the Lobster Spaghetti (lobster tossed in spaghetti with crab, fresh tomato, basil and chilli), Penne Giardiniera (Pugliese penne with courgette, chilli and fried spinach balls with Italian cheese and garlic) and Ravioli (homemade delicate ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta, served in the traditional way with butter and sage).
Other dishes include seasonal soups, fresh salads, fish and meat options, including the Tagliata di Manzo (sliced chargrilled rump steak, served with rocket leaves and shaved Parmesan, rosemary potatoes and tarragon mayonnaise) for two. The set menu is priced at only £10.99 for two courses, which is ideal for students watching the pennies.
To finish, there is an extensive dessert menu that includes Tiramisù ai Frutti Di Bosco (homemade fruity tiramisu of mascarpone cream with light sponge, mixed berries and raspberry coulis), as well as artisanal Italian gelato and refreshing sorbets.
Matching good food with good drink, enjoy craft beers, carefully selected Italian wines or an aperitivo, such as Peroni or Campari. The seasonal cocktail list is perfect for after-work drinks and escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, while the new brunch cocktails, including the Prosecco ‘Mimosa’ (a chilled bottle of Santa Sara Prosecco with sparkling orange on the side to individually mix), are the ideal pairings for a weekend brunch.
From lemon oils to chilli pesto, squid ink pasta to dried porcini mushrooms, honey cantucci to cappuccino truffles, as well as shelves of Italian wines, look no further than Carluccio’s foodshop. Jam-packed with specialist artisan products, packed to perfection and sourced from all over Italy, the store is not only great for gifts, but also a pit-stop for those heading home and searching for the perfect duo of pasta and sauce. Or if you’re after a ready-made dish, the deli has freshly made delicious dishes to take away for lunch or supper alongside an enticing selection of fresh Italian produce including salami, cheese and olives.
Last but not least, the homemade Carluccio’s picnic hampers are a summer ‘must’, available to pre-order and collect in the restaurant.