Italian food is all about fresh ingredients, light sauces, and balanced flavours. Here is a list of authentic Italian restaurants in Kolkata to serve you some Italian indulgence this new year.
Ottimo is the Italian diner at ITC Royal Bengal. Eclectic mix of rustic Italian cuisine and modern cooking is brought together by Chef Vittorio Greco. Decked with chandeliers and huge glass windows, Ottimo exudes a chic vibe. Artisanal pastas, wood fire pizzas, elaborate smoked salmon tartare, double chicken consomme with caviar and morels, and black cod with pistachio crust – their menu is an ode to the humble cuisine and best paired with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
La Cucina has a rustic look and sure delivers the authenticity. The wooden interiors and exposed brick finish lends warmth and comfort. The menu is elaborate minus the frill and we definitely recommend the Caprese Salad, Lobster Ravioli and Gnochhi (an absolute must) that make for a perfect pick. Their wood fire pizzas are commendable and the wine selection shouldn’t be left untouched. Round off the experience with the Hazelnut & Chocolate lava cake.
Fabbrica Della Pizza
Tucked away in Allenby Road, Fabbrica Della Pizza is nothing short of an Italian dream. An easy reminder of the towns in Italy as it sports dim lights and bougainvillea. They are known for their 11-inch Neapolitan style pizzas (the only ones in the city) and we definitely recommend the Pollo Picante and Prosciutto Pizza. They also have some amazing thick shakes and the portion sizes are huge so you might want to share, even if you don’t have the heart to.
Inspired by the movie ‘Ratatouille’, To Die For is an exemplary take on simplicity and minimalism. Owner-Chef Shashvat Dhandhania is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who brought his love for food back home. Although it is vegetarian, there’s barely room for complaints at this place for authentic Italian in Kolkata. From the menu, must-try items include Fondant tournee potatoes with sautéed mushrooms and Gnocchi served in spicy-creamy tomato sauce with mascarpone and fresh basil.
The Bridge keeps the vibe easy with their great pizzas and pastas. This restaurant at The Park Hotel lives up to its name via soft and minimal interiors minus the unwanted stuffy sophistication. The Margherita, Pepperoni Pizza and Pasta Bolognese comes recommended as you begin the course. Their wafer thin pizzas are an absolute delight and makes for a perfect dinner with the family or even date nights.
Founded by Annamaria Forgione, Fire and Ice Pizzeria is a cult that’s been operating at Park Street for years with a steady following. With two other outlets in Kathmandu and Colombo, they are known for their pastas and thin crust pizzas. The interiors are quite basic and the major focus is on food. We recommend the Lamb Bolognese Pasta and Fire of Bengal pizza with meaty mutton chunks, and Capricciosa with ham and artichokes. They also make some amazing Antipasti. Check out the varied options on the menu.
Café Mezzuna is a casual diner that whips some Italian delights that are absolutely heartwarming. It’s the perfect place to visit with friends and family for having authentic Italian in Kolkata. Both Watermelon and Feta salad and the Roast Lamb with Berry Couscous are brilliant options to start the course here. Do not miss out on the desserts.
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