Anyone familiar with Newcastle’s Grey Street will have walked past Carluccio’s hundreds of times.
New-wave Italian with a clean, fresh taste and innovative recipes, the menu caters for everything from light lunch bites to full dinners, touching on pastries and take-out mini-pizzas, a range of Italian antipasto and oils and pasta for your home cooking.
Mouths watering from the displays, M insisted we try the food before we bought the place out, so we settled down. Due to a hectic day, we ended up ordering at the standard lunch-dinner time of 3.30pm, but Carluccio’s still had that signature buzz and open, airy feel.
We settled down to order. M plumped for Linguini al Frutti di Mare, enticed by the promise of prawns, mussels, crayfish and fennel.
Although the flavours were good, when it arrived it was slightly too cool; not ideal for seafood.
I went for the special, a 7oz steak with mustard and tarragon butter, paired with a broad bean salad.
This was a triumph. The tarragon butter complemented the steak perfectly and the broad bean salad melted in your mouth, punctuated by sharp, peppery rocket and a splash of tomato.
If I had to nitpick, I’d say the steak could have been slightly on the rarer side, but a small blight on an otherwise great plate.
We shared dessert…
Ricotta & raspberry and bitter chocolate paired with a trusty latte (although yes, it really should have been espresso!).
And then M found me nestled safely among the wares and dragged me home. But who could resist these?
Scores on the doors:
FOOD: 7/10 (lost points for the spaghetti)
Peace and meringues,
The NCLinsider xx