Carluccio's, St Helens Square, York
Graham Clark, Features Writer
A few months ago Carluccio's opened a new restaurant in York in the former Terry's building in St Helens Square which is in the centre of the city.
What makes the restaurant extra special is that they have kept all the original features in the building intact. The surroundings make you feel like you are dining somewhere special and not just a run of the mill restaurant.
The wood panelling and original light fittings all add to its old world charm. Light and airy it made for the ideal dining experience.
The marble surfaces on the tables add to the Italian flavour.
Our fellow diners during the lunchtime visit was a mix of York residents and tourists with a very wide age range: the restaurant will appeal to anyone who likes quality Italian food served in a welcoming atmosphere. You can dine in casual attire or dress for the occasion.
You can eat outside if you wish as there is a small seating area which is mainly used for customers taking coffee or cake or visiting the deli.
The service as you expect is of a high standard.
Our assorted bread basket from the deli was plentiful. I have visited some restaurants recently where they seem to think that a few slices of bread will constitute a bread basket. Not so here, the selection was good value at £4.50 and the breads were of excellent quality.
For my main I chose the Salsiccia Picante pizza: it looked like the ones served in Italy and tasted like it too. The spicy nduja added to the pizza. A good base and served straight from the oven, I was well impressed.
My partner's Chicken Milanese, which consisted of a flattened chicken breast, crusted in rosemary breadcrumbs and fried was described as being "pleasant". The salad can be served without dressing.
I was expecting my dessert of Chocolate & Salted Caramel Sundae to be served in a sundae glass, however it still tasted delicious with the crushed Amaretti biscuits adding to the flavour.
My partner went for the Meringa Al Frutto Della Passione, although there was plenty of meringue and raspberries in the dessert there did not appear to be much passion fruit cream.
The open plan design of the restaurant means you can see right through to the kitchen.
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There is room for expansion too in this Grade 11 listed building as on the top floor it is to be converted into a room for private functions.
They do a set menu between 12 and 6pm where two courses are £10.99 or 3 courses £13.99.
If you want to dine somewhere special where quality and service are paramount without paying high prices you will be hard pressed to find anywhere in the city better than this fine establishment.
Carluccio's St Helens Square, York YO1 8QW
Carluccio's, St Helens Square, York, 11th July 2017, 22:04 PM