Chef Vittoria Greco, ITC star chef who helms their pan-Italian restaurant Ottimo in Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi is in town to give Hyderabadis a taste of authentic Italian flavours at Deccan Pavilion.
I absolutely loved Chef Greco’s predominant ‘less is more’ approach to his craft where the core ingredients take centre stage, not overpowered by excessive or conflicting flavours.
The Lobster and Bocconcini Salad was a fitting teaser to the rest of the Italian culinary expedition on my plate. Living up to its name of ‘small mouthfuls’, it sure whetted my appetite with its fresh tantalising flavours for the next course.
The Cauliflower and Almond Soup tasted much better than it looked. A bit of a visual person when it comes to food, I tend to pre-judge a dish by the look of it. But happy to share that this one proved me wrong. What looked like an insipid thick broth was actually an exciting surprise that really highlighted the sweetness of freshly blanched cauliflowers and a hint of the nutty flavours of almond milk topped with roasted almond flakes.
This was followed by Wild Prawns Tortellini. The belly button shaped pasta stuffed with prawns and topped with asparagus sauce was truly foodgasmic!
Another main course of River Murrel in an extremely mild celery sauce served with slivers of celery and capers augmented the flavours of the extremely fresh fish.
And then came the ultimate piece de resistance – an absolutely decadent classic Tiramisu. At invites to bloggers tables, I usually restrict myself to a spoon or two of each dish but at this tasting I finished each and every item – you know what they say about the proof is in the eating…
It was a welcome change to have authentic Italian food deconstructed without the usual suspects of an overload of cheese, arabiatas or aglio olios. If I were to sum up this entire food fest, which is on till 16th Feb in one word, it would be, what else but – Ottimo! (Excellent in Italian)
Deccan Pavilion, ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet, Hyderabad