Food for thought on Valentine’s Day at Carluccio’s

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Food has always played an important role in the game of love. Whether you choose to show how you feel with a cosy meal at home, a romantic restaurant dinner or stylish foodie gift, Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes has all the ingredients for you to make this Valentine’s Day your own.

Budding chefs looking to impress that certain someone with theirculinary expertise on Valentine’s Day need look no further, as Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes will be hosting a special Valentine’s meal master class on Wednesday 25th January showcasing exactly how to create the perfect three-course romantic Italian meal. Simply named A Cena Da Me – Dinner at Mine, the £35 class promises to deliver the wow-factor with delicious Italian home cooking. Enthusiastic cooks will be shown how to prepare a starter of Cestino di Parmigiano Reggiano con Insalatina – a light and tasty salad in a delicate parmesan basket, Risotto con Scampi e Prosecco – an impressive Langoustine & Prosecco risotto for main and Tartufi di cioccolato con sorpresa – beautifully wrapped chocolate truffles with surprise fillings to end, providing the perfect gift to give to someone as a token of your affection. The class will be very relaxed in true Italian style and guests will enjoy cooking and eating their dishes accompanied by two glasses of wine, as the evening unfolds at a leisurely pace.

Say it with flowers and send Carluccio’s twist on a romantic classic - Rosa Baccarat, a traditional long stem rose, made with the finest milk chocolate. Whether you opt for a single rose (£3.95) or a statement bouquet of twelve (£39.95), this beautiful edible gift can be ordered online and delivered direct to your special someone’s home or workplace for the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise.

Carluccio’s stylishly seductive gift range also includes the devilishly good cuori di ciliegia(130g, £7.95) – whole rum-soaked cherries coated in dark chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder as well as a beautifully presented box of scatola di cuori (175g, £7.95) – gold-foil wrapped heart-shaped gianduja filled chocolates, both ideal for sharing.

Cake lovers will devour Carluccio’s bocconcini al liquore (190g, £4.95) – miniature pink sponge cakes soaked in liqueur with a hazelnut and cocoa filling, while the object of your affection will be under no illusion about your feelings when presented with a hand decorated chocolate bar declaring ‘amore.’ (50g, £1.95)

The more adventurous at heart will love Carluccio’s crema di gianduja (330g, £6.95) – a jar of hazelnut chocolate spread, delicious on warm toast and just the thing for a Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed.

For the perfect intimate evening at home, Carluccio’s has taken care of all the hard work and created a delicious Valentine’s take-away feast for two (£35). The gourmet hamper includes an antipasti selection of focaccia with baby cherry tomatoes, Puglian olives and the finest Italian sliced meats; asharing course of fresh wild boar tortellini with fresh Parmigiano and beautiful heart-shaped truffles for dessert. Coming complete with instructions on how to prepare and present your meal, a bottle of prosecco and an ediblechocolate rose for dressing the table, Carluccio’s has thought of everything to ensure your chosen Valentine will be suitably impressed on this most romantic of evenings.

For those who would prefer to do away with domestic responsibility altogether, Carluccio’s is embracing that loving feeling all week with a special Valentine’s menu, available from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February. Created to share with the apple of your eye at £25 per person, the four-course feast includes a delicious antipasto of chargrilled pepper and caper bruschetta to begin, followed by tortellini di barbabietola rossa – beetroot tortellini with a light butter sauce. Couples can then choose between seasonal mains of agnello con cavolo nero – tender rolled lamb with Italian cabbage, black olives and a punchy rosemary oil drizzle, or parmigiana di zucchini – layers of chargrilled courgettes baked with homemade tomato sauce, topped with melting taleggio cheese. Completing the mouth-watering menu is selezione di dolci – a trio of temptingly good Italian desserts to share, including a white chocolate panna cotta, a delicately flavoured raspberry tart and profiteroles in a white chocolate sauce.