We’ve been meeting up more than ever before and the good news is… our badges are up and ready. You’ll see them on most of our sites. It’s the one with a metal table and chair . This time, we met up at Italia. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know we love Italia. They rarely go wrong with their food and their promotions are usually well thought through. We were therefore quite happy to accept their invitation and meet at Italia in DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj. A very pleasant surprise was Ahbijit Bose walking in on us. I couldn’t believe how long it’s been since we met last. Abhijit runs the Park Hotel at Connaught Place, while insisting he only works there, and is an inveterate single-malt man.
A word of advice. If you visit the Seacret shop on the ground floor, you *will* not walk away without buying one of their awesome but horribly expensive products. Stay away if you’re trying to cut down on the bills.
The first to arrive was the smoked salmon and mascarpone involtini with kalamata olives. Topped with what I thought were tiny and delicate alfalfa bean sprouts, this was a simple dish – smoked salmon wrapped subtly flavored mascarpone with a mild crunch lent to every bite by the sprouts. Served with a dash of olive tapenade, this dish went down easy and it’s flavors lingered on for quite a while after.
[quote type=”center”]Thin, mildly chewy and crunchy, these are delicious for dinner with a light salad…[/quote]
Next was milanese style chicken accompanied by colossal olives, squid, shrimp (omitted in my platter), river sole and taggiasche olive panzanella with skewered shiitake, button mushroom and cepes. Milanese style chicken, or Milanesa, is essentially a seasoned, breaded and fried escalope of chicken. Thin, mildly chewy and crunchy, these are delicious for dinner with a light salad, as was presented on my platter. I quite liked it and suggest you try this platter as part of a working lunch or light dinner. A slice of a very well done four cheese and four olive pizza followed, that had been pampered with parmesan, fontina, gorgonzola and mozzarella cheese plus taggiasche, collosal, kalamata and Spanish olives. I do wish they’d overdo the gorgonzola every once in a while; such a lovely cheese it is. Which brings us to the sole failure of the evening, spaghetti with trapanese pesto. Well cooked spaghetti tossed with a pesto that just wasn’t intense enough. I can’t even describe it as subtle; quite weak really. If you like your spaghetti and decide to order this one, I suggest asking the chef to crank up the flavors a bit.
Coming to my personal favorite of the evening – the beef – tenderloin medallions, garden vegetables and rosemary foam. Perfectly done meat and an appropriately meaty sauce with mildly tender and crunchy vegetables on the side, this ended my meal on the right note.
There’s an Olive Galore thing happening at Italia from the 24th of August to the 2nd of September. Knowing Italia as I think I do, you should visit.[learn_more caption=”Other posts from the blogger’s table”]