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Published December 17th 2014
Italian dining in Angel, London
It was a lovely Wednesday evening in London and having just been told that our booking made by friends at La Da Vina in Islington was non existent (or been mixed up somehow), we wandered down the street (Upper Street) to find another place to eat. Lucky for us, we were spoilt for choices in Angel and being a weeknight it wasn't going to be a problem that we hadn't made bookings.
It was starting to feel very Christmas-like in London and Angel was a perfect young couple kind of place with plenty of activity resembling a busy central London suburb with a comfortable residential feel. Carluccio's was one of the first places we happened to walk by, and our couple of friends who had been there before immediately recommended we try it.
The large glass windows displaying piles of sweets- candy, chocolate, and things I've never heard of, decorated with a shiny Christmas spirit, was welcoming and interesting. There were a few other customers in the relatively spacious restaurant, however, it was still easy for us to find a table for four.
Whilst we pondered over the menu for vegetarian options, the waitress pointed out that there was a separate vegetarian menu that we weren't aware of, which was nice. So, an order of aranchini balls, mushroom bruschetta, a cheesy garlic bread and drinks to start with, we tucked into a good conversation and our meals. I ordered a pumpkin and pine nut risotto, and the others ordered a pasta with fried spinach balls, a spaghetti arabiatta.
My risotto was moist, flavoursome and came with a generous amount, which I couldn't finish. The spaghetti was also left unfinished as it was dry and a little bland. The others enjoyed their meals and seemed quite satisfied too. Whilst we were indulging, there was still some room for dessert and between the four of us, we had a traditional tiramisu and a fruit tiramisu as one of our friends was avoiding coffee and coffee flavoured things for now. Prices for each meal was pretty standard.