There is nothing better than finding a new restaurant that ticks all the boxes; good food, service, and reasonably priced.
Liverpool is a city packed with restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs so deciding where to enjoy a meal out can be a hard task at times.
Away from the main areas such as Castle Street and Bold Street there is one Italian tucked away in the city centre that I visited for the first time this week – and will definitely be visiting again.
My friend and I were looking for somewhere for a late night meal where we could enjoy a drink but was also dog-friendly, and Carlisi offers all of this.
Despite having lived in Liverpool my whole life, there are still so many restaurants I’m yet to try, so when a couple of friends suggested trying Carlisi I decided to put it to the test.
Based on Dale Street, Carlisi is a small, family run independent with its plain turquoise exterior giving nothing away.
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Once inside, my friend and I saw food already at a table close by and it looked amazing, so we had high hopes for when our order arrived.
We ordered a charcuterie board to start which came with a mixture of cheeses, meats and a variety of toasted breads too.
For our mains we both choose the lasagna which is based on a family recipe.
Other dishes on the menu include a range of breakfast/brunch options, bruschettas, salads and sharing boards. The menu changes seasonally so depending when you visit there may be slight differences.
Staff were attentive and even gave the dog a water bowl and ensured we had everything we needed.
The restaurant had a laid-back approach, with its offering simple, relaxed yet welcoming too. I know there will still be people nervous visiting a restaurant with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but staff made sure everyone was well spaced out, everywhere was clean and the site was covid-secure.
We both felt comfortable dining here.
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When the food arrived, the charcuterie board was bigger either of us expected – definitely worth the £7.50 each.
Staff didn’t rush us in between courses either, with our waiter checking we were ready for our main before serving us. The lasagna came with some bread.
It tasted like authentic Italian and was a massive portion – I couldn’t even finished mine.
The hospitality sector is facing such an uncertain time causing worry for everyone, so if you can afford to and are comfortable to do so I would definitely recommend visiting this Italian.