Called in for lunch today (23 May '14) as I had never tried a Carluccio's before. The building was part of the former Brewery in Dorchester and the conversion was very sympathetrically done, e.g. keeping the supports in place and working round them.
We had the "green" (fixed price) menu, with chicken liver pate to start - beautifully presented in deep pots sealed with fat and with toasted bread and red onion chutney on a wood block board. I then had the chicken in breadcrumbs as main while my companion had the ravioli and we both had dessert (pana cotta & tiramisu).
As with most restaurants the servers tried to push olives or bruschetta on to us "while we waited" and salad with the pasta & potatoes with the chicken, but we both refused and rightly, as there was plenty of pasta and the chicken came with a (large) lettuce and rocket salad - all of which was enough.
A glass of white Sicilian wine each, but no coffee and we both came out feeling full, but not overloaded.
The food did not come quickly - we were in there for about 1 hour - but certainly worth a visit for a small, but leisurely lunch that does not break the bank.
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