July 17, 2008
Ristorante Italia lights the fire
Italian designs by Versace and Valentino. Italian mysteries by Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri. If there’s anything that I’ll forgo both for, it has to be Italian food. So when Ristorante Italia opened its doors in Bangalore, I put aside the latest Brunetti book, picked up my Fendi bag and dialed my date.
The soothing green interiors set just set the right note for a fine dining experience. But what really made my evening were the obviously Italian chefs doing their thing in the live kitchen. No matter the jokes about Italian men and their mamas, dahlings, no one can work dough like they can.
So we drank with our eyes as the chefs crafted the Cappellacci alla Montanara, hand-made pasta filled with ricotta served with ragu, mushroom cream and oregano, and Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, gnocchi with tomato mozzarella and basil.
For the secondo, we chose Pollo alla Diavola (a very spicy grilled chicken) and Melanzane alla Parmigiana (aubergine parmigiana). And we couldn’t resist sampling a pizza straight off the wood-fired oven: We had a hard time deciding between Mozzarella e Rucola (tomato sauce, caprino cheese, mozzarella and rocket), Capricciosa (tomato sauce, mozzarella with ham, mushroom and artichokes), Bianca con Pomodorini e Rucola (mozzarella, cherry tomato and rocket) and Gamberetti (tomato sauce, mozzarella and shrimps).
My date still had space for dessert — Mascarpone al Limone (lemon mascarpone) and profiteroles — while I contented myself with little nibbles.
Only an Italian holiday can top this, I’m thinking.
Ristorante Italia, 90/3, Opposite Innovative Multiplex, Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli, Bangalore-560037. Tel: 32473344/55. Meal for two would cost around Rs 1200 (without drinks).