Italia at The Park Pod
There are lots of places to get Italian food in Chennai, but not all of them are as classy as Italia at The Park Pod in Nungambakkam.
I visited a while ago and was very impressed by the overall decor and level of service – all top class. The elevated, enclosed deck overlooks the small but smart courtyard.
The food could best be described as ‘nouveau Italian’. I’m served a platter of breads and dips to begin, a small smorgasbord of Italian pane in a minimalist, angular design.
My bruschetta arrives as the perfectly balanced garlic-tomato-savoury morsels that they should be, with the most subtle hint of olive oil.
The main, tagliolini al pesto, is the creamy, savoury highlight. The vegetarian pasta is hinted with pistachio in the pesto, and the pasta is al dente; my only complaint is that by now I’m well and truly full, and can barely finish the rich deliciousness.
Italia at The Park Pod offers something a little different; the decor, the service, the clever menu tweaks and the overall level of exclusivity makes it just a little bit special.
Cost: Mains Rs. 500 – 800
23/13, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai
(044) 4295 5580
Hours: 12noon – 11pm daily