Those who are from Delhi and love eating out know about Tonino and I am sure each one of you have a story attached to it. Tonino is now 10 and in this day a restaurant going strong even after 10 years of its opening is a commendable feat in itself. It has always been a good place for an overall dining experience, with an excellent ambiance, earthly decor and good food. It was a pleasure to be part of the restaurant’s celebration along with fellow foodies, the team of Tonino along with the charming host and the owner Simran Sawhney.
After you alight from you car and walk towards the main property, you can’t help but get a feel of the Tuscan styled architecture which the dimly lit pathway leads you too. The restaurant is divided into the outdoor seating area (including the terrace above the main block) and the indoor villa styled seating area which is divided into various dining rooms and Private Dining Rooms. The outdoor seating offers a romantic setting for the special occasions even when the weather is not so conducive. The outdoor patio furniture is done in a classical wrought iron style and the tables are arranged around trees which gives the place an old world charm and a cozy feel to the whole area.
Being the guests of the restaurant the service was impeccable with Chef Suman explaining to us the concept and the origin of his dishes. Simran was the gracious host taking us down the memory lane from the time Tonino was first conceived. The servers were in their element paying attention to each diner and making it a memorable afternoon for all of us.
Food at Tonino has always been great and we had a special menu prepared by Chef Suman for the lunch. I started of with the Beer, unlike the wine everyone else was having. The Antipasti started with the …
Asparagi Bellavista, consisting of the roasted red pepper with Asparagus & garlic crumb. Plated like a work of art (which most of the food is) the roasted red pepper had a unique flavor which was intriguing.
The tray of Bruschettas came next, specially prepared for the afternoon, my favorite was the one with cheese and caramalized onions.
Now, no matter how good the veggies, meat is where my heart lies and the Pollo con Pesto or the Pan grilled marinated chicken with Parmesan cheese ball, set the ball rolling for the carnivores. The chicken was succulent with the marination bringing out the flavors and served on small skewers which was very easy to handle.
The Rocket leaves salad was nice, but I am not a fan of salads leaves and other greenery, so I better not comment on that, though I found my friends polishing of their salad plates.
The second course started with the Spinach Ricotta … tick and the Pepperoni thin crust pizza which always tells me how good the Italian restaurant is. And the pizza at Tonino, which no one can dispute, is one of the best ones. Keep them coming was all I could mouth while it was full.
For the main course I chose the Costolette Di Pollo Con Salsa Piccante … saying these names by itself works up an appetite … which was in easier words Chicken Chops with BBQ sauce served with Grilled potatoes & veggies. As the Italians would say … Eccellente. You have to try, period. The sauce is something which is the Chef’s creation and have won him a coveted award.
The Tiramisu and the Chocolate Lasagna desserts were brilliant and a great culmination to a great afternoon. Try the Chocolate Lasagna over the Tiramisu if you are watching your calories.
Tonino has always scored with me on a lot of points and this afternoon was impeccable. They really do celebrate their birthday in Style.