Bangalore Marriott is hosting their second edition of Quattro Mani, an Italian Food and Wine Festival at their restaurant Alto Vino. This festival bringing two chefs Chef Marouane Rahali and Chef Nicola together to present a menu that truly captures the essence of Italy and Italian food. Now for those of you who haven’t yet visited Alto Vino yet – that’s something you need to fix soon! Because some of the best Italian food in town is here. Here brings me to the crazy journey to Whitefield on a Friday night – it’s complete insanity, please plan well! But without further ado, let me write about the amazing menu that we tasted that evening.
Our meal started with a Potato and Leek soup, light and creamy – with gnocchi and finished with truffle oil. An absolutely lovely start! The Smoked Duck Carpaccio came next. I had already tried this at the preview of Chef Nicola’s menu at JW Marriott a couple of weeks back, and somehow my memory of it built the dish up quite a bit. But the perfect texture and flavor of the cured duck, the honey dressing and apple crisps were perfectly aligned, and it tasted just as good as I remembered!
And the next dish – was unbelievable. So I love ravioli. And everyone usually plays it safe with the fillings. But here – the handmade ravioli with lobster fillings in basil and zucchini cream was absolutely a work of perfection. It was delicious, the understated sauce complemented it beautifully. I would strongly recommend this!
Next up that evening was the linguine with fresh tomato and mozzarella. Quite nice. In the secondi I chose the Beef Tenderloin. The meat was right, served on a pistachio crust, with creamy potato and asparagus on the side. I did try a bit of the sea bass, served with black rice – and it was quite well paired I must say.
The desserts at Alto Vino are usually superlative, and this meal was no exception. One of the desserts was a Neapolitan specialty, crafted by Chef Nicola – stuffed ricotta with custard cream – a simple and light selection. And Chef Maroune had his twist on the classic Tiramisu – using a dark chocolate mousse and Zabaglione – no mascarpone layers. And finished with coffee and milk foam for the final flavors of the dessert. Quite a hit, undoubtedly! And if you still crave more, order their regular Tiramisu – it’s the best in the city (just saying!)
This festival is running until 14th July at Alto Vino in the Bangalore Marriott at Whitefield. And because no good Italian meal is ever complete without wine, there’s also has a sommelier – Anushka – who’s a part of the 10 day fest. She has wine pairings for the menu curated by these two awesome chefs. We tried some of the wines she selected for our dinner, and we loved them! So get ready to enjoy the real Italian dining experience with some delicious vin.