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“In a market that sometimes feels saturated with inoffensive high street chains, it’s refreshing to come across a restaurant for whom passion for produce remains a guiding principle. At the heart of Carlo Distefano’s business empire lies a real appreciation for quality ingredients – and it shows!”

This extract from Birmingham’s What’s On Guide’s review of our San Carlo restaurant in Temple Street was music to our ears, for it strikes at the heart of our philosophy – our passion for produce is key. Find out what happened when the Guide dropped by to review us here… Read more…






We’re celebrating another award-winning month with our San Carlo restaurant in Leeds city centre and Cicchetti at Piccadilly, London both claiming industry accolades.

San Carlo in Leeds won ‘Best European Restaurant’ in H&N Magazine’s Eat Awards.  Voted for by the public, the Yorkshire lifestyle publication recognised our South Parade restaurant as outstanding in its category and presented the winning certificate to General Manager Angelo Plazzi earlier this month.

In the Capital, Cicchetti Piccadilly was successful in Prestige Events Magazine’s COOL Venue Awards.

The finals for the annual event, which is currently in its 9th year, took place at Cafe de Paris on Thursday 3rd March.


Our Cicchetti bar and restaurant on St James’ was shortlisted in the ‘COOLest Italian’ category, beating others including Theo Randall, The River Cafe and Jamie’s Italian Restaurants to the coveted top spot.

We now have our fingers crossed for the Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards which take place on Monday 21st March where San Carlo Leeds has been shortlisted for ‘Best Italian’.

We’d also welcome your nominations in the Birmingham Food Drink & Hospitality Awards.  Vote for our San Carlo Birmingham and Fumo, Birmingham restaurants here:




Pasqua (Easter) in Italy is a time for coming together with friends and family to feast and celebrate new life, with tables overflowing with an abundance of culinary delights.

At San Carlo, we share this passion for life, friends, family and great food and our restaurants offer the ideal setting for your family celebration. With Good Friday falling on March 25th, Easter will soon be upon us, with San Carlo restaurants open every day over the holiday, why not let us take care of your family gathering. For all locations and reservation details please go to





Mother’s Day is a big occasion in Italy – one of the most important holidays in the Italian year, a day when families traditionally come together from wherever they are to celebrate and look after their Mother.

At San Carlo we love family gatherings and celebrations so we are the perfect venue to treat your Mamma and Nonna to a memorable meal on Sunday 6th March.

Our award-winning restaurants will be serving the extensive a la carte menu of regional Italian food as well as a selection of seasonal and seafood specials from noon until late.

Excellent food, together with an impressive wine list, outstanding service and a buzzing atmosphere make San Carlo Group restaurants the ideal venue for this special day – and any occasion.

Book your table at or call your restaurant of choice to make a reservation.


Still looking for that special Valentines Day surprise?  Let us do the hard work for you, after all, Italian is the food of love!

We have a limited number of tables available at our restaurants, to find your nearest location and make that all important reservation go to and choose locations.





Looking for the perfect treat for your mum this Mother’s Day?

Our award-winning restaurants will be serving the extensive a la carte menu of regional Italian food as well as a selection of seasonal and seafood specials from noon until late on Sunday 6th March.

Excellent food, an impressive wine list, outstanding service and a buzzing atmosphere make San Carlo the ideal venue for saying thank you to a loved one.

Book your table at


Italian is the language of love and Italy is one of the most romantic cities in the world so Valentine’s Day is understandably one of the annual festivals celebrated with enthusiasm with lovers taking the opportunity to express affection with gifts and cards.

Our five-course Valentine’s Day set menu has been created with passion and love, with every dish carefully crafted to ensure your special one is spoilt for choice.

So, whether you’re on a first date, dining with your husband or wife or planning a proposal, make San Carlo your choice for Sunday 14 February this year.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s on offer:
Starters include Carpaccio of Tuna; thinly sliced sashimi grade tuna with citrus and pink peppercorn dressing or Tagliolini Con Aragosta; a special egg pasta from Venice with lobster, brandy, cream and a hint of tomato.

After a prosecco and lemon sorbet choose from main courses such as Gamberoni E Capesante Thermidor; giant Madagascan prawn with king scallops in classic thermidor sauce or Tournedo Rossini; fillet of 28 days matured Angus beef with Madeira sauce topped with chicken liver pate.

Finish your meal with one of our homemade Italian desserts, coffee and petit fours.

The full Valentine’s Day menu and prices are now available on our website. Dishes and prices vary on the San Carlo Leicester and Signor Sassi, Knightsbridge Green menus. Booking is essential.


Join the San Carlo celebrations this New Year – and enjoy a superb five-course Italian dinner.

There’s only a few tables remaining to see out 2015 at one of our restaurants nationwide so don’t delay in making a booking!

This year’s set menu is sensational with starters such as Gamberoni San Carlo, large king prawns sautéed in lemon juice, paprika, garlic and fresh parsley and Salmone Affumicato, smoked salmon with thinly chopped white shallots and capers.

Then, after a Champagne Sorbet palate cleanser, diners can choose from main course dishes including Filetto al Pepe, Fillet steak served with creamy green peppercorn sauce and Halibut in Salsa D’Aragosta, halibut in lobster sauce.

Finish your meal with a choice of homemade Italian desserts, coffee and petit fours.

So, gather your family and friends for fabulous food and indulge with us for the final festival of 2015 – Il Capodanno!


Italians love festivals and the ending of the old year and beginning of the new year, Il Capodanno, is a great time to celebrate in Italy.

It’s also a great time to celebrate in the UK, if you choose to see in 2016 in San Carlo style, with our superb five-course menu available at our restaurants nationwide.

As with most Italian celebrations, food plays a major role at New Year, so gather your and family and friends together for a fabulous feast.

From Bristol to Birmingham and Leicester to Leeds, options on the set New Year’s Eve dinner menu include Tagliolini Con Aragosta, Special egg pasta from Venice cooked with lobster, brandy, cream and with a hint of tomato; Seabass Signor Sassi, Pan fried seabass fillets white wine and garlic, seasonal winter mushrooms and a choice of homemade Italian desserts.

Our Christmas lunches and dinners are filling up fast so if you’d like to celebrate with San Carlo this festive season, don’t delay in booking your table.



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