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There’s an “idyllic experience” to be had at Giancarlo & Katie Caldesi’s “outstanding Italian”, which was significantly spruced up two years back – especially out on the sunny patio come summer. Add in “impeccably charming service” and it makes a “delightful location for that ‘special meal’”.
“The courtyard is perfect in the summer” at Giancarlo & Katie Caldesi’s “really lovely Tuscan restaurant” (which celebrated its tenth anniversary at the end of 2017 with a major revamp). “Super food is beautifully presented by attentive staff” in a setting designed “for your comfort”; “always reliable” and “very good for a celebratory meal”.
“Transporting you to Italy” – Giancarlo Caldesi’s “lovely” Thames-side venture is a huge local favourite, and even if some feel “it’s the charm of the place” that’s perhaps central to its appeal, its “hearty Italian cuisine” is “reasonably priced (for Bray at least)” and on most accounts “excellent”. It recently celebrated its 10th year with a major revamp, including an enlargement of its dining conservatory.
“An oasis of Italian-ness in the quintessentially English environs of Bray” – Giancario Caldesi’s Thames-side venture (also incorporating a cookery school) makes “a delightful find in a village dominated by culinary heavyweights”. “It executes authentic, fine modern Italian cuisine at its best”, and it’s particularly splendid on a warm day, sitting in the courtyard garden.
The Caldesi’s are passionate about seasonal and sustainable ingredients and use local produce such as game, meat and eggs where possible. They are proud of their authentic Italian cooking and herb garden where diners can eat al fresco.
The authenticity of their cooking, warmth of their welcome and efficiency of their operation are reflected by the number of loyal ‘regulars’ who wouldn’t put up with a week that didn’t include a Caldesi meal.
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
Head Chef Gregorio Piazza studied in Augusta, Italy and has been with us since the age of 19. His traditional style of cooking and use of honest flavours has been much applauded by the likes of Mathew Norman in the Daily Telegraph and Joe Walsh in the Independent. His signature dishes include a sea bass ravioli that we daren’t take off the menu in fear of a customer revolution and the crowd pleasing dessert â€˜bomboloni’. Gregorio was central to Caldesi in Campagna winning 2 AA Rosettes.
Old Mill Ln, Bray, SL6 2BG
|Number of Diners:|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑3:30 pm|