Carluccio's - Reading

4.5
49 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Forbury Square, Reading. The restaurant is just a 5 mins walk from the Oracle Shopping Centre.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. On top of that, our menu also caters for vegetarians/vegans and those who are following a gluten free diet. Therefore you should book a table at Reading today!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 49 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only thing that was unfortunate was that a lot of food had gone off the menu but it didn’t matter as all the food is lovely. We fully understood that because of the pandemic and the last day of eating out Carlluccios had been busy and food was reduced in quantity but not quality. On a positive note there was a good atmosphere and the food was the usual good standard . The staff were amazing and we were made to feel wanted and welcome , they were all in good spirits especially Luigi our waiter who is always delightful. As soon as Carlluccios opens again we will be back .

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Samdal
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, slightly reduced menu because day before lockdown and they were runing out of dishes. Totally understandable. Waiting staff friendly and accomodating. Would recommend

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LauraR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, and top class service, really enjoyable. A step above normal italian food for sure.

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Helen
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great for a coffee and catch up. Good service and ambiance

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MargaretS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Was served very quickly food very good will come again

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sandram
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The food was good, and the service was average. Didn’t like the deco and discomfort of the chair though.

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Hristina
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience1

Food was very delicious and up to a good standard. The cocktails weren’t too bad, maybe slightly watery for their price tag. Service was slightly abrupt, the waiter touched our cutlery while placing it on the table, instead of bringing it on a tray and let us pick it up. Furthermore, when we asked for the bill and got it brought to us, we had to wait for over 30 minutes to actually pay and leave. I would understand if it had been busy, but it was my company and 2 other tables, hence it shouldn’t have been more than a 10 minute wait. Also the atmosphere reminds of a school cafeteria. Overall, the food was delicious, which was the most important thing, but they should definitely work on their service, so they can make the customers’ experience even better.

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roper
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always such a treat, thanks so much to the Team at Reading, wonderful service, very warm welcome, food is delicious! Also the amazing Christmas offerings to buy on the way out, couldnt resist. We are going to miss you this month in lockdown.

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TraceyF
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good pasta

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SheilaW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service and was a safe environment in the current climate

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vipprepaidrobert
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service from staff under Covid conditions

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HannahG
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Would not recommend to anyone concerned about Covid. The restaurant is so noisy that staff have to lean uncomfortably close to speak to you, the only additional Covid measures were staff wearing masks - nothing else enforced like temperature checks, customers wearing masks, etc, and the tables were so close together you could not get to your seat without brushing past others.

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IreneF
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A longstanding favourite of Reading, Carluccio’s never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always Carluccio’s was great food, service , value for money and good surroundings. Safety and hygiene for everyone was good

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MarionH
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely meal under the circumstances
Food good , not rushed to leave despite curfew. All very organised.

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JackieF
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A really friendly professional Team. Service is excellent, always. Food is delicious, always, and the wine is wonderful. We love coming here, always a treat. Thank you to the Team who are coping so admirably in these difficult times.

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DalD
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an evening meal for two and found the place was fairly busy, but because it’s quite spacious social distancing was correctly observed. We had starters of Arancini balls and Calamari. The Calamri starter was a bigger portion than expected, so was a bit of a bonus, so we shared that. The Arancini balls were very tasty served with a tomato dip. Both were nicely made and very Tasty. For main I had one of the chicken escalopes (the one with prosciutto ham on it, this was a little served with herb potatoes and rocket. The dish was pretty good, only let down by the chicken itself which was a bit lacking in taste. My wife had the veggie salad, which was extremely good, again it was pretty substantial, but consisted of sun dried tomatoes, barley, avocado, goats cheese and roasted courgettes, I think had the better option. We had a beer and a Negroni cocktail, which my wife was keen on as its not often served in restaurants, I think she found it was very Strong, but was perhaps she started drinking it before we started eating. We has. Rum baba dessert (Which was rather small) with a coffee and an Affogato which was very good. All in the bill was £63, but the bigger bonus is that you get a 20% discount on your next visit with your receipt. Which we will definitely do as we really enjoyed our visit. Highly recommend this place.

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ClaireC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good quality food, cooked and presented well.
Service is friendly and efficient

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JaneR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely the best breakfast I have tasted in a restaurant
Staff very efficient too.

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GillR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Expensive for what it is . The drinks are especially expensive

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TeresaH
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious as ever, fab waiter. No problems.

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Harebell
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The re-opening of Carluccio’s in Reading was such good news as I’d heard that the Covid virus had resulted in permanent closure of the chain. Booking a table online was really straightforward and the restaurant was all geared up for safe dining, without being oppressively restrictive, and there was a good atmosphere, despite there being fewer people. Carluccio’s chefs once again produced excellent cuisine, brought to the table by friendly and helpful waiting staff. We were three very contented diners when we left the restaurant - welcome back Carluccio’s! 😷

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JohannaH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, pleasant staff and nice atmosphere. Located near the Abbey ruins

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KeithB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, in a Covid secure environment, which was important to us. We had booked a table for early evening and we very much liked the quiet time before it would undoubtedly become busy later. We enjoyed 2 courses plus wine, and as a group of 3 we all chose different dishes and all rated them highly. Service was just right too.
We hope to visit again and would encourage others who love good food to visit too.

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DeniseT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Really enjoyed the evening.

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Livvy
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very rushed arrived and the waiter made us order straight away, online it said there was pizzas and in the restaurant there wasn’t. starters came out very fast and tiny portion size. As soon as we took the last bite the waiter was taking our plates. Mains came out straight away too.

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DanT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Glad the Reading Carluccios is back up and running again. Always enjoyed Carluccios but we always found the Reading one top of the pile. Already been twice since it reopened. Great value, great environment, friendly staff...perfecto!

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Rebecca
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience in a safe and clean environment.

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KarenH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice lunch with work colleagues. Restaurant was very quiet so lots of space. Service good. I had the penne pasta which was a little greasy hence not the 5 review.

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CARRIEH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

this is my second visit in 4 days, really pleased it's reopened as I go here with my friends and my mum alike

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JaneR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious breakfast and coffee
Will visit again soon

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CARRIEH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So pleased to see Carluccio’s open again. Service and food was a a good as it always is

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Samantha
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Luigi was absolutely fantastic! He has served us the three times we have been (last time being January and we are now in September) and he remembers us every time! He is friendly and funny and can’t do enough for us!
They only have two vegan main options on the menu but both are amazing and I will definitely be back again and again. The menu is extremely clearly labelled and the service is incredible.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you for your feedback . Thank you for visiting us and sustain our restaurant. I am happy you had a lovely time. Andreea General Manager

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AnitaA
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very nice , good yummy although thought drink prices quite high

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roper
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious food and very friendly service. Great to go back again,

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SportySteph
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Convivial, reliable, friendly atmosphere Knowledgeable and experienced staff.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you for your feedback . Thank you for visiting us and sustain our restaurant. Your feedback means a lot for us. Andreea General Manager

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SD444
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff were so friendly and helpful, excellent service!

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you for your feedback . Thank you for visiting us and sustain our restaurant. Andreea

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AlisonM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great to be back, familiar staff great new range of choices on the fixed price menu and a relaxing couple of hours enjoying food and wine

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you for your feedback . Thank you for visiting us and sustain our restaurant. To more visits. Andreea General Manager.

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ClareW
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely helpful pleasant staff as always and great food apart from potatoes they probably were cooked the day before but the rest of the food was excellent

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you for your feedback . Thank you for visiting us and sustain our restaurant. Andreea General Manager

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SteveV
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The same as ever, and the best Italian in Reading, even if the menu is a little reduced at the moment. We ate at 8 and by just after 9 the staff seemed a little over-anxious to close for the evening, so we felt a bit rushed.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you for your feedback . Thank you for visiting us and sustain our restaurant. We did change a few thing to stay safe ,but hope this will still make you visit us. Andreea

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FAQs

Carluccio's - Reading offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0118 214 7089.

Carluccio's - Reading is rated 4.5 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.