Some of you may know of the famous Italian chef, Antonio Carluccio. Well, he has opened a chain of restaurants last year and one of these happened to be at Brindleyplace in Birmingham. I paid several visit there but have yet to write a review of the food so here goes.
The surroundings were rather good. It’s all modern fittings and it doesn’t pretend to be hip or pretentious with the decor. It is slightly dark inside so it is best to sit near the window. There is also a mini-shop inside with all manner of special ingredients which are tempting to buy. There is also a place set aside for a café.
I tend to order single dishes but I decided to go for the fixed price menu. This comes at £9.95 for two courses; add £2.75 for an extra course and/or £3.50 for a large glass of Sicilian Sicani wine.
I decided to order the Penne alla luganica: tubes of pasta with a rich and spicy Italian sausage sauce and a glass of white (NB: I was reprimanded by one of my peers for not ordering red afterwards!)
The penne was seasoned with parmesan and black pepper as usual.
The taste was wondeful and the pasta was just the right consistency: not too soft yet not undercooked and floury. The spicy sausage sauce went well with the plain egg pasta and the seasoning tied the whole thing together. It is fresh yet wholesome.
I had the tiramisu for dessert.
You can’t argue with that. The sponge was soft and wasn’t overkilled with the alcohol. The balance was just right. The only thing I could fault it on was that it was a tad too small! I could easily engulf double that amount. But I suppose if you ordered a starter, this would be just the right size (just).
As far as the other stuff I had tried there previously, I would recommend the Tortelloni di cervo: Handmade fresh tortelloni filled with wine braised venison. It is simply delcious.
The staff and service was friendly and good.
I would definitely recommend this place. Afterall, its creator is passionate about Italian food and it shows and tastes so.