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“Dependable Italian experience”

Carluccio's - Reading
Ranked #42 of 631 Restaurants in Reading
Price range: $26 - $30
Cuisines: European, Italian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Visited in a large group on a Friday evening. The style of this restaurant may not agree with everybody. It is modern, bright and canteen like, with high ceilings and exposed ducting but the food is very good. Spaghetti vongole was as good as any I have had in Italy and I visit Florence and Rome 15-20 times a year on business. Service was a bit patchy, slow on the first drinks but the meals all came out together which is not easy when you have 13 at the table. I rarely order 'recommended' wine as it often means high margins for the reataurant and a poor experience for the diner, but on this occasion I tried both the red and white and they were really good. The espresso was also excellent.

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Whenever we feel like a treat, at the end of a long working day or to chill out over the weekend, Carluccio's is one of our favourite places to go. Taste and simplicity is what distinguishes this restaurant in Reading together with the very friendly and professional staff. We have just come back from another lovely dinner, tonight Dino has made our experience even more pleasant and enjoyable with his attentive, courteous, friendly and discrete service. As it often happens, we left the place with a few more take always from the local deli!

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We booked for an opera evening during May and didn't know what to expect. But it proved to be a really good evening out. Greeted at the door by the manager and directed to our seats by a waiter and provided with a glass of Prosecco we knew we were in for a good night out. The food, although a set menu, proved to be every bit as good as our previous dining experiences there. The singing was great and not too heavy - well known operatic pieces and show tunes. The waiters were friendly and attentive and we thought it very good value at £35 per head. We shall go again!

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

I went here with a friend and her young baby. The restaurant is children friendly, and is spread out so that we could sit away from other diners incase the baby cried. There was no atmosphere in the restaurant, it is very canteen like with high ceiling and the front area is a shop. The food was ok, we had the set menu which was good value for money. The service was good, we had everything that we needed, However I would not rush to visit again - there are other chain retaurants that are family friendly that I would prefer.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Excellent food and entertainment. Three course dinner with a glass of wine and about an hour of live music... Great value for £35 per head. This the second time we have been to one of the events and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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