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    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

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