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From Italy, with love


INSPIRED BY a restaurant by the same name in Garlasca, Italy, Tonino opened recently at 10, M.G. Road, Delhi.

The menu has a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations. Insalata Caesar, a traditional salad, is a must-have appetizer, or as it is called in Italian, an antipasti. Lasagnas, pastas and pizzas might be commonly available across the city's various fast food joints and restaurants, but the distinctive Italian flavour can be enjoyed at Tonino. The lasagna con pollo - baked layers of homemade pasta with chicken and parmesan - and garetti di agnello all giardiniera, an Italian lamb preparation, are worth savouring. But if it is the pizza, try the Margherita, which melts in the mouth. Also on offer are a variety of mocktails and other beverages. One can also relish the many desserts, or dolca. The torta di mango fresca, a mango cheesecake, is definitely worth trying out.

Tonino, with its spacious and luxurious interior and exterior seating, brings specialities from various regions of Italy. This `ristorante Italiano' has behind it the expertise of Chef Suman Sharma who trained with the chef of the original joint in Gerlasco. The owner of Tonino, Parmeet Sahwney of the Eagle Group of Companies, was previously associated with Plaza cinema and Pyramids restaurant. He, along with his team, has paid much attention to detail in order to replicate the feel of the original.

The restaurant is open from 12-30 to 3-30 p.m. for lunch, and from 7-30 to 11-30 p.m. for dinner. In the evenings, with candles lit outside and inside the villa, the romance associated with Italy comes alive, merging wonderfully with its cuisine.

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