Monday, 25 July 2011

Christmas Comes Early – Carluccio’s, London

See below for a sneak preview of this year’s glorious Christmas spread coming to a Carluccio’s near you this Autumn.

Carluccio's Christmas Press Preview

Last Thursday, Carluccio’s at St Christopher’s Place was transformed into a winter wonderland complete with real fir trees and (not so real) snow at the entrance. Inside, a long banqueting table was filled with this year’s range of regional Italian sweets, cakes, biscuits and treats.

Press and bloggers mingled with the superb Carluccio’s team to discover this year’s range.

Those that arrived early were treated to an espresso and the chance to be the first guests to dig into this season's panettone, dark chocolate-dipped clemetines, chocolate-covered nougat cigars and much, much more.

As the day rolled on, the feast grew to include summer vegetable risotto, broad bean and pancetta salad, free-flowing bellinis and prosecco, and those who timed it well even got a glimpse of Carluccio’s own father Christmas aka Antonio Carluccio.

Carluccio’s Christmas Range – Highlights

In no particular order here are a couple of this year’s delights.

Panforte Bianco
– a dense sticky Tuscan cake made with candied fruit, toasted almonds, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg and covered in icing sugar.

Christmas Crackers
Guaranteed to give your festive table a bit of design kudos, I love this year’s Carluccio’s Mini Christmas crackers. Inside each cracker there’s a party hat, chocolate and Italian trivia question.

Pasticceria di Benevento
– A subtle butter biscuit selection covered in dark chocolate and decorated in little gold balls. What a lovely gift!

Sfogliatine. – These beautifully-packaged delicious honey and almond slices are new to the range this year.

Wrapped in gold, the Pandolce is a classic Christmas cake from Genoa. A great gift for gran!

Ho, ho, ho – Pupazzetti milk and dark chocolate Santas, stick them in the kids' stockings.

Get Your Italian Christmas Fix:
The Carluccio's Christmas range will arrive in stores at the end of October and will also be available online:

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