Sono innamorato La Piazza!
Some nights, I have the most sinful dreams. Seeking the Italian
I want. Of walking the streets of Rome, gliding on romantic waters in gondolas
in Venice, napping on verdant greens under the Tuscan sun…all the while seeking
my perfect, sinful, comforting, wholesome, rustic, homey Italian. And then one
fine day, my dream comes true! Right here in Delhi. I have found just the
perfect Italian restaurant of my dreams! Yes, restaurant…what did you think I
was talking about?
It’s La Piazza at Hyatt Regency. And for the uninitiated, no
they are not the hot new restaurant on the block; they are quite literally on
the way to being a legend. La Piazza had opened its doors to the Delhi gourmand
in 1994…22 years of absolutely delightful food, exceptional service and still
going unbeatably strong.
We were invited to sample their new menu, especially curated by
Italian masterchefs Ivan Chieregatti and Alessandro Sandrolini a couple of days
ago, and we savoured every minute of it. Their very warm reception and kind
attention to our meal made the experience a truly exceptional one. Chef
Sandrolini explained to us how the new menu was inspired by traditional Italian
cuisine, earthy, simple, and based on the seasonality of the ingredients. This
new summer menu features the freshest, most luscious vegetables and herbs from
the hotel’s own farms. What is served up is wholesome, nutritive, natural,
hearty and comforting as home food – with the bonus of being prepared with the
most delightful flavouring by amazingly skilled and passionate chefs.
We selected a sparkling cool chardonnay from one of the most
extensive and absolutely fabulous wine lists I have ever seen – you will get an
interesting mix of vintage and new world wines here, including the Chateau
Lafite Rothschild 94 vintage on the top offer.
Starting with salads, we had the Rocket Salad that was a
strongly flavoursome combination of rocket leaves, broccoli, tomatoes and feta.
A meal that starts this right, well, can only be divine. The Chicken Salad with
Sesame and Yoghurt was gently flavoured with cumin, a taste that the Indian
palate is already quite familiar with. The Tuna Carpaccio was light, refreshing
and so beautifully plated, I suggest seafood lovers absolutely must try it. A
dash of Balsamic suggested by my friend took it up a notch for me.
selections for the evening – minestrone, mushroom and seafood – were served up
with a fine selection of bruschetta; an absolutely brilliant pairing. The wafer
thin garlic bread served with the seafood soup will have you requesting more, it’s
that addictive! Also alongside was a platter of cold cuts, sliced so fine as to
be beautifully transparent; it was like looking at a piece of art.
Next up was a hearty gnocchi with pesto, rich, creamy –
refreshing with the pesto – truly comfort food at its best. The mushroom
risotto was rather good too, I only wish it were a little creamier than it was.
I had never had a duck ragout before, so we ordered Fusilli with duck ragout. A
surprisingly interesting flavor that some palates might find quite different
from the usual. We sampled a truly delightful Pizza La Piazza, which is the
signature pizza and a pepperoni pizza the likes of which you hardly get
anywhere else. The fine, thin crust, delicious sauce and toppings coming
together in the wood fired oven created magic. Interestingly, La Piazza was one of the first ones to create the open kitchen concept.
So we could witness all the beautiful cooking in action, the oven, the pans,
the herbs, the aromas of butter, garlic and olives. It makes you feel languid,
at home, satiated and just downright happy!
The lamb chops were ordered medium rare, one of the finest I
have tasted. The grilled sea bass with asparagus in a butter sauce stole my
And now for dessert, I am speechless. I don’t think any words
could do justice to how wonderful the desserts were! I cannot pick favourites,
so I say just have them all. Tiramisu to die for, Pannacotta with berries that
I could kill for, chocolate mousse that I would fight wars over, Melting
chocolate with meringue that I would steal away all for myself! They were just
that criminally good. And oh how I loved sinning with them!
That’s it; I am saying no more…this writing is making me hungry
all over again. Five rounds out of five, La Piazza. We are in love with you
forever more !
BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
Coverage by : Vickrham (vicky) & Sonalini Chaudhry for FOODMANIACS
Compiled by : Sonalini Chaudhry
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