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Authentic Italian food, go to chain.
Member Name: Esky
Advantages: delicious food, excellent food shop for take home options.
Carluccio's is my go-to chain restaurant. You know you are going to get authentic Italian food, and something that will suit all our family.
Carluccio's is an Italian eatery, and each branch (at least that I have been in) has a bakery / on site food store, from which you can buy Italian staple ingredients, breads, pastas, oils, sauces, meats, rice, cakes and chocolates etc. You can even buy the appropriate utensils to recreate the delicious foods you have just eaten, as well as a selection of cookery books.
The food there, in the restaurant, is delicious and the closest to the delicious flavours I experienced in Italy, of all the chain restaurants I have tried. I especially like that they offer regional specialities, and that, in my experience, someone there could explain them to us, including to my picky and specific son. On our last visit, we tried the particular giant olives from Puglia.
The pasta is just like I recall it from Italy, beautifully aldente, and with a particular texture. I was delighted to discover, that, if you buy the dried pasta to take home, this is easy to recreate at home. I have also taken home delicious cake, bressaola and wonderful bread.
My very favourite thing though, and this is achievable in all the branches I have visited, is that, if you love the Chicken Liver Pate (which is especially delicious) you can ask them to put some in an espresso cup and they will sell it to you by weight to take home. if you do this, and also get a loaf of the ciabatta, you can have the most delicious lunch in your own home - or possibly a starter to a lovely summer meal outdoors.
My only criticism is that, sometimes, the staff in the bakery / food shop can be a little less informed as to the foods they are selling than the restaurant staff.
It is a more expensive option than most Italian chains I have visited, but, the food and experience are much better, so it is definitely worth the extra.
Summary: Good chain option, with excellent take home benefits.