There are no twists, no fusion, and no short-cuts at ARTUSI Ristorante, the two Italian fine dining restaurants located in Delhi and in Gurgaon. The restaurants’ single-minded objective is simple: Serve the best Italian food! The cuisine in both restaurants is not just authentic Italian, its authenticity is specific to a single region in Italy, a region called Emilia-Romagna with its capital Bologna. The Italian owners and chef hail from the Emilia Romagna region and they consistently focus on what they truly love and do best: rigorous selection of highest quality imported products, and insistence that all food items are prepared in-house and exclusively made by hand.
I recently dined at the horizon center location based in Golf course road,Gurgaon and was delighted to see the decor and the huge seating space that the restaurant provided. The surroundings and the ambience are distinctly different from the restaurant in Delhi. But, the food, the menu, the ingredients, the food preparations and the service standards are identical. We tried the following from the tasting menu specially curated for us.
- Leaks quiche (amuse bouche)
- Ferro Salad
- Gluten-free thin noodles with Tartufo butter and Halfmoon shaped pasta filled with Buratta set in a Calamari and cherry tomato sauce.
- Melanzana Parmigiana (Baked dish with eggplant, cheese, tomato)
- Risoto mushroom
- Salmone fillet
The food is exquisite. For a delicious and authentic Italian fare this is the place. Right from the delicious salads, pastas, risottos to the most extensive collection of exquisite Italian wines, and some amazing cocktails, everything is so maginificient. The ambiance with it’s classy decor is a treat to have a great fine dine experience. I was floored with what I saw and tasted. It is a great place to dine in with family and friends and enjoy great italian food with a great courteous staff always ready to serve you.
For desserts we tried the Dark Chocolate Mousse with Orange peel and coulis.
and the Panna Cotta with caramel and almonds
ARTUSI Ristorante opened its doors four years ago in Delhi and has won the most prestigious awards. For the last three years it has been crowned by Times of India as the Best Italian Fine Dining Restaurant in Delhi, across five star properties and stand-alone restaurants alike. It also won a Top Chef Delhi Award. And, in December 2017 Condé Nast ranked it #8 Top Restaurant in India across any cuisine and concept, and it is the #1 Italian Restaurant in India on the Condé Nast India’s Top 50 Restaurants Award list. In 2018 it was crowned Best Italian Restaurant in India at the Epicurean Guild Awards by Living Foodz. It also earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its outstanding list of Italian wines, in 2016, 2017 as well as in 2018.
About Mr Pellegrino Artusi
The Emilia Romagna region is the native land of Mister Pellegrino Artusi who has been the inspiration for naming the restaurant as well as many signature dishes at ARTUSI. Pellegrino Artusi is considered the founder of the Italian cuisine. In 1891 he authored a book called “La Scienza in Cucina e l’Arte di mangier bene” (Science in the Kitchen and The Art of Eating well). This seminal work was the first Italian cookbook that had been written in Italian language and rapidly became a cornerstone of modern Italian cuisine and has remained a global reference point for Italian chefs up until today.
About the ARTUSI Ristorante MENU
A visit to the kitchen reveals that there truly are a lot of people working in here. Pasta dishes are made in-house, and completely by hand, in the old artisanal way. There is a separate temperature controlled room solely dedicated for the creation of pasta dishes which is called ‘The Lab’. To make perfect Tortellini one needs talent, experience, dedication, a professional environment and simply a lot time, they say at ARTUSI Ristorante.
The menu includes a wide range of home-made pastas: Gnocchi (made of potatoes only), Strozzapeti (an artisanal and rustic pasta made with flour only without eggs), Chitarra (square handmade spaghetti), and a series of artfully shaped of pasta pockets like Tortellino (round-shaped), Raviolo (square-shaped) and Cappelletto (hat-shaped), as well as noodles that vary in size from very thin ones Angel Hair to very broad ones Pappardelle.
But before that, savour the selection of antipasti, soups and chef’s salad selection. Premium cured meats that include Prosciuto di Parma that has been aged for eighteen months, Coppa, Mortadella and Salame. The salads are true season’s delights. Rucola e Carciofi – an Arugula and artichoke salad finished with pecorino cheese and lemon dressing is light and very refreshing.
If it is meats or seafood that tempt you – it is tough to make a decision from a selection that ranges from Filettino di Coppa (premium quality imported pork fillet) onto premium quality imported lobster, crab, scallops and fine salmon.
Life is beautiful when the meal ends with Italian desserts and a fine espresso. The Panna Cotta ai Fichi e le Mandorle and is the Artusi Ristorante signature dessert. The sinful variety includes classics like Tiramisu, but also new dessert creations, as well as outstanding homemade gelato in exotic flavours.
About the Promoter
Oscar Balcon is an Italian citizen with deep roots in the Emilia Romagna region, the land of his mother, and his mother’s extended family since generations. He has been in love with the food of the Emilia Romagna since childhood and indulged tasting it every day ever since. Professionally, Oscar pursued a career as a banker (just like Mr Pellegrino Artusi in his younger years). Together with his family he worked and lived in Italy, Switzerland, France, the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia and India. After retiring from a successful career in corporate life he is now promoting ARTUSI Ristorante. Apart from good food Oscar is also very passionate about Italian fine wines which he has been collecting with dedication for many years. He is very proud that his two Italian chefs too hail from his native region, the Emilia Romagna region in Italy, and that their team of local chefs is incredible talented, dedicated and full of passion.
Contacts: NEW DELHI GURGAON
M 24, M-Block Market, DLF-5 – One Horizon Centre
Greater Kailash II Golf Course Road, Sector 43
New Delhi 110048, INDIA Gurgaon HR-122002, INDIA
Reservations: 011 4906 6666 Reservations: 0124 667 6666