Here is a list of Italian restaurants for the people who love crusty artisan Pizzas, great hand-rolled pastas and tiramisu. These are the finest places in Chennai which serve outstanding Italian grub.
The plush setting and a fine service await you at this restaurant. This modern Italian restaurant offers classic Italian dishes like Eggplant Parmesan, Salmon Carpaccio Salad et al which will take you to the lanes of Sicily or Naples. Apart from the artisan crust Pizzas, they have Calzones on the menu that are delicious and you must get them.
The popular chain of Italian restaurants made its way to Chennai and it is a favourite of many. Some classic salads and soups are good to begin the meal with. You can choose between thick sourdough Pizzas or thin crust Pizzas. With modern times, the idea of Indo-Italian fusion pizzas is a crazy thing and we Indians love it. They have Paneer Tikka Pizza, Bombay Masala Pizza and several other options. Make sure you try Mango Semifreddo and Vanilla Panna Cotta from the desserts section.
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You will be surprised by the simplicity of this restaurant and the idea of Italian food here is straightforward and rather ‘Indianised’ versions of Pastas and Pizzas are on offer. The Shrimp Chowder is packed with flavour; a perfect treat for seafood lovers. We love the Mac and Cheese with Fried Chicken here, it is topped with crispy chicken and has oodles of cheese. The Blackened Fish and Italian Chicken Roulade are some of the hot-selling dishes on the menu.
Ottimo Cucina Italiana, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
The opulence and luxury is a certain affair when you think of Ottimo. The Caprese Salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes is brilliant. You can always enjoy the live Pasta kitchen and the chefs hand-tossing pizzas. From the mains, you can try the Grilled Lamb Chops with Mash and Spinach and several other fine plates; flavourful and true to its cuisine.
Quattro, Nungambakkam, Chennai
Quattro offers a modern take on Italian food. The Tex-Mex Loaded Potato Skins, 4 Cheese Fondue and Tostadas are good to start the meal. Try the Signature Quattro Formaggio Pizza - it comes with 4 types of cheese on a nice thin crust. Among other mains, there are also some amazing Mexican and Italian Sizzlers you will love. Not to forget, the desserts here include an Apple Lasagne – a delicious mix of cooked apple and cinnamon between moist pasta layers.
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