Formatted for long eat- ing and drinking sessions, D’Gusto Italia reflects the spirit of festivities with Italian delicacies from freshly baked ciabatta and olives to soups, starters, pizzas, pasta, mains and dessert, all in a buffet.
Minestrone soup leads a line up of starters that includ- ed a fresh salad of tomatoes, olive oil, onions, garlic and pesto. The cot- tage cheese with Moroccan spices was reminiscent of our local paneer tikka but that was apparently inten- tional.
“Indians are used to a higher spice level and we’ve modified the food accordingly. After all, authen- tic Italian food is quite bland. No point having guests going at it with table spices and spoiling the taste. We’d rather add it ourselves,” shares chef Ram Mehraulia.
Fitting feast Fried calamari, aubergine caponata – chopped, fried eggplant and celery seasoned with sweetened vinegar and capers in a sweet and sour sauce and almonds were next and chicken chermoulah, another nod to Moroccon cuisine, concluded the starters and readied us nicely for the next course. Do try the quirky cock- tails, all in the grand James Bond theme – shaken and stirred! If it’s Italian, there’s got to be piz- za and pasta. So naturally, a Margherita, a quattro formaggio and a chicken pepperoni pizza appeared at our table and instantly vanished – a reflection of how good it was. The base is typically thin with generous toppings on a mildly flavoured layer of tomato puree. Pasta is made fresh at a live counter with a choice of arrabiata, pesto and alfredo sauces.
The signature Penne Vodka, a mix of arrabiata and cheese that blends into a creamy and tangy sauce, is certainly worth a try. Feeling desserted There’s also a good choice of des- serts with wine truffle, chocolate brownie, rice fritters with honey and gelato all part of the menu. Rs 399 upwards. At Koramangala. Details: 41160500