Antonio Carlucio RIP

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Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Thang-y » 08 Nov 2017, 17:37

Inspired many a foraging and a meal ..

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/peopl ... 44241.html

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Toby » 08 Nov 2017, 17:54

A dreadful old goat with a horrendous streak of narcissism.

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Dr. E. PLATE » 08 Nov 2017, 17:59

:lol:

I saw him on Saturday morning TV just a few weeks ago. I liked him. I got the impression his restaurants were a bit shabby, tho'.
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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Thang-y » 08 Nov 2017, 18:05

Toby wrote:A dreadful old goat with a horrendous streak of narcissism.


Is that your opinion from seeing him on the TV or is that personal knowledge?

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Geezee » 08 Nov 2017, 18:08

Carluccio's can be a bit hit and miss - mainly because some of them are sometimes so completely overrun by families it can get quite exhausting - but for me the Penne Giardiniera is a religion, one of my favourite dishes, period. If i want to splash out at lunch, I'll sometimes go on my own to a Carluccio which is close to my work, read a book, write in my journal or whatever, have a glass of wine, have my Giardiniera and it's a moment of real pleasure. RIP.
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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Geezee » 08 Nov 2017, 18:09

Thang-y wrote:
Toby wrote:A dreadful old goat with a horrendous streak of narcissism.


Is that your opinion from seeing him on the TV or is that personal knowledge?


Or did you not read a book about him? ;)
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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Hugh » 08 Nov 2017, 18:09

Bucolic Old Sir Henry knew him quite well I believe. I always enjoyed watching him on TV

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Thang-y » 08 Nov 2017, 18:13

He sold the restaurant chain some time ago. And how it's taken off is hardly his fault (though the way the tables are set ... does lend itself to quick dining like that). His approach to food still guides what's available - simple honest tasty Italian food. I like it.

The man was passionate about food, eating well, mushrooms .. seemed to have a twinkle in his eye. I suspect what Toby sees as narcissism is what I see as Italian passion (and opinion) about food.


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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby The Modernist » 08 Nov 2017, 18:28

I only saw him on tv a few times, I don't know much about him, but I liked him. I liked his passion, as has been said.

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Toby » 08 Nov 2017, 18:41

Thang-y wrote:
Toby wrote:A dreadful old goat with a horrendous streak of narcissism.


Is that your opinion from seeing him on the TV or is that personal knowledge?

The latter.

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Thang-y » 08 Nov 2017, 19:30

OK. But I don't know what it is you're talking about so I still like him.

And as I say he inspired plenty of my good eating, not to mention foraging. And I enjoyed his passion for food. I'm sorry he's died.

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby driftin » 08 Nov 2017, 19:37

I worked at Carluccio's about 9 years ago. It was a horrible job at a horrible work place. That's my input for this news.

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Thang-y » 08 Nov 2017, 20:33

Yeah, more criticism about the restaurant. I've looked the chain up on wiki

"In 2010 the company received a takeover offer from the Landmark Group, a Dubai-based enterprise, valuing Carluccio's at £90m. The transaction was approved by the shareholders"

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In 2007 it was reported that the company paid waiting staff less than the UK minimum wage,[10] and expected staff to make up the remaining remuneration through customers' tips.


Last time I went to a Carluccio's the young waiter was obsequious and too obviously fishing for a large tip. Which was offputting.


It isn't the man, though, is it. Seems he struggled with depression through his life - never got over the death of his younger brother. And was involved in charities such as the Woodland Trust, and homeless charities.

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Re: Antonio Carlucio RIP

Postby Geezee » 09 Nov 2017, 09:33

Thang-y wrote:Yeah, more criticism about the restaurant. I've looked the chain up on wiki

"In 2010 the company received a takeover offer from the Landmark Group, a Dubai-based enterprise, valuing Carluccio's at £90m. The transaction was approved by the shareholders"

and

In 2007 it was reported that the company paid waiting staff less than the UK minimum wage,[10] and expected staff to make up the remaining remuneration through customers' tips.


Last time I went to a Carluccio's the young waiter was obsequious and too obviously fishing for a large tip. Which was offputting.


It isn't the man, though, is it. Seems he struggled with depression through his life - never got over the death of his younger brother. And was involved in charities such as the Woodland Trust, and homeless charities.


Also, it is 10 years ago. I'm not saying it's definitely better now - i don't know - but if the latest bad data is coming from 2007 I don't know that it has that much relevance. But yes of course the restaurant trade isn't exactly know for their great working standards (eg. Byron burger last year...).
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