In a line: A cosy cafe on the ground floor of South Point Mall serving authentic Italian delicacies.
Price for two: Rs. 1200(approx)
Location: South Point Mall, Gurgaon
Must haves: baked mushrooms with feta, pumpkin and water chestnut risotto, gelatos
One of the few global cuisines that we Indians are obsessed with, Italian food has come a long way. While the term “Italian Food” was revolving primarily around pasta and pizza, we can now get to savour the traditional Italian delicacies, thanks to our evolving palates, which are adapting to authentic flavours.
On my quest to try some good Italian food, I was redirected to the newly opened Italian cafe in Gurgaon, Cafe Amaretto. Done up in hues of cream and brown, the gallery cafe exudes a vibrant energy, that makes it a perfect place to catch up with a friend or loved one.
Before ordering something to eat, I spotted Nutella shake on the menu, and hence, without giving it a second thought, ordered it and was happy to do so. The cold coffee with ice cream also turned out to be good. Not too sweet, and just the perfect hit of caffeine.
The menu has a good number of dishes at its disposal, and hence, to avoid myself the confusion, I relied on the manager’s recommendations. Cheese toasties were the first one to arrive and were topped with cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Since these were made in the stone oven, the toasties had a beautiful rustic flavour. The pizza was also cooked in the same oven, and hence, turned out to be great. Though I would prefer a thinner crust pizza, the one that I had didn’t taste bad. I also devoured the assorted multigrain bruschettas that were topped with three different toppings, smoked roasted peppers(fav), cherry tomato feta and caponata.
But among the appetisers, it was the baked mushrooms stuffed with feta and red peppers that were the highlight. Crisp on the outside, and creamy on the inside, the mushrooms were topped with tiny slices of grapes, which gave it an unusual sweetness, that went well with the overall dish.
The green apple, feta and beetroot salad, had a medley of textures and flavours, which made it a perfect summery salad. Though I enjoyed the ravioli in butter basil sauce, it was the unusual pumpkin and water chestnut risotto which won my heart. Topped with a crisp parmesan crisp, the dish is an absolute must have!
To satiate my sweet tooth, I ordered Amaretto’s dessert platter, which consisted of salted caramel cake, cheesecake with strawberry sauce and tiramisu. While I felt that the cheesecake was a bit dry, the salted caramel cake and tiramisu were demolished on sight!
Confession: Overall, Cafe Amaretto is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious Italian food, at a price that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket. The service is swift and attentive, the food is typical hearty Italian and the ambience is cosy, making the place a must visit.
PS: Their liquor licence has arrived, so get ready for some prosecco to get pouring.
Value for money: 4/5