Caravelli (locally known incorrectly by many, including me, as Caravelli’s) is a family run restaurant (the Ambricos not the Caravellis!) with a good atmosphere and great Italian food and wine. Opened in March 2010 its reputation grew and it quickly established itself as one of the best restaurants in Loughborough.
Due to its popularity you need to be book ahead to avoid disappointment. Midweek bookings are easier to get than the weekends – for instance we tried to get in on an last minute whim yesterday (Saturday) and they didn’t have a table for two until 9:30pm. So midweek it was.
Caravelli has wide ranging menus covering everything from pasta dishes to seafood and meat prepared and presented in authentic traditional Italian style, and an ever-changing specials board. And yes they do tiramisu!
Due to the boisterous nature of the evening out, I didn’t take any notes and so I’ll let the photos guide me.
The starters went down well with Peroni beer and then we ordered some wine. The red was a very nice chianti and the white a fruity pinot grigio. There was some debate over ordering the second bottle on the wine list which apparently is a bit of a corker but traditionally would be the most marked up. Although should you begrudge the restauranteur their mark up if the wine is fine? The debate will know doubt continue…
Of course when it came to dessert there was only one choice for me and if it hadn’t been available there may have been a table-flip. Caravelli’s tiramisu is a simple thing but great when freshly made and is in my Top 5.
To my mind Caravelli operate in an entirely different space to most of the restaurants in Loughborough and certainly the likes of Bella Italia – there is simply no comparison – the food is a knockout and consistently good. The staff are very friendly and if the manager is in and you’re in no rush you’ll usually get treated to a small glass of limoncello or amaretto for the road. Didn’t happen on this occasion but that’s because he wasn’t there 🙂