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Between a vast stretch of ECR, from Adyar to Kovalam, Kipling has emerged as the de-facto wining and dining place. Firenze is Kipling’s in-house Italian brand; housed in a large bungalow. The Italian branding is lukewarm – Firenze’s menu is the same as the other three Kipling spaces (loosely Italian, Thai and Indian) and there’s certainly no Focaccia or Olive oil & Balsamic to go around. I tested waters with cracker-sized ravioli filled with delicious butter-pepper-garlic shrimp. The filling skimped on spinach and ravioli were bistro-fied with a heavy-hand of Alfredo sauce. My steak was generous with two crusty fillets grilled to medium. Suitably appointed, I wished the kitchen didn’t sterilize every bit of funk in accompanying Blue Cheese Onions. Sugar-free Tender Coconut Panna Cotta wobbled tenuously but tasted too little of tender coconuts and delivered pineapple batonnets in place of the promised coulis.