A Taste of Italy

Prachi Bhuchar        Print Edition: Nov 25, 2012

It is tucked away in a recess at The Westin, Gurgaon. and you could easily miss it. While Gurgaon has a number of Italian options there is always room for a new outlet, especially if it boasts of an 'authentic' Italian connect in the form of an expat chef. Chef Davide Concas' specialty lies in making authentic handmade thin crust pizzas and delicious al dente pastas. Prego's interiors are not fancy; one entire wall is glass and that allows streaming sunshine in both summer and winter. A couple of casual wicker chairs and tables make up the outside area. In true Italian style, a wood fire pizza oven occupies a central space in the restaurant and the pizza section is the most detailed on the menu as well. The pizza diavolo is a delight; classic Italian flavours and a beautiful thin crust. The goat cheese adds a hint of earthiness to the dish. The vegetarian pizza options are a bit boring so vegetarians would instead do well to try the pasta.

Depending on how hungry you are, you can choose between a small or large portion and also pick your preferred shape and size. The alla Napoletana has fried zucchini, capers, mozzarella and mint and is quite an inventive dish.

Another favourite was the gamberoni (king prawn, chilli, parsley and arugula) with clean flavours and taste of the sea. The arugula adds an extra flush of freshness that is welcome. While waiting for your mains you could also order the antipasti platter which is a classic assortment of cured meats and cheese but its contents look like they have tumbled off retail shelves in a supermarket and there is nothing original or exciting about the platter. Speaking of mains, the seafood ravioli with bisque sauce was a disappointment. While I could not fault the ravioli, the seafood was too fishy and I could not go through the entire dish. My dinner companion ordered the lamb chops with saffron risotto which was a delight. I ended the meal with a tiramisu tradizionale which was creamy but not fantastic. I would return to Prego for the pizzas and some starters since the meal is priced competitively but get the chef to help you choose your mains to ensure the meal is perfect.

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Meal for two: Rs 3,000 plus taxes without alcohol; .. (0124)-4977777

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