When you think of Italian, you instantly think of Pizza! Well, surprisingly that’s not all that Italian cuisine is about, even though it’s the most popular. Italian flavours are subtle but rich, simple but elegant, strong but light and that’s exactly what makes it one of the most popular cuisines for the Indian palette.
Italian cuisine dates back to 4th century BC but it has come to age now with its presence all over the world. Italian cuisine with its inclusion of tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, flour and maize has made it easy to assemble and cook. It not only makes for delightful cooking but is easy on the eyes too. Abundant in taste, it offers some varied diversity across the globe based on the regional preferences.
In India, Italian food has made way to almost every urban home with at least the pizza bases available easily in the market and veggies and condiments that are easy to make at home. However, our lust for that perfect Italian fare still reigns supreme when we hunt for that one place that sells authentic flavor.
In Gurgaon, we bring you here, some of the best places where you can taste the best Italian Cuisine, well rounded with that perfect ravioli or that mozzarella laden pizza or better still the bruschetta that melts in your mouth.
Prego by Westin Hotel
For the love of fun, laughter and surprises, Prego invites everyone to indulge in la dolce vita with Californian style Italian cuisine. Upbeat and stylish, Prego is a replete with fun and surprises in an exuberant setting. One can feast on an assortment of cold starters, pastas, delectable risottos, and delicious hand-tossed pizzas, highlight of the menu is an extensive collection of wines from both the old and new world varietals, international boutique beers and specialty cocktails. High energy, constant action and mischievous gimmicks are integral to the truly engaging, lively and interactive spirit of the venue. Prego is a unique way to celebrate your loopiness and whacky side while you appreciate appetizing Italian food.
Where: Number 1, MG Road, Sector 29, New Delhi NCR, Gurgaon
Cost for Two: INR 2000
The Pasta Bowl Company
And if you are too overwhelmed with the tongue twisting names on the menu, don’t be. The food is as simple as the names are complex and if you are still unable to decipher what the dish actually is, then the staff is courteous enough to explain, much to your delight. Begin with a mixed fried seafood they call Fritto Miso Di Pesce. Fish fingers, prawns and calamari flash fried in batter and served with roasted pepper and mayo dip. If this is not bliss, yet….there’s more. Don’t just rush to the Pizza, we suggest you try their pasta, specifically the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli if you are a vegetarian or Chicken Lasagne if you are a non-vegetarian. I bet you are sorted. Round it off with Panna Cotta and you know you have had a hearty meal.
Where: 2nd Floor, Crosspoint Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Cost for two: INR 1300
The Wine Company
The place literally spells classy and with that all elaborate menu, you can be sure there is something to your liking available there. And yes, you would not want to remember the place only for its exquisite wines. There’s more to the place and you would be delighted, for sure. The wafer thin pizzas are obviously anyone’s first choice and if you are a pizza persona and vegetarian to top it, you would love their Bell peppers, caramelized onions, mushroom and scarmoza pizza that elevates the flavours and plays hide and seek in your mouth. Another favourite id the bruschetta platter with whipped cheese and asparagus, olives tomatoes, feta cheese, goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes with a balsamic reduction. Now we’re talking.
Where: Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
Call: 096433 31098
Cost for two: 2400
Pizzaexpress is one of the best Italian restaurants. Their pizza bases are inspired by Italy. They are thin crust so naturally carry fewer calories than the deep pan or stuffed crust pizzas you find elsewhere. Plus, the thin and crispy bases allow the flavour of the simple, fresh ingredients to really stand out. Just the way the Italians do. Bringing you simple and authentic pizzas, always served in style.
Where: T-317, 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Cost for two: 1600
Welcome to the bistro with a big, big heart. Amid the hustle and bustle of Cyber City Gurgaon, Olive Bistro offers a laidback space to slow down and unwind. Olive makes the bistro approachable and convenient with a menu that is comfortable and well priced; equally dedicated to vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes; a variety of bar bites and a bakery take away option. Visit it for a delicious all day fare of homemade crusty granary breads, wholesome sandwiches and burgers, delicate broths, wood-fired pizzas and luscious desserts to complete the bistro experience.
Where: Shop 101, First Floor, Cyber Hub, Sector 24, Gurgaon
Call: 0124 651 8803
Cost for Two: INR 2000
Inspired by Tonino Generale, The award winning pizza maker from Napoli, Italy, Tonino is the labour of love and passion embodying the romance of Italy. Enjoy an intense discussion or a light hearted banter over an aromatic cup of coffee, a portion of homemade pastas and a slice of traditional wood-fired pizzas infused with the natural woody flavour in a rustic Tuscan setting at Caffe Tonino.
Where: T1-111, Plaza Level, One Horizon Centre, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5, Sector 43, Gurgaon
Call: 0124 646 4223
Cost for two: INR 1400
56 Ristorante Italiano
This is like an Italian food haven. The menu is elaborate and the ambience is perfect for that drolly- cheesy flavours oozing out of each dish. For vegetarian, the Lasgna with Asparagus, Zucchini and Basil topped with mozzarella is apt while for the non vegetarians we suggest Spaghetti Alla Carbonara stir cooked with eggs and bacon with a dash of carbonara sauce.
Where: Ground Floor, Vatika Atrium, Sector 53, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Call: 0124 4260050
Cost for two: 2200
The ambience spells freshness and exclusivity here. Their buffets are out of the world but if you have a preference of A La Carte, then the options here are many. Smoked Chicken Affumicato, Ratatouille in a pot, Slow Braised Lamb Shanks are some of the best you can check on their menu. The Classic Tiramisu is well…. classic! The best place to be for a quiet dinner with family or better still a dinner date where the tete-e-tete can grow multifold over a sumptuous meal.
Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Contact: +91 9311520715, 0124 4665572
Cost for two: 1900
This is Italian flair in the most authentic Italian garb. Though sometimes their original pastas do taste of the local flavor yet, they score highest when it comes to the range of pastas originals and signature. Their steak and pan seared salmon pastas are possibly the best bet for non-vegetarian. For vegetarians, arabbiata is one of the best that you would get from the choices that you might have. If you are an Italian fan, food that is (!), then you must visit here.
Where: Shop 15, Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
Call: 0124 4922266, +91 9818211201
Cost for two: 1200
Di Ghent Boulangerie
The breakfast options that you would get here are awesome. The Panini, Pasta and Salads are equally great. Pizza fans can take a rest because it’s the pastas that are reign at this place. The baked pastas are exclusively prepared and with options like Bolognese, Ravioli, Cannelloni and Lasgna you can be sure making a choice would be a tough task. Nevertheless, food here is absolutely delicious and worth a try, definitely.
Where: Level 2, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Call: 0124 4233355, +91 9650265874
Cost for two: 1700
Even though there are some amazing places where Italian food is served but the authentic flavor that makes the cuisine a world favourite is what is best served here in the above mentioned restaurants. Hope this list helps you in some way to make a suitable choice.