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    Creamy risotto, thin crust pizza and pasta experiments — La Cucina is worth a try if you’re vegetarian

    Kilpauk’s newest Italian restaurant, La Cucina on Ormes Road, was born not out of necessity, but the enthusiasm of two sisters, Abirami and imageNirosha. Like most first-time restaurateurs in the city, this 20-something duo was also fuelled by an urge to CUCINA5“run a restaurant.” And with no former experience in the same (Abirami worked with Ernst & Young, while
    Nirosha is a literature graduate), they enlisted the help of a consultant to set up their 1,000 sq ft space. This vegetarian restaurant seems full on weekends, so we paid them a visit just 20 days after their launch.
    With not much to write home about in terms of interiors, La Cucina keeps things basic and functional. And going by recommendation (and a bit of insisting) we order a pizza, risotto and an unusual pasta, paired with mocktails from their bar. CUCINA12The butternut risotto is satisfyingly creamy with plenty of parmesan and vegetables. I especially like the occasional bursts of sweet corn it offers. The carciofi pizza arrives brushed with Alfredo sauce and mozzarella. And while we can forgive the brittle portion that spent too much time in the oven, we’re not too happy that the artichoke slices are few and far between.
    Their crispy penne though, is a nice little experiment of deep fried pasta tossed in a sweetish tomato concasse. But the chef would do well to be a lot more generous with the sauce, given that the penne packs a lot of crunch. As far as dessert goes, I’ll just say that my green apple mocktail, made by Abirami herself, trumps the chef’s tiramisu and pannacotta by a huge margin. With a few tweaks, La Cucina can definitely grow on you.
    Meal for two at approximately Rs 750. Details: 8754322193

    — Ryan Peppin

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