Luciano’s: The new Italian restaurant in Surrey opened by Marco Pierre White’s son

Marco Pierre White’s son has opened a brand new Italian restaurant in Surrey.

Luciano’s in Woking, led by Luciano Marco Pierre White, aims to offer “affordable glamor” with its romantic and fun atmosphere, classically prepared Italian dishes, including fresh pasta, and modest prices.

The Commercial Way restaurant, which replaced the old place of Carluccio, opened its doors on Thursday 9 December and has already welcomed many customers who have praised the “delicious” cuisine.

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Marco, who lives in Wiltshire, near Box, visited the restaurant on Wednesday 15 December and said he was “very proud” of his son, who has now opened his third Luciano branch in the UK.

SurreyLive spoke with Luciano and Marco to find out more about the new restaurant.

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A ‘ni this, fun environment ‘

There are two other branches of Luciano – one in Exeter and another in Dorchester. Luciano said he chose Woking as his third location because he had many ties to Surrey and nearby Ascot.

From an early age, Luciano spent time in the kitchen with his father before going to work for Pierre Koffmann at the Berkeley Hotel. He then moved to Barcelona, ​​working under Albert and Ferran Adrià, before helping to open the English House in Singapore.

Restaurant Luciano (Woking) by Luciano Marco Pierre White - The restaurant opened last week, Luciano and Marco were both present today to discuss their new business.  Looking through the pass, left to right, Liam Sing (Executive Chef of the Luciano Group), Luciano Marco Pierre White and Marco Pierre White.  GL
Liam Sing, Executive Chef of the Luciano Group, with Luciano Marco Pierre White and Marco Pierre White

The 28-year-old explained that he created the Luciano’s menu by cooking and tasting dishes with his friends and family. He even used one of his grandmother’s meatball recipes as a starter.

He explained quite simply, “I just love to cook things that I love.

His iconic dishes on the menu include Gorgonzola Dolce by Sophia Loren, Carbonara, Baked Tagliolini with ham, Ragù by Mr. White and fresh pasta with black Italian truffle.

When SurreyLive visited the venue, adorned with brightly colored artwork by Andy Warhol on its pink walls, Luciano was busy cooking with executive chef Liam Sing, whom he previously worked with at Koffmann’s.

Luciano said: “Liam and I are very active. We are now in our third business and we love working in restaurants, knowing all the chefs and choosing them ourselves.

“We have a lot of time, a lot of patience. We understand that someone maybe hasn’t cooked before and that’s great. We have some really nice boys in the other restaurants who have come and started. work with us, and don’t have I don’t know anything, and now they can manage their own section or create dishes. “

Luciano, who designed the restaurant, said he also wanted to create “a pleasant and fun environment” for his staff and customers, and he even adapted the music to try to appeal to all tastes.

“The music is a little different, it’s eclectic,” he said. “Anyone who does Italian does the classic Italian songs. My girlfriend took me to this Italian restaurant in London and I thought the music was great and it was everywhere so I thought , you know what, i will do the same.

“It’s old music – 60s, 70s, 80s – and there’s a 21st century twist. We have Kanye West there. We also have jazz, so not all music has a lyrics. There’s a lot of jazz in there, inspired by my favorite hotels in New York and LA. “

Restaurant Luciano (Woking) by Luciano Marco Pierre White.
A look inside the restaurant

“They brought London standards to Woking”

Marco echoed his son’s feelings, saying ” the music is very cool “, like New Order’s Blue Monday played in the background.

He said that Luciano is a fourth generation of chefs in the family and that he has grown up in restaurants from a young age, learning and absorbing all that surrounds him.

However, Marco still teaches Luciano one thing. He said: ” The most important thing in life is to work hard. Work hard for your money. “

Restaurant Luciano (Woking) by Luciano Marco Pierre White - The restaurant opened last week, Luciano and Marco were both present today to discuss their new business.  Luciano and Marco in front of the restaurant on Commercial Way.  GL
Marco Pierre White said he was “very proud” of Luciano

The famous Michelin-starred chef explained that he was “kind of forced into this industry”, having followed his father’s trade in the 1970s. However, Luciano “made his own choice”.

He said: ” They are very intelligent young men, Luciano and Liam. They work really hard. What I love is I love that they cook the food you want to eat and make the food affordable – and that’s it.

“If you make it affordable and make it delicious, people will come back next week. They will come back once a week, once a month, once a fortnight, every three months.”

He added: “I just spoke to a couple of people when leaving and they all said it was delicious because they’ve never had pasta of this quality. It’s real Italian food, this are fresh pasta. “

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Marco said the restaurant offers “affordable glamor” which he says is “the future”. He continued: ” We don’t want to be a chain. We want it to be romantic, affordable and we want people to have fun. “

He also pointed out that everyone wants value for money and that he, Luciano and his team have worked hard to adapt everything to their market and demographics.

He said: “They brought London standards to Woking. You go to Cecconi, you go to Cipriani, you go to Daphne – everything is Italian. Luciano is up there with them, if not better, and that’s a fraction of the price. “

He added: ” I am very proud of him and I think it is very good that he did not follow his father’s way because you will always be judged. He made his own way in life. He loves Italian food and that’s what he wants to do and he’s his own man. ”

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