There are many ways to define Pune city, vibrant, multi-dimensional and traditional. The city’s traits match Mediterranean cuisine very well which in itself is a vivacious cuisine. This cuisine covers Spanish, Italian and Middle-Eastern cuisines, all of them with great admirers all over the globe. The earthiness and simplicity of the cuisine has found a common link with our own Indian cuisine, maybe that’s why it is so popular in this country. In Pune a large sector of population is student dominated who likes their food adventurous and imaginative, both of which this cuisine entails. The city has a never ending rows of pubs and restaurants frequented by the young set on daily basis. But out of all the popular Mediterranean restaurants in the city, ‘Amalfi’ is the most sought after place.
‘Amalfi’ is located at Ambrosia Resort and Spa in Bavdhan, Pune. The restaurant has a very outdoor-sy Mediterranean vibe to it. Though the weather of Pune is pleasant all year long there are few days when you simply don’t want to dine indoors. At times like this Amalfi makes a great choice with families and friends. Being part of a resort property the restaurant gets a fantastic backdrop of lush greenery and soothing landscape. The couple wanting to spend some time alone like to visit Amalfi often to relax. The mood is very casual here so leave your worries at home before heading here. The décor resemble much like the houses in Santorini, Greece with white painted walls and turquoise blue windows reminding one of deep blue seas. The place is charming in evening when all the clever lights pop up dramatizing the entire patio.
The restaurant has a mix menu of Italian-Mediterranean which is a fab idea considering the immense popularity of both these cuisines. Have a shot at crispy fresh salads as your first course. They are scrumptious. For mains my suggestion would be to go towards rich complex moussaka or the wood fire oven pizzas. The dessert section is good enough to get more than one line praise. Do not miss onto the flan - ‘three cities of Spain cheesecake’, super airy profiteroles filled with decadent Italian custard cream and the saffron vanilla panna cotta. Sip on a Greek coffee before heading home after such a satisfying dinner. To explore Mediterranean cuisine in Pune there is no better place than Amalfi but feel free to diverge further and make your own stories to tell.