Located in the bustling N-block market of Greater Kailash-I, Spago rustles up gourmet Italian with such simplicity. The restaurant has lately been improve, so hope dim lighting, floral accents, wooden furniture and a cafe style vibe. Though the food is exceptional, specifically 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 fall, don’t miss out on their boozy Tiramisu and baked Torta Royale – the king of desserts.
Where: N-Block, Greater Kailash-I
Open: 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 good place for a romantic Italian dinner – candlelit with soothing music rif off through the air, an comprehensive wine list and truly gastronomic delights on offer. What should you order? Burrata with aged Prosciutto de Parma and caramelised figs, Pappardella Faraona 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 sauser.
Where: M 24, M-Block Market, GK II
Open: 11:30 am to 1 am
Price for Two: Rs. 3000
If you’re in search of a truly fine dining and well-attested Italian experience, Travertino is just the ticket (to Italy, that is!). 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. 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 directly, from Italy which just adds to the authenticity.
Where: The Oberoi, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Lodi Road
Open: 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 and beautifully fitted sans the fancy decor. Their scrumptious Costolette Di Maiale, Mushroom Ravioli, Con Crème Di Aglo E Erbe and Tiramisu. By far, the first class Bruschetta Pomodoro E Basilico and date night spot in town.
Where: 76/27, Near Andheria More, Mehrauli
Open: 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 tending to fall desserts. Yes, Big Chill is by far the most famous hangout in the capital city. It boasts of all things yummy so it’s hard 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 quick 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.
Where: Kailash Colony, Khan Market, DLF Place Mall, DLF Promenade
Open: 12 pm to 11:30 pm
Price for Two: Rs. 1500
By far the most expensive Italian restaurant in the city, but also the most extravagant – it’s hard to define Le Cirque in just a some words. Right from the moment you step off the elevator on the 10th floor, everything screams luxury. You can eat at the bar, the main dining area, outside with a panoramic view of New Delhi, over-looking the show kitchen or at the exclusive Chef’s Table. The restaurant offers a mind blowing collection of wine – over 80 labels of Italian wines and 100 labels of French wines. The menu is simple comprising Le Cirque classics like Mama Egi’s Ravioli, Truffle-dusted fries, a variety of meats, and glorious creations by Chef Mickey Bhoite presented beautifully. It may be tough on the pocket, but it’s ideal for a very special meal.
Where: The Leela Hotel, Chanakyapuri, 10th Floor
Open: 7 pm to 11.45 pm
Price for Two: Rs. 7500
There is exactly one reason and one reason only why you should head to La Brezza – the food. It exactly, probubly all the way in Greater Noida, but trust us, it’s worth the trip – a true find for authentic Italian, a hidden treasure. La Brezza is spread over two floors, with an entire wall stacked with bottles of vino and decanters of olive oil infused with aromatic spices including rosemary, garlic et al. Oh and the freshly baked breads, served directly, out of the oven are a treat in itself. The Fazeli Ricotta Pasta oozing with cheese, their Pork doused in barbeque sauce, The New Zealand Lamb Chops served with Saffron Risotto. La Brezza’s thin crust pizzas are heavenly as well, especially the Parma Ham. Just in case you’re stumped for choice, the staff is extremely courteous and will help you choose the right dishes to suit your palate and your cravings.
Where: Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort, G Block, Surajpur, Greater Noida
Open: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Price for Two: Rs. 2500