After over a year in the planning, Peterborough’s hottest new Italian restaurant Carluccios is set to open it’s doors on January 31st. UPDATE Carluccios opens to the public on February 6th – the January date is a soft launch for staff training!
Where some other chain restaurants prefer out of town retail parks, Carluccios seems to prefer the city centre locations which is good for Peterborough as our city centre has been flat on it’s backside for a couple of years. Any new restaurant will put increasing pressure on existing restaurants, especially the independents like Riva and The Pizza House with 2012 seeing Topo Gigio on Cowgate pretty much close it’s doors (apparently it’s still open for private hire). Coincidentally, the new Carluccios restaurant is in what had previously been Topo Gigios and then a tea room.
My hope is that it the opening of Carluccios in Peterborough will encourage the independents to go above and beyond what the chains can normally offer by providing a more personal and intimate service, introducing seasonal menus using local ingredients.