DATE PUBLISHED: 23/11/2018
Carluccio's at Christmas is truly one of the highlights of the year; the food, the festive atmosphere and the delicious food.
The lovely waitress greeted me at the door and explained that Carluccio's source their products straight from Italian producers, from the cioccolateria in the village square to the family which has been making pandolce for generations. These manufacturers are visited every year by the Carluccio's buying team, who taste everything to ensure great quality goods for their consumers.
Carluccio's Christmas menu has a food to suit every taste. I sat down at the table and spent a LONG time deciding what to have off the new Christmas menu. It was a tough call between crab & lobster lasagna with prawns, spinach & ricotta and the chicken escalope, prosciutto, sage, mushrooms & vin santo. with roast rosemary potatoes. I went for the chicken and it was divine! I couldn’t resist but to order a dessert. Which had to be my favourite, the panettone with vin santo syrup & vanilla ice cream and it was DELICIOUS!
Here are a handful of the delicious foods on offer this Christmas from Carluccio's shop, as well as the story behind them:
A fig bar covered in dark chocolate - ideal for those who can't stand the overly sweet, overly manufactured taste of the regular Christmas chocolate box assortments. This features chopped Calabrian figs, candied peel and walnuts - all doused in a good helping of rum, left to rest for a day, then coated in chocolate.
For me, being non-Italian, Panettone is a Christmas luxury, but at the same time complete necessity. Its creamy texture goes so well with a cup of tea, and this version is one not to be missed. Carluccio's Venetian producer makes a 'custard' with the locally produced Prosecco, then pipes it into the Panettone. Buy this and thank me later.
Unbelievably rich, these grissini sticks (like little biscuitty bread sticks) are made the old-fashioned way - with lard, not olive oil. And they're completely coated in chocolate.