Sorriso, an Italian speciality restaurant launched recently in the city by Marriott Suites, is the place to go for a homestyle wholesome Italian meal.
Having a lavish Italian dinner might seem like a fitting way to deal with mid-week stress for a foodie. Happy with this thought, we headed off to the less buzzing end of North Main Road, Koregaon Park, where at the dead end of a quiet bylane we found Sorriso, an Italian speciality restaurant, recently launched by, and at, Marriott Suites.
The menu might just give you a panic attack if you haven’t been to Italy before. But be assured that Chef Jacopo Avigo will swoop in and save the day. He will animatedly explain every dish you point out and struggle to pronounce, with equal enthusiasm that you will be confused about what to order. Avigo will step up and help you out then too. So for each course, we had to choose between a chicken, seafood and vegetarian option. The epiphany of YOLO took over and we decided to mix things up.
We began with a signature gourmet pizza with prawns and saffron sauce. The base was thin, light and crispy, topped with well-done prawns but the saffron sauce melted into the base and disappeared quicker than you could say ‘Where’s the sauce?’
With Italian pop music playing in the background, we proceeded to the soup to open the stomach up for the meal. And on a rainy evening, a steaming bowl of Stracciatella was the best choice with bits of chicken in chicken broth flavoured with onions, carrots and celery. With each spoonful, we felt warmer and healthier. So when we nibbled on the chewy piece of fried Scamorza cheese (Scamorza Fusa) as antipasti, we didn’t feel as guilty. Then came the Autunnale, a salad inspired by the season of autumn, with strips of stir fried chicken laid on a bed of salad greens with vinaigrette and sweet gooey roasted fig.
An interesting fact about the chef is that he specialises in Italian homestyle cooking, which is enough reason for you to try the homemade pasta preparations. We opted for the Tagliolini al Limone, a wholesome and delicious vegetarian variety delicately flavoured with lemon and garlic. Other scrumptious options include the Casoncelli Bresciani, a recipe from Avigo’s hometown of Brescia in Lombardy, of in-house made pasta stuffed with a mixture of Parma ham (Italian dry-cured ham) and Pancetta (Italian pork belly bacon) coated with butter and sage, and the fishy Ravioli al Branzino, which includes Ravioloni stuffed with sea bass ragout and bisque sauce.