Carluccio’s opens in York
A new era for the former Terry’s shop as Carluccio’s opens on to St Helen’s Square in York. Photographs: Richard McDougall

We might expect an Italian restaurant to be designed in the best possible taste.

But as our pictures show, the new Carluccio’s has gone above and beyond with its sumptuously restored interiors.

It is the most-anticipated restaurant opening in York this year. And when it flings open its doors to the general public on Monday (March 27), you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

Carluccio’s opening

St Helen’s Square, York

Opens Monday, March 27

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The large windows are great for people watching

Carluccio’s opens in York
The bar on the ground floor

Every care has been taken to convert the historic buildings which once housed the Terry’s shop and TSB bank on St Helen’s Square.

The Grade II listed building is back to its glorious best, with a wonderfully reinstated feature staircase below the glass dome, beautiful floors and lighting, and stunning views across the square from the large windows.

Carluccio’s opens in York
It will be one of York’s largest restaurants
Carluccio’s opens in York
Carluccio’s open-plan design means diners can see through to the kitchen

To mark the launch of Carluccio’s, the restaurant are inviting York people to take advantage of an opening offer.

Everyone gets 50% off food on evening reservations after 5pm, from Monday, March 27 to Sunday, April 2 2017.

To claim, either call to book on 01904 656536 quoting code YORK2017, or visit the website here and select this code on the drop down menu.

Carluccio’s opens in York
This is reminiscent of a London hotel or ocean liner
Carluccio’s opens in York
The staircase is reinstated as a feature on the first floor

The 168-cover establishment offers a bar and restaurant spread over two floors. It is open for breakfasts, lunches, cocktails, dinners and everything in between.

Highlights of the menu include slow cooked duck pappardelle with pork, pancetta and mushrooms, as well as crab macaroni in a creamy cheese sauce.

A collection of new hand-stretched, thin and crispy pizzas are also likely to prove popular.

Carluccio’s opens in York
This panorama gives a feeling of the scale of the new enterprise
Carluccio’s opens in York
These wonderful views over St Helen’s Square mean you can sit and watch the world go by

Terry’s Bar on the ground floor is named in honour of the building’s confectionary history.

It is there for people to enjoy an apertivo before they dine or a digestive after a meal. The Carluccio’s mixologists have even invented a new cocktail especially for York – the Chocolate Orange Negroni.

And there is even room for expansion. An atmospheric room at the top of the building, now empty, will be renovated ready to become a space for private functions, perhaps in time for summer.

Carluccio’s opens in York
The Carluccio’s team. Left to right: head chef Michael Cushing, general manager Jenny Turang and assistant general manager Dominic Bolton
Carluccio’s opens in York
A view from the stairs
Carluccio’s opens in York
This top floor room is empty now, but the plan is to turn it into a function room later in the year