Godfather of Italian cuisine Antonio Carluccio: We've been looking to open in Bath for 10 years
The godfather of Italian cuisine dropped into Bath this week to officially open the latest addition to his restaurant chain.
Antonio Carluccio was in Bath on Tuesday to celebrate his first restaurant and delicatessen in the city, which has opened in Milsom Place.
He said his firm had been looking for premises in the city for ten years.
"Bath has just the right people for Carluccio's.
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"Carluccio's accommodates everybody who likes good food, good manners and good ambience," he said.
Despite opening just yards from Jamie Oliver's popular Italian restaurant, he said he was confident his menus would offer something new to Bath diners.
The 75-year-old said: "If it were an operation for just churning money I wouldn't be interested. I've kept myself away from the cheap circles who do publicity for supermarkets. I'm not earning the money but for me it is more important to keep my standards and people's respect for my food.
"I believe when you do something good in life you get the reward."
Mr Carluccio, who has a consultancy role within the chain, said other chefs attempted Italian cooking but few achieved it.
"When I came here 37 years ago I saw many restaurants doing Italian food but I call it Britalian. Spaghetti bolognese doesn't exist – it's tagliatelli bolognese.
"Italian food is classic. There are 20 regions delivering different dishes – why would you need to make them up?"
He added: "People can come and have whatever they want, whenever they want, breakfast at night, main course in the morning."
The business has created 35 jobs for the city.