Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Christmas with Carluccio’s

Carluccio's York Christmas Menu
Carluccios Christmas Menu York



Earlier this year, Carluccio’s opened their York branch in the beautiful former Terry’s building on St Helen’s Square by throwing an 80th birthday party for Mr Antonio Carluccio himself. We had the most wonderful evening toasting his celebrations and he was such a lovely, charming man, so I was very saddened to hear that he passed away earlier this year. Having met the man behind the restaurants, going to Carluccio’s in York will always be a little bit more special for me.

I was invited to try the Christmas menu and jumped at the chance as what could be more festive than dining in such a beautiful building, overlooking York’s Christmas tree and sampling some delicious Italian cuisine? Honestly, every time I go into the restaurant in York, it hits me straight in the cosy feels. I took my mum along with me as she’s a long time fan due to their excellent gluten free offerings.


We were shown to our table which was upstairs and in the window, overlooking Betty’s, by our lovely waiter Andrew (he was an absolute gem the entire night), and I decided to start the evening with a cocktail and mum had a diet coke as she was driving. I had a Malfy Cooler which was Malfy Italian gin, elderflower, Martini Rosso and ginger beer. Let’s just say I could have drunk those all night, it was that good. 


Carluccios Christmas Menu York


We were dining from the Christmas menu which is running until the 3rd January and costs £17.95 for two courses and you can pay an additional £3 for dessert. Given the quality of the food, I’d say that’s a very good deal, especially for such a central and beautiful restaurant. Though Carluccio’s is a chain, there is no quality lost and the York restaurant in particular feels like an independent because it’s in such a stunning building. There’s definitely a welcoming and family feel to it.


To start, mum had the Crostini al Funghi which was mushrooms, kale and garlic served on gluten free toast and I had the antipasti plate. Antipasti is definitely in my top three foods so I was living the absolute dream with baked ricotta, various cured meats, peppers and balsamic onions, though I was very jel of my mum’s too as I also adore anything with mushrooms in it.



Carluccios Christmas Menu York



Carluccios Christmas Menu York



For mains, mum chose the Saltimbocca di Pollo al Vin Santo which is a flattened chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto, I went for the steak and both were served with garlic and rosemary potatoes. My steak was cooked to perfection – medium rare but more rare than medium – and mum’s was absolutely delicious too. I was eyeing up the chicken on the menu but after she chose it, I thought I’d go for something a little different and picked the steak which isn’t something I usually have. Does anyone else make a point when they go to restaurants to have something they’d never normally cook themselves? 


Carluccios Christmas Menu York



Carluccios Christmas Menu York



When it came to dessert, there was only one option for me, panettone with vanilla icecream. This is my favourite Italian dessert and after I was sent a giant panettone by Carluccio’s with my invite to the launch, I knew it was going to be delicious and Christmassy and it lived up to every expectation. Though I would happily eat panettone all year round, there’s something so festive about the fruits and it’s essentially a better version of Christmas cake. Mum chose the chocolate torte which was drizzled with raspberry coulis and I quote ‘like eating pure chocolate’. Well, if that’s not the dream at Christmas, I don’t know what is.


Carluccios Christmas Menu York



Carluccios Christmas Menu York


I couldn’t recommend Carluccio’s highly enough all year round but at Christmas even more so. It’s perfect for a civilised Christmas dinner than can be followed up by a less civilised night out as it’s in the best location, just a stone’s throw away from some of my favourite bars in York. Where are you heading for your work’s Christmas do this year? Let me know in the comments.
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