Fegato alla Veneziana

While I was gathering the ingredients together for this dish I heard the sad news of the death of Antonio Carluccio, the great Italian chef, who did so much to bring good Italian food and an appreciation of it to this country, which he made his home over 40 years ago. I have many of […]

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Carluccio’s Christmas 2016 Press Show

Oh I do love Carluccio’s. Their cafés are great places to drop into any time of day from breakfast to late evening, for just a coffee (a smooth Milano or a feistier Napoli), a snack or a good meal. I buy lots of produce in their shops, usually found in a corner of the cafés, […]

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Carluccio’s Christmas in July Press Show 2015

I do love going to Carluccio’s events. Well for a start, how can you resist an invitation that comes in a pretty box full of Gianduiotti chocolates – a divine mix of chocolate and hazelnuts. Then, when you arrive, there’s always wonderful food to eat – like at the sharing plates launch in April and […]

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Merluzzo alla Livornese – Cod Livorno Style

I loved the Livorno style baccalà – salt cod – I had last week at the Orso regional dinner when they ‘visited’ Tuscany. I found a recipe in Antonio Carluccio’s Italia book and was keen to try it out for myself. Carluccio uses red mullet, which I found in a lot of recipes for this dish […]

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Carluccio’s Caffe Launches New Sharing Plates

I spend quite a lot of time in various Carluccio’s Caffes – though mainly my local Richmond branch. I buy most of my pasta there (especially my favourite orecchiette), polenta, olives, panettone at Christmas, colomba at Easter and wonderful baci di dama biscuits (to which I am seriously addicted). I probably meet friends there for […]

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Italian Sausages with Roasted Pepper Sauce & Polenta

I rarely eat sausages these days (they were a regular supper dish when my kids were small) but a few times I’ve sought out good, authentic Italian sausages for a dish and had no luck finding any. Then the other day I was in Corto Italian Deli buying more taralli – a serious addiction of […]

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A Duo of Focaccia

It was a veritable hive of baking activity in my kitchen yesterday. No we weren’t practising to audition for The Great British Bakeoff, we were in party mode. As I lay in my bed yesterday morning thinking there was no rush to get up, I suddenly remembered I’d promised to make two (yes two) focaccia […]

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Opera a Tavola at Carluccio’s Caffe, Wimbledon

OK. I know I’m on a bit of a Carluccio’s roll here with two Carluccio posts in a row. I promise they don’t pay me. I almost decided not to write about tonight. But I took my camera just in case, and as soon as we sat down after a warm welcome with a glass of […]

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Carluccio’s Caffe, Covent Garden, London

When I was at Carluccio’s party for their Christmas 2014 press release recently, it occurred to me that while I frequently speak of my affection for Carluccio’s Caffe and talk about how I always buy their wonderful orrechiette and trofie pasta, have a strong addiction to their Baci di Dama biscuits from Piedmont, and like […]

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Burrata, Aubergine & Roasted Tomatoes

I know I must seem a bit slow in jumping onto the burrata bandwagon. It’s been the foodies’ darling for a few years; has sat, pride of place, on many an Italian restaurant’s menu, but the fact is … it’s still hard to source. Well a good one. And in Twickenham. Despite our ‘Little Italy‘. […]

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