Carluccio’s is situated in the very heart of Muswell Hill’s burgeoning, vibrant Full English Breakfast scene. As mentioned before, the parade of shops opposite Poundland and the Post Office is teeming with refuelling opportunities for the famished ultracyclist.
The establishment is one of a number of restaurants who are now catering from morning until night. Italy has great historical connections with cycle racing through the Giro d’Italia, Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Lombardy, so The Wattmeister felt it appropriate to wear his finest Santini lycra for this visit.
Ambience: pleasant, casual, light and airy restaurant with good wifi.
Cost: Carluccio’s Breakfast Magnifica £9.95, including fresh juice and black americano.
Content: 1 sausage, thin slices of smoky pancetta, sautéed mushrooms, 1/3 of a grilled tomato, 2 fried eggs (free range), toasted Italian bread, NO BEANS.
Still flummoxed by Feast on the Hill’s missing 1/2 a tomato, The Wattmeister was sent into a tizzy of consternation regarding Carluccio’s missing 2/3 of a tomato. This meal holds the lofty title of Carluccio’s Breakfast Magnifica, surely a full tomato would be proper and fitting in order to justify the magnificence of the label?
Moving on, in terms of aesthetics, my meal did not match the luscious photographic image on Carluccio’s website. However, it was a very tasty and nourishing breakfast in pleasant surroundings with personable service. Not the biggest portion, but does size matter?
In summary, very enjoyable. Could have sat there all morning. Size does matter to some extent.
Score: 8.5 watts/10 watts