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All of Italy for you in one little place

For those, who have that constant craving to eat out at least once each week, you can most surely add this joint to your list, writes Chinmai Gupta.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 13:24 IST

The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you’re hungry again —George Miller, British writer True, Italian food can be as heavy as stone, if you end up at a joint where the chef thinks that cheese and cream are good enough to make anything taste good.

For all those of you who have that constant craving to eat out at least once each week, you can most surely add this joint to your list. With its entrance facing the outside of the semi-circular Defence Colony market, the restaurant is away from all hustle bustle.

It’s a good place to have a quiet dinner, with comfortable interiors, a peaceful ambience and soft music in the background. We recommend that you stick to light starters, so that you have enough space for the main course and dessert.

One good option is the Crostini Assortiti, which is basically a platter of crostini (little toast slices) with different toppings. The Funghai all Trapanese or Funghai Trifolati — sautéed or roasted mushrooms sprinkled with Italian herbs — are fresh, light, and quite a delight.

You can team up the starters, with the Minestrone, Asparagus or cream of mushroom soup, which is probably the creamiest and most delicious that you would have had. Little Italy has a huge range of super thin crust authentic Italian pizzas, with 32 vegetarian and 2 non-vegetarian options to pick from.

The Mediterranea with mozzarella, olives and artichokes is sumptuous as are the Rustic and Manali pizzas with their generous helpings of melted mozzarella cheese and freshly baked, extra thin bases. Add some garlic flavoured olive oil and oregano to the pizzas, and they become sinful.

If your Italian meal is incomplete without pasta, you can try the Lasagna alla gypsy, layers of pasta with vegetables and a cheesy-thick sauce. Better still, try the risotto, spaghetti or ravioli with your choice of sauce and vegetables. If you want to save some appetite for the dessert, you could pick on the baked dishes from the Second Course menu, that are lighter than the pasta.

There is a small assortment of dishes on the non-vegetarian menu, with the most famous being the lamb chops, chicken breasts and pepperoni pizza. Once you reach the best part of your meal, the dessert, you can have the Tiramisu or lemon cheesecake if you are a non-chocolate person.

But, the absolute must-have is the chocolate walnut brownie with vanilla ice cream that is served to you on a whistling, sizzling platter. Nothing in the world can replace that exquisite flavour of molten chocolate fused with vanilla ice cream. Reason enough to celebrate?

First Published: Nov 18, 2006 13:24 IST