A bottle of red and a bowl of white, whatever be the mood, Italian food sets it right! Well, we picked it up from somewhere coz we couldn’t agree more! Whether you are meeting clients (read investors) for business proposition (read start-ups), catching up with old friends or taking someone out on a special evening, you can never go wrong with Italiano. And if you are in Bangalore, the beer capital of India, you are going to have a tough time picking one from an overflowing number of restaurants spread across the city.
In our first week, we have put together for you a list of the seven must visit Italian restaurants where gourmet food has got company in great music and an unhurried ambiance.
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Chianti derives its name from a charmingly landscaped region in Italy that’s also known for its great wine. But it doesn’t stop with the name. With restaurants in Koramangala & Indiranagar, Chianti offers its patrons everything from hearty soups to handcrafted pastas, hand rolled pizzas and a fabulous collection of wine.
The passion for serving authentic Italian fare is truly reflected in their tastefully designed menu. And in case you want to try something out yourself, you can actually ‘make your own bruschetta’! The place like their food is stylish yet warm and full of life. Reserve a table here to get a flavour of the Italian countryside.
Smoke House Deli
The first thing that comes to the mind when someone mentions Smoke House Deli is the ‘ambiance’. The indoor décor and the outdoor setting of the restaurant is quite intriguing with illustrations on the wall and many other such quirks putting this all-day café and delicatessen on a must visit list.
At Smoke House Deli, Italian cuisine is served in a contemporary fashion, to gratify your gourmet taste buds. The spinach and ricotta ravioli is an epicurean’s delight but that could be no reason to not try out their wild mushroom risotto. Finally, to cuddle up in the seventh heaven, dig into their roasted almond ganache torte!
Situated close to Commercial Street on St. John’s road, this place could be easily missed if you haven’t heard of it before. But once you have been here, it would be difficult for you to forget what you are in for.
The gastronomic experience begins with the starters and continues to enthral you in the main course with its distinct & unflinching flavours. The top slot in their must try list is occupied by Spaghetti Lamb Bolognaise and if you a vegetarian, pasta with field veggies in olive oil is a must have.
Well informed attendants help you make the right selection for a great evening with friends or family. In all, a hidden gem that gives you a good value for money!
With outlets in Orion Mall, UB City & Whitefield, whichever part of the city you are in, you are never far from that perfectly thin crust pizza. Fusing recipes from the traditional Italian kitchen with the contemporary Italian cuisine, Toscano also offers an exotic assortment of salads and anti-pastis.
The warm yet vibrant atmosphere coupled with an exotic selection of wine will definitely remind you of the neighbourhood ristorante. So whether it’s a private party, a group event or a quiet dinner for two, Toscano been the preferred Italian fine dine restaurant of locals and visitors alike since 2005.
Little Italy proudly claims itself to be the pioneer of the romance between the Italian cuisine and the Indian taste buds. Their rendezvous with India began at a time when words like penne, fusilli and spaghetti drew crinkled foreheads.
But with their passion for quality and excellence this all vegetarian chain of Italian fine dine has made a place for itself in the hearts of its patrons across all age groups. And just in case their twenty plus pages of menu makes you feel like Alice in Wonderland, we have a few suggestions for you in the form of patate taormina and herbs garlic bread for starters, pasta puttanesca for the main course and panna cotta for a creamy finish. Buon appetito!
Check into this stylish, semi-formal restaurant for a casual dinner before taking on the nightlife in Bangalore.
Classic Italian dishes like ant-pastis, pizzas and pastas have been given a contemporary spin by Chef Paolo Nonino. Their gourmet menu also highlights exotic vegetarian, stewed, roasted, baked and grilled dishes while their extensive wine list, martinis and creative specialty drinks are often raved by the young and old professionals alike.
Word of advice: Reserve some space for the desserts for the connoisseur in you!
California Pizza Kitchen
Popularly known as CPK, this polished casual dining restaurant chain is known across the world for its innovative and futuristic pizzas like the BBQ Chicken Pizza. Their well-illustrated menu covers various kinds of pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. A must try would be the fire roasted vegetable pizza or the chilli lime spaghettini.
CPK is popular among the IT professionals both for weekday lunches and weekend hangouts. And in case you are planning your first visit to this place, we recommend you to try the three course meal & drinks deal on Little App that gives you the chance to experience the CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) at a great price.