POWER LIST 2019, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Matt Dale, Head of Food Operations, Carluccio’s


High street favourite Carluccio’s has encountered some turbulent times in the last 18 months, joining the throng of casual dining chains that have consolidated their store portfolios in the face of enormous cost pressure.

A £10m cash injection has enabled it to embark on a ‘Fresca’ revitalisation programme aimed at refurbishing selected sites into new-ambience, art-deco restaurants with renewed substance and style.

The success of a pilot store in Richmond and the subsequent roll-out of the strategy to other sites has been an important milestone for the chain.

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With fresh emphasis on recruiting, training and developing teams, and a clear plan to re-assert and build on its credentials, the company is adamant it has turned a corner.

Enhanced design and service are two key pillars of the new strategy, but it’s the third element – food – where Matt Dale comes.

Revitalising its menu is an essential component of the programme and the former Bill’s man is focused on elevating that part of the business.

“The late Antonio Carluccio’s food legacy is one of authentic, fuss-free Italian recipes using the best quality ingredients. I look forward to carrying forward this ethos as we update and modernise the menu in line with the brand’s revitalisation programme,” he says.


Company: Carluccio’s
Address: 35 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9EB
Tel: 020 7580 3050
Twitter: @Carluccioscaffe
Focus: Authentic Italian food

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