A culinary journey from Naples to Leamington - The Leamington Observer

A culinary journey from Naples to Leamington

Leamington Editorial 26th Mar, 2024 Updated: 1st Apr, 2024   0

ITALIAN cuisine travels well, there’s no doubt about that. There aren’t many corners of the world where you won’t find pasta or pizza.

The late great chef and restauranteur certainly played a major part in popularising the food of his native country during a career spanning more than half a century, which earned him

the fitting monikor of “the godfather of Italian gastronomy”.

After coming to Britain in 1975 he quickly made a name for himself in culinary circles on these shores, and in 1991 he and his then wife opened an Italian food shop, from which grew the chain of celebrated restaurants Carluccio’s.

While the chain has had its ups and downs, as have many others, it is now in very good health if our visit to the Leamington branch in Satchwell Court is anything to go by.

A new range of pizzas have just been added to the menu. It could be argued that ‘what’s so difficult about a pizza’? Some dough and a few toppings and hey presto you have a pizza. If only it really was that easy!

Forget the vast majority of supermarket offerings – be they fresh or frozen – and also the takeaway chain offerings. Carluccio’s pizzas share a heritage with the authentic Neapolitan original.

Bases are carefully crafted using a traditional method which produces a beautifully light and airy crust.

Of course a great base without a topping to match would be rather pointless. That’s not a worry at Carluccio’s, from the robust Spianata Calabrese to the velvety Fior di latte mozzarella, and the smoky nuances of Calabrian ‘nduja and affumicata smoked pancetta.

Marc Wilson, Head of Operations at Carluccio’s, said: “Our dedication to authenticity is unwavering. Our Pizza Alla Napoletana invites patrons to savour the genuine essence of Naples; from the meticulously crafted ‘Biga’ dough to the thoughtfully selected toppings.

“This introduction is a direct response to the repeated requests from our discerning guests, who consistently sought exceptional quality pizzas. At Carluccio’s, we pride ourselves on listening to our patrons, and this addition to our extensive menu reflects our commitment to meeting their desires for culinary excellence.”

And let’s not forget the service which was second to none. Our waiter James was the epitome of charm and clearly knows what the word hospitality means.

It is more than six years since Antonio Carluccio passed away but he can rest in peace in the knowledge his legacy is being taken very good care of.

Visit www.carluccios.com for further details.




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