Just a few hundred yards from the centre of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, you will find Carletto, an independently-run Italian restaurant that prides itself on the quality of its ingredients and authentic cuisine. Being situated so close to the centre of this small market town makes Carletto a popular choice for those looking for a quick bite to eat at lunch or a lingering evening meal before moving onto one of the country pubs surrounding the area.
Looking deceptively small from the outside, Carletto is able to seat up to seventy people at any one time in its contemporary dining room. With white-washed walls throughout, stone floors in the front dining room and polished wooden floors in the back rooms, Carletto fully embodies chic Italian design. Marcus Jefford, the new owner, knows a thing or two about good service thanks to his two AA rosettes from his Cocina restaurant in Chesterfield. So whether you are dropping in for an intimate meal for two or a casual lunch with friends, you’ll be looked after.
The menu, as you would expect is a showcase for authentic Italian cuisine. With a particular emphasis placed on pasta and risotto dishes you can expect to enjoy plates such as classic spaghetti napoletana in a rich tomato sauce with onion, basil and olive oil; salmone agli zucchini, courgette with white wine and onion; and risotto piselli e asparagi cooked using prawns, peas and white wine. As each dish is prepared to order, gluten-free pasta is available upon request and for vegetarians, many of the dishes can be prepared appropriately. With special lunch menus and a daily specials board, there are plenty of reasons to visit Carletto, and not one of them will break the bank.
Carletto Italian restaurant in Ashbourne is truly a little slice of Italy in Derbyshire. With delicious, authentic food, a bright and airy venue and fantastic staff, you can’t go wrong with a trip to one of the town’s most popular restaurants.