Open (cooking times)
Morning coffee & pastries Thursday - Sunday 9am-11.45am
Lunch Thursday - Sunday 12.00pm-2.45pm*
Dinner Friday & Saturday 6pm-9pm*
*We’re a small family business with young children so every now and then, special occasions and what not, these times change.
Olive (vg) £3.00
Nocellara olives marinated with garlic, lemon & fennel seeds
Giardiniera (vg) £3.50
Pickled summer vegetables
Alici marinate £4.50
Anchovies marinated with chilli & garlic
Pane cafone (vg) £3.50
Sourdough bread with new season extra virgin olive oil from my grandparents’ neighbour Lina
Vedura e fagioli (vg) £8.00
My grandma’s recipe of greens & beans. In the south this kind of dish is known as cibo povero - food of the poor
Polpette di pane (v) £8.00
When meat was a luxury, a Sunday ragu would be made with bread-balls but we loved them just the same. They are made with sourdough, eggs, herbs and cooked in our family’s tomato sauce
Baccala al sugo £8.00
Salt cod with preserved tomatoes, capers & Gaeta olives
Capocollo di Zia Mariagrazia e caciocavallo £11.50
High up on Mount Taburno my auntie makes many wonderful things, inclusing this cured pork neck, and Valentina ages this cows’ cheese in caves on the mountain.
’Ndunderi con broccoli rabe e provolone (v) £15.50
Ricotta gnocchi with broccoli & smoked mozzarella
Seppie, zucca e ceci £16.00
Squid slow braised with squash & chickpeas
Polpettone con funghi trifolati £16.00
Minced organic beef & pork rolled with smoked mozzarella & spinach
(kind of like a meat loaf), served with truffled mushrooms
Pappardelle al ragu’ napoletano £16.50
In Naples ragu’ is made like this. We slow cook different cuts of organic beef & pork in our family’s tomato sauce, wine & basil and serve with wide ribbons of fresh pasta
with espresso & rum
Torta ricotta e pera £6.50
A recipe from Amalfi with buffalo ricotta, pears & hazelnuts.
Bombolone alla vaniglia £6.50
Doughnut filled with vanilla cream
Gelato a mandorle con cioccolato e cantucci £6.50
Homemade almond gelato, almond biscuits, chocolate sauce
Formaggi, taralli e marmellata di peperoncino £10.50
Cheeses from the mountain with baked breadsticks and chilli jam
If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements please let us know before ordering. Nuts are present here in our kitchen. We buy most of our herbs & vegetables from the Windmill Community Gardens here in Margate. Our meat comes from the award winning Butchers Worgan’s in Littlebourne. Seafood is from Fruits de Mer in Broadstairs.
Our dairy is from Hinxden Dairy in Cranbrook. Nearly all of our Italian produce is from our family and friends in Campania. If you have any questions please ask!
As well as our shop we have a small kitchen and cook lunch Thursday – Sunday and dinner on Fridays from 6pm. (Also we’ll be open for dinner a few Saturdays in August - the 3rd, 10th 24th and 31st)
We make fresh pasta every morning with ancient grains flour imported from Cooperativa Lentemente in Sannio and local free range eggs. Menus change depending on the seasons. We use much of the Italian ingredients we have in the shop and also buy fresh produce from local farms and suppliers. Our fresh meat comes from Worgan’s Butchers in Littlebourne. Fish & seafood is caught daily by Fruits de Mer in Broadstairs. Dairy is from Hinxden Farm Dairy in Cranbrook. Fruit, herbs and vegetables are mostly from Windmill Community Gardens here in Margate.
Our wine list features many wonderful southern Italian wines, from small producers, much of it organic and natural.
Booking is advisable as we’re only small! Book here..
We host Supper Clubs once a month too..
Most of what we sell in our shop we import ourselves (a few things we buy from Italian importers here, such as wine but we’re working towards importing that ourselves too). Much of the produce is made by our family and friends, everything is produced artisanally with the very best ingredients and time-honoured recipes.
We are located in the heart of Margate’s Old Town, just a minutes walk from the sea and the Turner Contempory and we’re open Thursday – Sunday.
We’ve had lots of nice things said about us since we’ve opened and we’re extremely grateful for that - thank you. Here are a few of them…
Grace Dent, The Guardian
Heroically wondrous… Bottega Caruso serves possibly some of the best Italian food in modern Britain.
Zeren Wilson, Bitten & Written
A little ripsnorter of a place.
Jacob Kennedy, Bocca di lupo
A touchingly intimate and heartwarming place. Without doubt the most authentic and homely Campanian food I've ever had anywhere outside of the region.
You’ll see pasta made by hand, and wonder at how this modest set-up can send out such spectacular dishes.
Michelin Guide 2020
The pastas are made fresh every day… service is engaging and heartfelt.
The Good Food Guide 2019
By the time your plates are cleared, you’ll want to adopt Simona Di Dio’s family as your own.
The pasta from @bottegacaruso was so good I wanted to cry when I finished it all.
@bottegacaruso are literally weaving my dreams into reality by being here.
This week's ravioli was insanely good - thank you!
Marina F, Trip advisor
The best food ever.
Philip E, Trip Advisor
Harry and Simona's Bottega is fantastic!
Dorset186262, Trip Advisor
Stunning Italian food!
Flaviana T, Trip Advisor
Beautiful Italian food!
Tanya R, Twitter
Your pasta is transcendent!
Andrew0503, Trip Advisor
MCIo427, Trip Advisor
Authentic Southern Italian slice of heaven
Smeesue, Trip Advisor
I don’t want to share it!
Aperol Spritz Aperol, prosecco & soda £7.50
Campari Spritz Campari, prosecco & soda £7.50
Gin & tonic Made with Rivo gin which is handmade by Lake Garda with foraged botanicals, served with organic Italian tonic £8.50
Negroni Rivo Gin, Campari & Oscar 697 red vermouth £8.50
Oscar 697, dry white vermouth Bergamot & elderflower notes, tannic savoury finish £7.50
Oscar 697, red vermouth Rhubarb & liquorice, burnt sugar £7.50
Beers & cider 330ml
Birra Ichnusa non filtrata, Assemini, Sardinia 5.0% abv £3.95
Refreshing unfiltered lager from the island of Sardinia
Route 148 Blonde Ale, Eastside Brewing, Lazio 5.0% abv £5.50
Unpasteurised, velvety golden ale
La P’ipa IPA, Birrificio Menaresta, Lombardy 5.6% abv £5.75
Strong, bitter & hoppy yet crisp and refreshing
San Dalmazzo Saison, Birrificio Menaresta, Lombardy 5.2% abv £5.75
Hoppy & creamy, easy to drink
Ul Belgun, Birrificio Menaresta, Lombardy 8.6% abv £7.00
Strong trappiste style beer
Sidro secco, Angioletti, Trentino 5.0% abv £4.75
Crisp dry cider
White wines 750ml / 175ml
Pecorino, Poggio Anima, Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo 2017 £19.75 / £5.75
Dry and medium bodied, the grapes are hand harvested early to keep the grapes fresh & fragrant.
Falanghina, Cantina del Taburno, Foglianise, Campania 2016 £27.00 / £7.50
From Simona’s village Foglianise high up in the mountains of Sannio, this falanghina is dry and intense with notes of pineapple & pear.
Verdicchio La Distesa, Cupramontana, Marche 2017 (organic) £31.00 / £8.00
Greco di Tufo DOCG, Benito Ferrara, Avellino, Campania 2016 £34.00
From the volcanic hills of Avellino in Campania this Greco is crisp but full, complex and peachy.
Grillo, Barraco, Marsala, Sicily 2016 (organic) £38.00
Before the British demand for sweet Marsala, wines from here were more like this - dry & saline. These old bush vines grow amongst sea flora close to the coast.
Procanico, Le Coste, Gradoli, Lazio 2016 (biodynamic) £39.00
Powerful golden wine from the hills of Lake Bolsena in Lazio
Biancolella e Falanghina ‘Ravello’, Marisa Cuomo, Costa d’Amalfi 2017 £40.00
Award winning elegant creamy white from the beautiful town of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast
Fiano, Gaia, Cantina Giardino, Campania 2014 (organic) £49.00
From 90 year old vines over clay, limestone and volcanic deposits this energetic and floral wine is aged for a year on its lees in chestnut and acacia barrels. A unique and natural expression of this wonderful grape.
Rose wines 750ml / 175ml
Nerello Mascalese rosato Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Mount Etna, Sicily 2016 £30.00
A bright & vibrant rose made from the Nerello Mascalese grape on the northern slopes of Mount Etna.
Frappato & moscato rosato ‘Lamoresca’, Sicily 2015 (organic) £38.00
The grapes are given a gentle press and aged in concrete. Aromatic and savoury stewed plums.
Susumaniello rosato ‘Xira’, Christiano Guttarolo, Gioia del Colle, Puglia 2015 (organic) £38.00
A wonderfully complex & natural rosato made from a direct press of the local Susumaniello grape. Unfiltered, cloudy and beautiful.
Procanico & Ansonica, Trish Nelson, Gazzetta, Bolsena, Lazio 2016 (organic) £43.00
Fermented on skins and aged in chestnut for a year, this is structured and spiced with tannins.
Coda di Volpe, Paski, Cantina Giardino, Irpinia, Campania 2016 (organic) £45.00
‘Tail of the Fox’. Orange wine, intense, fresh flowers & honey.
Red wines 750ml / 175ml
Primitivo, Poggio Anima, Salento, Puglia 2017 £19.75 / £5.50
Good quality, simple, juicy red from the hot southern tip of Italy.
Aglianico, Rocca del Principie, Irpinia, Campania 2015 £27.00 / £7.50
Brought over by Greek settlers, aglianico is one of the predominant grapes of the south and comes in a variety of styles. This is not too heavy, smooth and elegant.
Sangiovese, ‘Rosso di Gaetano’, Le Coste, Gradoli, Lazio (biodynamic) £34.00 / £8.00
Lively, juicy and pure sangiovese from young vines, handmade by Gianmarco & Clementine.
Frappato, Lamoresca, San Michele di Ganzaria, Sicily 2017 (organic) £39.00
Frappato grapes produce wonderfully light red wines that burst with intense cherry flavours - served chilled.
Primitivo ‘Amphora’, Christiano Guttarolo, Gioia del Colle, Puglia 2016 (organic) £45.00
Warm & intense, this wonderful wine is made from high altitude biodynamically prepared vines and aged in clay amphora. Bottled without fining, filtration or sulfur. Remarkable stuff!
Pinot Noir, Montebruno Winery, Williamette Valley, Oregon, USA (biodynamic) £43.00
Joe’s grandparents left our village Foglianise in the 50’s and taught him Campania’s winemaking philosophies.
Aglianico, ‘Nude’, Cantina Giardino, Taurasi, Campania 2008 (organic) £55.00
From 90 year old vines this wine is fermented for nearly 2 months on skins in large chestnut botti. It’s 10 years old now, almost tawny in colour, but fresh and special. A wonderful aglianico.
Aglianico, Cantina Giardino, Taurasi, Campania 20017 (organic) £60.00
Bottled in a magnum, this aglianico is youthful with ripe raspberries.
Santa Croce, Santa Croce del Sannio, Campania 40% abv £7.50
Fruit & herb liquer from Santa Croce del Sannio
Strega, Benevento, Campania 40% abv £7.50
Liquor made from 72 herbs in our hometown of Benevento
Grappa Barricata, Cantina del Taburno, Foglianise, Campania 40% abv £9.75
Made from 100 year old vines in my village Foglianise and aged in chestnut barrels
Coffee Our coffee is roasted in Naples and our milk’s from Hinxden Farm Dairy in Cranbrook
Espresso / Double £2.00 / £2.25
Macchiato / Lungo £2.50
Cappuccino / Latte £2.75
Tea & infusions £2.50
Assam Breakfast, Assam, India
Red Dragon black tea, Yunnan, China
Apple & melon, Foglianise, Italy
Green tea, Himalayas, Nepal (organic)
Blackcurrant & hibiscus
Still or fizzy mineral water 500ml £2.50
Crodino non-alcoholic aperitif, bitter-sweet orange with a hint of vanilla £2.25
Cedrata a refreshing drink made from the fruit citron £2.75
Chinotto like an Italian root £2.75
Aranciata/limonata organic sparkling orange / sparkling lemon £3.95
Organic Italian apple juice £3.75
Organic iced green tea with peach £3.95