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REVIEW: Carluccio’s picnic hamper

REVIEW: Carluccio’s picnic hamper

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Sick of cocktail sausages and pork pies? ‘Course you’re not, they’re everyone’s guilty pleasure – but sometimes a posh picnic is in order. And for one of those, look no further than Carluccio’s. Made fresh (they can be pre-ordered up to 24 hours in advance) or the chef’s choice on the day, there are two types to choose from – Classic or Vegetarian.

Having tried the Classic two summers previous, we opted for the same again – one hamper easily serving four people (or making an absolute feast for two).

Doorstop-thick foccacia is freshly baked on the morning of sale, studded with huge, juicy olives and sea salt granules. Next, a mountain of anti-pasto – Milano, Napoli and Finocchiona salami with green beans, caperberries and chargrilled courgettes.

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Two huge, buttery Taleggio tarts come next, filled with pancetta and spring onion. There are two ‘main’ dishes, each doused in olive oil of fantastic quality. Corn-fed chicken supreme comes with lemon, garlic and chillies on a green leaf salad, and a pearl barley salad is filled with chargrilled aubergine, peppers and rocket.

All tasted incredible, filling yet not heavy, and perfect for a summer’s day in the garden or an outdoor event (we recommend the Open Air Theatre at Regent’s Park – spellbinding on a warm evening).

Dessert was by far our favourite component – two lighter-than-air strawberry tarts and a pack of classic biscotti from Piedmont. Like some bubbles with your afters? Opt for a dry Prosecco Santo Stefano, £14.95 – hailing from Veneto, it’d be a crime not to.

Amy @ FashionBite xx

Carluccio’s summer picnic hampers are £45

Website: Carluccios.com

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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