Located in N-block market of Greater Kailash-I, Spago rustles up gourmet Italian with such simplicity. The restaurant has recently been renovated, so expect dim lighting, floral accents, wooden furniture and a cafe style vibe. Though the food is exceptional, especially their Grilled King Prawns in a Spicy Harissa Olio, Saltimbocca, Grilled Artichoke Hearts stuffed with walnuts and Parmesan, and Lasagne Alla Bolognese – Their complimentary in-house bread basket is a sure shot winner. Savoured with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar and spruced up with pesto. You feel like you’re in Italy with every bite you take. If you’re in the mood to indulge, don’t miss out on their boozy Tiramisu & baked Torta Royale – the king of desserts.
Location: N-Block, Greater Kailash-I
Timing: 12:30 pm to 12 am
Price for Two: Rs. 2000
Artusi Ristorante e Bar
Located in Greater Kailash-II, this authentic abode lavishly celebrates the region of Emilia-Romagna. Artusi is the perfect place for a romantic Italian dinner candlelit with soothing music rifting through the air, an extensive wine list and truly gastronomic delights on offer. What should you order? Burrata with aged Prosciutto de Parma and caramelised figs, Pappardella Faraona home-made pasta with a ragu of chicken and herbs, Spaghetto All Amatriciana and their Tortelli hand made pasta pockets stuffed with a mix of pumpkins and a whole lot of Gorgonzola cheese. Their Lamb Chops are to die for, as well as their antipasti platter.
Location : M 24, M-Block Market, GK II
Timing: 11:30 am to 1 am
Price for Two: Rs. 3000
If you’re in search of a truly fine dining and authentic Italian experience, Travertino is just the ticket to Italy, that is!. What we love about Travertino? The restaurant is designed in such a way that the wine cellar opens into the dining area, and their collection of cheese nothing compares, nothing. What should you order? The Homemade Fettuccine plated with Crab & Asparagus, Wild Mushroom Risotto and scrumptious Minestrone Soup. If you’re a fan of gnocchi or ravioli, you have to head here for the real Italian deal. Most of the ingredients used are in fact straight from Italy which just adds to the authenticity.
Location: The Oberoi, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Lodi Road
Timing: 12:30 pm to 3 pm, 7:30 pm to 11:15 pm
Price for Two: Rs. 6000
A stand alone restaurant resembling a Tuscan villa, which is ideal for a romantic dinner, as well as a hearty meal with la familia. You can enjoy the nip in the air in their lounge area which is like an archaic British living room, but the garden area is my favourite welcoming & beautifully decorated sans the fancy decor. What should you order? Their scrumptious Costolette Di Maiale, Mushroom Ravioli, Con Crème Di Aglo E Erbe and Tiramisu. By far, the best Bruschetta Pomodoro E Basilico and date night spot in town.
Location: 76/27, Near Andheria More, Mehrauli
Timing: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, 7 pm to 12:30 am
Price for Two: Rs. 3000
Think Funky decor in shades of green, pale cream and bright orange, Hollywood posters strewn all over, creamy pastas and decadent desserts. Yes, Big Chill is by far the most popular hangout in the capital city. It boasts of all things yummy so it’s difficult to pick a favourite dish, but here’s your cue: Penne a la Vodka with Prawn, Chicken in Red Wine Sauce, Pepperoni Pizza, meaty Lasagna, Blueberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Decadence. The flavours are seductively intense and yet beautifully balanced. Wash it down with a pitcher of their Lemon Iced Tea or Ginger Ale and go straight to foodie heaven. Note: Big Chill never disappoints.