If my first experience is anything to go by, I already feel sorry for the thousands of customers that will flock (and have already flocked) to the shiny new San Carlo Bottega in Manchester’s Selfridges…
The likes of Helen Flanagan et al will, I suspect, be there tweeting selfies of themselves sucking on strands of spaghetti; footballers and their WAGs will relish being seen showing off their meatball skills…
No doubt Manchester’s foodie glitterati will be there getting special attention and certain bloggers will be gratefully receive their carefully prepared free food and will no doubt love it too…
The place is undoubtedly set to become a roaring success…
But what sort of substandard shortcuts can the rest of us nobodies expect?
Expect them to take the absolute pisa with the Eggs Benedict – NO ham, sorry looking eggs and a couple of paltry splats of split hollandaise.
Expect to part with £6.95 for ONE sausage and a dodgily cooked duck egg.
Expect average, under seasoned Gnocci Gorgonzola in an over seasoned Parmesan basket.
Expect stodgy Sicilian Arancini – if you are lucky (like I was) at least one of them may have a decent amount of meat ragu and a whole pea inside.
Expect the Fagiolini (green beans with olive oil & lemon) to be the best of a bad bunch of the things thing you eat.
Expect tasty N’duja and Mozzarella, albeit on burned bruschetta.
Expect the worst and you may just come away pleased.
You can expect friendly service.