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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.

Italia at The Park Pod

Italia at The Park Pod

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.

Pane platter at Italia at The Park Pod

Pane platter at Italia at The Park Pod

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.

Bruschetta at Italia at The Park Pod

Bruschetta at Italia at The Park Pod

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.

Tagliolini al Pesto at Italia

Tagliolini al Pesto at Italia

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.

 

Details

Food: 8/10

Ambience: 9/10

Service: 8/10

Cost: Mains Rs. 500 – 800

23/13, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai

(044) 4295 5580

www.theparkhotels.com/chennai/the-park-chennai-pod/signore-italiano

Hours: 12noon – 11pm daily

Meet Tim Blight


Writer, traveller, amateur photographer, teacher. Based in Melbourne and Lahore.

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  • Andrew September 2, 2015, 9:46 pm

    well, that’s a ringing endorsement if ever there was one!

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  • Agness September 3, 2015, 4:33 am

    Cez is close to me saying “Give me some food like that, no more vegan stuff” hahahahaha 🙂

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    • Tim Blight September 4, 2015, 8:30 pm

      You can make vegan bruschetta, can’t you? 😀

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  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave) September 3, 2015, 9:06 am

    I’ve got a friend living in Chennai who loves Italian food – must find out if she has been! Love the sound of the pistachio pesto!

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    • Tim Blight September 4, 2015, 8:30 pm

      It was a little pricey, but totally worth it! And yeah – pistachio pesto = yum!! 😀

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