Source: Caffe Caldesi
By Laura Nickoll
Giancarlo and Katie’s Caldesi’s Marylebone restaurant, bar and café has been quietly going about its business, feeding locals and those in the know traditional no-frills Italian food, for over 15 years, while the couple’s enterprise has been steadily expanding. Now there’s are cookery school next door, a high-end restaurant in Bray and a clutch of well-regarded cookbooks to their name. Gluten-free diners are well served, as the kitchen offers an entirely separate gluten-free menu (including gluten-free pasta and bread).
What to eat? Giancarlo’s Tuscan heritage looms large on the regional menu, structured in typical Italian fashion with antipasti starting things off, then secondi (think beef ragu and spaghetti alla carbonara) with tiramisu, Italian cheese or pannacotta bringing up the rear. Weekend brunch – the Big Tuscan cooked breakfast will sate the most voracious of appetites – is a big hit with parents.
Pipsqueak tip Families with young kids will likely prefer dining in the more casual ground-floor area. Oh and if you have time, be sure to sign up for one of the cooking classes for kids that they run.