Carluccio’s celebrates the Autumn Mushroom Season

Whether you prefer them in sauces, sautéed on toast or with a comforting risotto, the strengths and subtleties of mushrooms have been championed in Italian cooking for centuries

From September through to November, Carluccio’s will be celebrating the mushroom season with a special range of artisan deli products, pop-up markets and a specials menu enriched by treasures from the Antonio Carluccio’s book “The Quiet Hunt.”

Covent Garden Mushroom Wonderland

Escape the bustle of Covent Garden and step into Carluccio’s flagship store on Garrick Street. The outdoor terrace will be transformed into a mushroom kingdom, transporting guests to the forests that Antonio so cherished. Fitted with outdoor toadstool seating and an impressive mushroom archway surrounding the entrance. Grab a seat on the mushroom throne for that Insta moment before heading to the restaurant or shop for your funghi fix.

Restaurant Specials

Whether in a hearty risotto, sautéed on toast, or in a creamy sauce, the mushroom has been a proud staple in Italian cuisine for centuries. From breakfast to dinner, there’s an array of Antonio’s mushroom dishes at your local. Start the morning with the new Portobello Benedict – poached eggs with hollandaise served on roasted portobello mushrooms. Lunch and dinner dishes include Mushroom Fonduta – mixed mushrooms in a rich taleggio sauce with white truffle oil, Porcini and Truffle Lasagne, Porcini and Portobello Risotto and Fillet Steak with truffle butter, served with a rich mushroom and porcini sauce.

Finish of with the ‘Bosco Incantato’ – a dessert inspired by Antonio’s vast collection of mushroom memorabilia – a ‘toadstool’ made with vanilla & chocolate ice cream, chocolate & hazelnut sauce, pistachios, hazelnuts, fresh raspberries and panettone.

What’s more, buy two main courses from the mushroom menu and receive a free bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal* when you sign-up online and redeem your voucher beforehand at


As foraging for wild mushrooms was Antonio passion and a national pastime in Italy – Carluccio’s has packaged up some delicious standout products available for purchase in-store or online including:

  • Risotto con tartufi e porcini (250g, £5.95) – An easy to make risotto with dried porcini and truffle pieces. You will only need butter and parmesan to create a creamy and rich risotto.
  • Burro al tartufo (80g, £5.25) – Truffle butter with black summer truffle. Delicious with pasta, rice, polenta or potatoes. Spread on small pieces of crostini toast for a special antipasto.
  • Olio al tartufo (55ml, £7.95) – Olive oil infused with white truffle. A few drops will bring dishes to life…
  • Crema di porcini e tartufi (80g, £3.95) – A cream of porcini mushroom and truffle, ideal to stir through a long pasta such as pappardelle or use as a decadent crostini.
  • Tritato di funghi e tartufi (80g, £5.95) – Coarsely ground mushrooms & truffle. Perfect for instant crostini & wonderful topping for a steak.

Peter Morrell Editor comments “I’ve been using the Tritato di Funghi e Tartufi in my cooking recently. As well as using it as a topping, I have stirred a couple of heaped teaspoonfuls into pasta sauces just before serving. The earthy taste of the mushrooms and truffles is delicious and really lifts the flavour to an entirely new level.”

Pop-up Markets

A veritable treasure trove of funghi delights, Carluccio’s authentic mushroom markets will offer visitors the chance to graze upon a delectable selection of fresh, dried, wild and cultivated mushrooms alongside street-food style dishes. Mushroom arancini will be served alongside freshly baked topped focaccia, Antonio’s mushroom strudel and home-made truffle butter and wild mushroom risotto with an option to garnish with freshly grated truffle. (The dishes on sale may vary between locations.)

For those wanting to learn a bit more, Carluccio’s experts will also be on hand to teach visitors how to experiment with different varieties of mushroom and how to introduce new products to the kitchen store cupboard.

  • Stratford Town Centre Food Festival (Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September) – Stratford-upon-avon, Warwickshire,CV37 6EF. From 10am to 6pm. (5pm Sunday). Wild mushrooms & street food.
  • Carluccio’s Windsor (Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September) – 28 Windsor Royal Station, Windsor SL4 1PJ. From9am until 6pm (5pm Sunday). Wild mushrooms & street food
  • Carluccio’s Hampstead (Saturday 12th October) – 32-34 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 1NH. From 9am to 6pm. Wild mushrooms only