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59th Carluccio's opens in Liverpool

Metquarter, sunshine and bubbly brings 'em all out

Published on March 28th 2012.

59th Carluccio's opens in Liverpool

IT took 58 restaurants in every major city and town in the UK before the door finally opened on Liverpool. 

Now we have a Carluccio's because the city “deserves something different” according to its eponymous founder. 

Antonio Carluccio promised fantastic service and food cooked on the premises. “Have you tried a pancetta wrapped prawn,” he asked Confidential. “Several,” we muttered. 

The answer would have been the same if he had asked if we had tried a glass of prosecco yet, a babbling brook of which ran unabated at Tuesday night's launch. 

Carluccio's Liverpool 11Prawns

As the sun set on the handsome Metquarter restaurant and deli, where a jar of their toothsome truffles will set you back £15 – but what an Easter present – Antonio surveyed the latest addition to his empire from a table outside to “get away from the noise of that bloody accordian” and to light the occasional fag.

“I can't even smoke in my own restaurant,” he told our operative with a saucy wink.

As a child, Antonio would hunt through the forest for different mushrooms with his father, but seems like he's a fungi now. 

Antonio and FrankAntonio and FrankThe 75-year-old quipped: “An elephant looked at a naked man and asked 'How can you drink with that?'”

Perhaps, it's the way he tells 'em.

The usual crowd from Hollyoaks, Atomic Kitten and WAG land were among the city's restauaraters, hoteliers and the like who all cheered when Antonio declared: “Liverpool has the Beatles, the football clubs and now it has a Carlucccio's.” 

Here are some snaps we took. Richard Williams took the good ones.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Andy MeliaMarch 29th 2012.

Bet my rissoto's better than yours

Andy MeliaMarch 29th 2012.

But my spelling obviously isn't...

AnonymousMarch 29th 2012.

I see he is sitting outside E.Rect Makin's office

Paul WardJune 26th 2012.

There's some rough female slebs in those opening pics!

Prof. ChucklebuttyJune 26th 2012.

This looked good until I saw the bloke with the old squeezebox (no I am not talking about our local celebs) I mean the accordion. I play the piano accordion and that's bad enough, so I don't want reminding of the weeks I spent trying to play a stupid pushbutton one like he's got.
Can customers bring your own? Although there would have to be some agreement about what tunes we would play, perhaps draw up an agreed playlist while looking at the menu. Otherwise it would be chaos! Once agreed we'd have to stick to it, you don't want late diners arriving and launching into their own medley.

I'll do a list of suggestions for them and perhaps they could put it on the menu and maybe even take turns. Just needs a little organisation and this place could be fantastic.

No pushbuttons though!

Absinthe & TurksJuly 2nd 2012.

What celebrities? The only person I recognise in the photographs is Barry Cryer who has cunningly removed his glasses to avoid identification.

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