Embrace the most enviable of Italian rituals this June by pulling up a seat on a sun-drenched terrace and sipping on a refreshing spritz – for free! To celebrate the launch of its vibrant new spring/summer menu and spritz range, Carluccio’s is offering a free Aperol Spritz to everyone buying an antipasto dish, every day until 7pm throughout June. Perfect foraperitivo hour, the Italian way to ease into a meal. New for summer is Crab Bruschetta with Devon crab, frisée lettuce and tomato on grilled ciabatta - or try the burrata and 14-month aged prosciutto served with pane carasau – a traditional Sardinian flatbread.
As well as Aperol, the new spritz range features the dry, herbal bitter Cynar Amaro, and the archetypal Italian liqueur, limoncello. For a super-refreshing tipple try the Sicilian Spritz – a blend of Tanqueray gin, limoncello, lemonade and prosecco. The limited-edition Sofia Spritz takes the Venetian classic to a new level. Created in collaboration with award-winning cocktail specialists, Spirit of Zing, and inspired by the late Antonio Carluccio’s love of Sofia Loren - and his pet pig named in her honour - the Sofia Spritz combines artichoke-infused Tanqueray Gin with notes of rosemary, hyssop, chicory, fennel and black pepper.
If a pre-dinner cocktail should develop into an evening meal, the new spring/summer menu is packed full of delicious, seasonal Italian dishes that encapsulate Antonio Carluccio’s food motto, MOF MOF, - minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour. New dishes include Sicilian Swordfish Muddica, served with green beans, rocket, courgette and Parmigiano Reggiano. Vegetarian mains include Zucchine Ripiene - yellow and green courgettes stuffed with olives, capers, tomato, baked ricotta and breadcrumbs – and the Riso Nero, a black rice salad of broccoli, golden beetroot, pickled carrot, lentils served with a basil and vegan mayonnaise.
Finish off with ice cream from the new range of Coppe – gelato sundaes of raspberry and hazelnut torrone, chocolate and salted caramel, or limoncello with candied lemon peel. Alternatively opt for delicious cannoli – Sicilian pastry rolls filled with sweet ricotta, candied fruit, chocolate, pistachio, best enjoyed with an espresso.
Salute, Cin Cin, Cheers!