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Caldesi, Bray

Muddy says: Very classy authentic Italian food for special occasions, large get-togethers (in the courtyard) and romantic meals with your beloved.

Inspired by Giancarlo’s rural upbringing in Tuscany, Katie and Giancarlo opened Caldesi in Campagna, meaning Caldesi in the Country, in 2007. The Caldesi’s are passionate about seasonal and sustainable ingredients and use local produce such as game, meat and eggs where possible. They are proud of their authentic Italian cooking and herb garden where diners can eat al fresco.

The authenticity of their cooking, warmth of their welcome and efficiency of their operation are reflected by the number of loyal ‘regulars’ who wouldn’t put up with a week that didn’t include a Caldesi meal.

Caldesi in Campagna opened in Bray, Berkshire in 2007. Giancarlo is behind the stoves on a regular basis where the emphasis is on seasonal Italian food using local produce. Katie published the Italian Cookery Course in 2009 which has since been shortlisted for the Andre Simon Awards and the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Book of the Year award. In June 2010 Giancarlo was presented with the Cavaliere del Lavoro in by the Italian government for his lifetime work representing Italy abroad.

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