For quite some time, Jamie Oliverâ€™s Italian in Cardiff has been enjoying â€œexclusive rightsâ€ to the area. With the opening of a rival Italian restaurant, however, the celebrity chefâ€™s restaurant just might have to prove itself worthy.
Another celebrity chef, Antonio Carluccio has just opened another Italian restaurant in the vicinity, in fact very close to Jamie Oliverâ€™s own. He is starting out with quite a competitive spirit, mind you. During the launch of his Italian diner at St. Davidâ€™s Centre, Carluccio sent out a message to his rival saying that Oliverâ€™s restaurant â€œisnâ€™t real Italian.â€ Strong words, arenâ€™t they?
And, if the feedback from the customers is any indication, Carluccio just might give Oliver a run for his money. According to Simon Kossoff, Carluccioâ€™s partner and the managing director of the restaurant, their customers have indeed been saying that they are the â€œreal deal.â€ And all this within a week of the opening!
Obviously, I have not had the honor of dining at Carluccioâ€™s new restaurant, but I wouldnâ€™t mind giving it a try. The prices do not seem too bad as well, with an average meal (including wine) costing about â‚¤17. This is another strong point in favor of Carluccio â€“ they say that people are quite happy with the price as well as the quality of the food. With the trend in Britain shifting from a fascination with French food to Italian food, no one will be surprised to see this new place flourish. I wonder what Jamie Oliver has to say about it all?