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Located inside a shop in a Park on the East Coast road, the interiors of this outlet are quirky yet relaxing. Bright colours have been contrasted with subtle hues of beige and pure black. The natural light streaming in throughout the day, adds to the charm of this place. One of the pizzas that stand out on the menu is the onion and minced black olives Tuscan thin crust pizza. The pizza is topped with melted mozzarella on of black olives tapenade along with grilled sweet peppers, onions and sun-dried tomatoes. The seafood pasta here is made in a rich tomato sauce with fresh prawns, muscles, calamari and fish fillets, topped with olives.
It was almost two decades ago that pizza came out of its place of non-existence and familiarized itself to the general public. The nation came to know and love this Italian delicacy. Restauranteurs saw great potential in pizza and invested in pizza parlours with great urgency. Metropolitan cities became hubs of pizza delivery chains, each trying to beat the other with new schemes. Chennai was late arriving to the pizza scene but when it did, it embraced it whole-heartedly. One of the key names in pizza sector of Chennai is ‘Tuscana Pizzeria’ of Akkarai. Located on East Coast Road in Akkarai, the pizzeria became integral part of dining scene in the city very quickly. Patrons flocked to the restaurants in hopes of getting their hands on their wood-fired oven gourmet pizzas. Each one as good as the other. The restaurant found great advantage by being located on ECR and received a steady footfall of diners.
Tuscana Pizzeria is the brainchild of Chef ‘Wili’ Williamson and Vipin Sachdev who teamed up to give the epicures a place that redefines pizza, a task they succeeded in. Their pizzas are a class in itself. You have a great time browsing through their wonderful variety of crusts – regular, multigrain, whole-wheat and gluten free millet. Every diner can have their pizza customised to their specification. Interiors play a huge role in restaurant business. Tuscana Pizzeria believes to keep it simple yet attractive. They put all their focus in the food which is a good idea, for their food simply shines through. Décor at Akkarai outlet is rather Spartan. The restaurant is vastly spacious with floor to ceiling seamless glass windows to bring the natural light in. Furniture is lightweight and colourful.
Menu of Tuscana Pizzeria is completely budget-friendly and deals into authentic Italian food. But what they are famous for is their gourmet pizzas. They do some pastas too but pizzas steals the spotlight. In first course start with, chicken croquettes, baked stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, golden ricotta dumplings, grilled peppers with buffalo mozzarella cheese, minestrone al pesto soup, classic Caesar salad and focaccia. Next chose which route you want to take, the pizza route or the pasta one. Dig into, frutti di mare pizza, mushroom ravioli, spicy pepper pasta with lamb sausage, pasta alla norma, spinach & mushroom pizza, traditional beef lasagne and shrimp ravioli with caper butter. Conclude with a lemon cheesecake, torta chocolate, tiramisu and panna cotta.