I went back to Carluccios recently. I was looking for somewhere interesting to go on Ecclesall Road with some family friends at the end of the summer holidays, and given the range of eateries on Eccy Road, it’s surprising that so few have much in the way of a gluten free offer. I’m yet to thoroughly investigate Sharrow, and we wanted to go somewhere we knew was reliable and where the kids would eat, so we ended up back at Carluccios.
I am pleased to say that they have taken the gluten disclaimer off their menu. And on further investigation, I discovered that they have gained their Coeliac UK accreditation. This happened back in July – I have no idea how I missed that news. I must have had my head in a bucket! (See my previous posts about Carluccios, here and here)
Anyway, I’m beaming to report, after being in touch with CEO Simon Kossof, that “At least in part as a result of your original communication we [Carluccios] reviewed the possibility of gaining accreditation from the coeliac society.” And I’m advised that the new menus are aimed to be released around the second week of October. In fact, I’ve just looked online, and here’s a link to the new gluten free menu with the Coeliac UK symbol. I’m looking forward to checking out their home baked GF focaccia bread.
So it really does go to show what can be done if we let restaurants know how important it is to get good quality gluten free food and why it matters so much to us coeliacs.
We had a lovely meal – some gluten free sharing platters to start, and I had lobster pasta for mains. I shared a bottle of prosecco with my lovely friend, as we were celebrating the kids being back at school – hurrah!