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Return to Tuscany
Member Name: gemmamassey1
Date: 28/03/06, updated on 28/03/06 (932 review reads)
Advantages: delicious food, superb wines, beautifully decorated, easy to get to
Disadvantages: can't think of any
For all those who love authentic Tuscan cuisine, Caldesi Tuscan Restaurant is a dream come true. Located in Marylebone village, the restaurant is a family business owned by husband and wife team Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi, who bring the uniqueness of Tuscany's finest cuisine to the heart of London.
Caldesi Tuscan Restaurant is inspired by the Italian cuisine of Giancarlo's native Tuscany and provides an exciting alternative to the standard Italian restaurants London has to offer. Giancarlo’s flamboyant personality is a proof that Tuscany can simply be a tube ride away.
Most ingredients used in Caldesi restaurant are specially sourced from the region including salami which is used in the Antipasti tipici Toscani and olive which is chosen from Lucca’s finest. The majority of the dishes are Tuscan recipes that have never been written down but have been verbally handed down from generation to generation in-keeping with true Tuscan tradition. Giancarlo Caldesi has created a truly authentic menu but has added his personal touch. Signature dishes include roast guinea fowl with herbs and winter vegetables, handmade Tuscan pasta with lamb ragu, Tuscan pici and ribollita, char grilled squid and king prawns with lemon olive oil, garlic, chili and parsley. The wine list has been specially selected to complement the flavour rich food and features a broad selection of wines from different regions of Italy including an impressive collection of ‘super Tuscans’, extremely full-bodied red wines from the region. The food and wine lists are matched only by the impeccable service.
Katie Caldesi has beautifully decorated the restaurant with frescoed walls and wooden floors in line with authentic Tuscan design. Upstairs, a Renaissance private dining room is available for hire for up to 20 people. The sumptuously decorated room is richly hand painted and adorned with gold leaf in the style of the frescoes of 15th century Florence, making the Renaissance Room ideal for special events, corporate or social. Matching the exquisite period detail of the decor, the Tuscan menu created to blend with the room includes Renaissance recipes such as stuffed roast duck with mince meat, raisins and pine nuts, four-cheese pie and roast suckling pig with fresh rosemary.
Tuscan cuisine is on its way to your living room as Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi are set for stardom on the culinary scene this Spring. They are launching a BBC2 television series – Return to Tuscany – which is due to air on 8th May 2006 along with a recipe book to accompany the series. In the television series Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi return to Giancarlo’s culinary roots in Tuscany to set up a cookery school and teach the secrets of traditional Tuscan cooking.
The Caldesis are bound to make you fall for the charm and culinary pleasures of the most sensuous region of Italy.
Summary: Delicious authentic Tuscan cusine and superb regional wines