San Carlo BottegaItalian
Head to any of the ristorantes in the acclaimed and award-winning family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional ingredients, artfully prepared, and served in super chic surroundings. Bottega, with its views of the historic Corn Exchange, is the place for Champagne and cicchetti-style medium-sized plates that are tailor-made for sharing.
One such dish might be the fritto Portofino, named after a fishing village on the Italian Riviera, and featuring shellfish such as scallops and calamari, or how about some handmade ravioli, with options such as lobster bisque or pumpkin and sage. There are salads and tartares, risottos with flavours like porcini and black truffle, and pizzas and calzone, with the dough made fresh on the premises. There’s grilled fish and meats to choose from or for authentically Italian dishes, think along the lines of pollo Milanese breadcrumbed chicken and caciucco fish stew. For a real taste of the Med, imported Italian ingredients on the menu include burrata, buffalo and fior di latte mozzarella, Sicilian prawns and Calabrian ‘nduja spicy sausage.
San Carlo wouldn’t be San Carlo without a well-sourced wine list featuring the best of Italy and its islands, plus plenty of Prosecco and, of course, the makings of an Aperol Spritz or two.
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