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Wood-Whomp-Wonderful

This one has been around for a while, but it’s only the true blue foodies of Chandigarh who frequent it. Forno, in Sector 35, Chandigarh, and in Sector 9, Panchkula, is finally being reviewed by HT City, not just for its Italian fare, but the newly introduced Indian spread as well.

brunch Updated: Nov 20, 2012 10:33 IST
Somya Abrol

This one has been around for a while, but it’s only the true blue foodies of Chandigarh who frequent it. Forno, in Sector 35, Chandigarh, and in Sector 9, Panchkula, is finally being reviewed by HT City, not just for its Italian fare, but the newly introduced Indian spread as well.


You know how there are some edibles that can make up for a rough day? Forno’s mix-sauce pasta serves the purpose. With the vegetarian version complete with bell peppers, olives, mushrooms and broccoli, the white sauce sinfully creamy and flavourful consistency of the red sauce, the pasta at Forno proves to be an absolute delight, except you’re left wanting it a little saucier. Though they have a number of options on the menu, we recommend you get yours made according to preference. Next on the list is the chicken shish—succulent char grilled pieces of chicken served with hummus and pita bread—transcends you to those Israeli base camps in the hills.

Merely writing about this is mouthwatering—wood-fired oven pizzas. What we like about Forno’s pizzas is that it offers you the simple vegetables, herbs, tomato sauce and cheese version, without trying to go overboard with show-off or the so-called Indian innovation. And let’s not forget their oh-so-creamy broccoli soup. This form of broccoli even the kids can’t afford to hate. You can, however, afford to give the lasagna a miss.

For a place that serves such delectable Italian, you’d think Indian would be a letdown. You’re wrong! Try their veg platter of Indian starters—the seekh kebab is melt-in-mouth from the centre with a charred crusty exterior, the paneer haryali kebab is brilliantly marinated and the tandoori gobhi reminds you of your naani’s gobhi ka achaar.

For the main course, go for the lahsuni chicken or the paneer tikka butter masala. Don’t depend on the breads being perfect. Instruct the waiter how you’d like yours specifically.