Caffe Tonino – Love in the heart of the city (LoveStory) | Valentine’s Day

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Any given day, I would be happy to sit in a beautiful corner of Caffe Tonino and indulge in delicious pastas, wood-fired pizzas and yummy desserts. Sister joint of Tonino, MG Road, Caffe Tonino has been decorated as beautifully as it’s older sibling. The mesmerizing combination of white walls, blue and white flooring and colorful artifacts, make the place look splendid. The space has been used intelligently and every corner of the restaurant reckons a special mention.

Caffe Tonino
Caffe Tonino

It won’t be wrong to say that Connaught place has got its first ‘certified’ pretty restaurant in Caffe Tonino. So if someone doesn’t wander too far off from the city center this year and yet celebrate Valentine’s Day in a romantic aloof sphere, Caffe Tonino is the place to be.

The beautiful decor @Caffe Tonino
The beautiful decor @Caffe Tonino

I visited the restaurant for lunch and took the table next to one of the large windows. The sunlight coming through the glass window rendered a very warm and serene feel to the ambience.

The staff greeted us nicely and seemed amiable. Every service guy knew the menu well and explained each dish with much aplomb. So we went ahead with the recommendations and hoped for the best. We had:

  • Bruschetta (Rs. 95)
  • Pizza Sana (Rs. 395)
  • Tortellini de Ricotta spinaci Pavarotti (Rs 360)
  • Tiramisu (Rs 175)

I must say I was particularly thrilled to know that they bake their own bread and pizza base, as I feel, nothing tastes better than fresh bakes. It also shows that the makers believe in serving quality food and value for money. Even the detail that has gone into menu design is remarkable. Chef Suman Sharma and team have done a wonderful job of getting the food and menu right.

After a few minutes of waiting, Bruschetta arrived on our table. The In house garlic bread was toasted to perfection topped with the juiciest tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil. This certainly is the perfect dish to start your meal with. It’s a must have for all those who prefer to eat healthy.

Bruschetta @Caffe Tonino
Bruschetta @Caffe Tonino

As soon as I finished the delicious Bruschetta, The Tortellini de Ricotta arrived on our table. It looked extremely appetizing. The combination of spinach, ricotta cheese, creamy mushroom sauce with herb oil is perfect on any given day. The sauce had the perfect liquid consistency unlike the sticky pasta sauce you get normally and the tortellini was al dente. The taste of spinach was subtle and the herb oil enhanced the flavor of the pasta. Served with crispy bread, this is quite a finger-licking dish.

Tortellini Pasta @Caffe Tonino
Tortellini Pasta @Caffe Tonino

Pizza Sana was something that I wasn’t too sure about, as it had a whole-wheat thin crust base. But to my surprise, the base was neither dry nor lacked any flavor. The toppings of spinach, tomatoes, basil, walnuts and low fat Feta cheese were tasty and further improved the experience of eating at Caffe Tonino. This again is apt for weightwatchers. The only caveat is that the amount of feta cheese is almost negligible.

Pizza Sana @Caffe Tonino
Pizza Sana @Caffe Tonino

Off late I have realized that I tend to evaluate an Italian eatery based on the quality of the Tiramisu that they serve, in spite of other desserts like Panna cotta, Gelato, Sorbet and even Affogato, being available. My love for Tiramisu is quite evident and I have no qualms about it. So, quite obviously I ordered one here as well. This one had the right balance of coffee, rum and mascarpone cheese. Garnished with ladyfingers and toffee sauce on the side, this was happiness on my plate.

Tiramisu @Caffe Tonino
Tiramisu @Caffe Tonino

The bill for this meal came up to be Rs 1300 inclusive of all taxes.

My friend and I finished our meal, listened to some more Italian music and enjoyed the warm sunlight pouring through the window. Our day was more than just perfect after savoring such delectable food in an impeccable ambience.

Caffe Tonino might be a new entrant, but thankfully it is the much-needed elegant Italian diner, that Connaught Place deserved.

Buon appetito!

Looking for some french vintage feel this Valentine’ day, check out Les Parisiennes – the French Haveli

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