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Carluccio’s, Shrewsbury

Back in August, my parents and I visited a restaurant in Shrewsbury called Carluccio’s. Before we visited Shrewsbury we had googled gluten free places to eat in Shrewsbury and Carluccio’s was one of the hits.

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Carluccio’s say this on their website (which you can visit here):

Enjoy contemporary Italian dining in a lively, sociable setting. The true flavours of Italy from breakfast to dinner. At Carluccio’s everyone is welcome, no-one is rushed. Whatever you want, whenever you want it. The finest ingredients served with the minimum of fuss, the maximum of flavour. Honestly Italian to the core.

So on arrival, I was given a seperate gluten free menu, which also details vegan and dairy free options. The choice is impressive, really impressive (bear in mind that the menu may have changed since August). I had so much choice, I actually had trouble picking one thing!
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I eventually settled on Prawns Marinara for my starter which came with some gluten free bread for dipping. I also went for a very nice cocktail – Lemon Spritz which had Limoncella and Prosecco in it – very tasty.

The Prawns Marinara was amazing. I love seafood, especially prawns and I was very brave and grown up and ate the cooked tomatoes. Don’t worry though, I am still not a fan of cooked tomatoes and won’t be eating them again any time soon. This dish was so nice. The sauce was lovely and the prawns were cooked well and were fat and juicy.

For my main I had a Carbonara. Carluccio’s use their own corn and chickpea flour pasta to make a gluten free pasta.

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I took advantage of the Parmesan I was being offered too. The pasta is really nice, definitely the nicest gluten free pasta I have eaten. The Pancetta was lovely – the whole dish was cooked really well and the meal didn’t taste gluten free.

For desert, I had Meringa con panna al frutto della passione. Which was basically  a raspberry and passion fruit Eton Mess type thing. I also finished the meal off with a black tea.

The desert was one of the nicest things I have ever eaten. I contemplated divorcing Neil and marrying it, that’s how amazing it was.

Mum, Dad and I enjoyed our meal here so much that we actually went back a second time whilst we were in Shrewsbury. Which meant I got to try some other things (woohoo!).

On my second visit, I had Pea, Mint and Ricotta Bruschetta. To drink, I tried a Very Berry Smoothie.

The bruschetta was gluten free. The starter was light, fresh and tasty. My smoothie was very nice. Full of flavour and not overly thick which smoothies sometimes can be.

For the main, I eventually decided on Frutti di Mare – gluten free pasta with prawns, mussels and crayfish.

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Remember how I love seafood? This dish was perfect. The seafood cooked really well. It was lovely.

For desert, I decided to go with the epic Meringa con panna al frutto della passione, which I can confirm was just as delicious the second time around.

Carluccio’s is a really nice place. The staff were all really friendly and a very nice waitress complemented me on my cat tshirt (featured in this post). The ambience is calm and relaxing and everybody looked to be having a nice time.

The tables are spacious and you aren’t sat elbowing your dinner companions constantly which is always a bonus. What I was most impressed about was how much Carluccio’s care about their diners with food intolerances. It makes all the difference to your experience. The gluten free pasta was really nice and the fact that you get your own menu with lots of choices is really great. I am forever bummed that Carluccio’s don’t have a restaurant closer to me here in Plymouth and I will keep my fingers crossed that one arrives very soon!

Have you ever eaten at a Carluccio’s? Or is there a restaurant you’d love to move in to your town? Get in touch below.

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