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Carluccio’s launches new nationwide veggie menu with a Covent Garden pop-up

It seems just about everyone is getting in on the animal-free thing lately, from Pret to KERB. Now, not one to be left out, Carluccio’s has just announced they’ll be running their own vegetarian pop-up, with 20 veggie and vegan dishes and an impressive antipasti-inspired sharing platter.

The Cucina Verde pop-up will be based in the chain’s flagship Covent Garden branch, and be running alongside the new menu’s nationwide rollout. In London, the menu will be available for four consecutive Mondays - normally a poor time to try to entice people out of the house, but it’s a deliberate choice in keeping with the nation’s Meat-free Monday campaign.

You’ll need to head up to the first floor for the pop-up. There, you’ll find seasonal veggie and vegan dishes including:

  • Crostini al funghi with kale, chilli and garlic
  • Vegan polpette di pane with semi-dried tomatoes and capers
  • Orecchiette al cavolfiore with roasted turmeric cauliflower florets
  • Penne giardiniera with crispy spinach balls
  • Mushroom risotto with truffle oil
  • Zucca con verdure arrostite
  • Pasta e fagioli with borlotti beans

Normally, we’re used to sharing boards of the cured-meat-and-cheese-laden variety, so we’re intrigued to see how Carluccio’s verdure sharer will stand up. It sounds rather good, with masses of oily, salty nibbles to entice you, including poponcini peppers, onion marmalade with goat’s cheese bruschetta, marinated artichokes, marinated green bean, olives and focaccia. We’ *love* our meaty charcuterie boards, but we have to admit, we’re a bit tempted this one.

The pop-up is being run in collaboration with cook and food blogger Anna Barnett.

When: 23, 30 October, 6, 13 November

Where: First floor, 2 Garrick St, London WC2E 9BH

More information: Visit their website or follow them on Twitter @carluccios.


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