Chianti – Ristorante & Wine Bar, Indiranagar

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Italian is my second favorite cuisine after Pan Asian. I also find Italian cuisine to be perfect for a romantic mood or occasion. So, it was but natural that I picked this newly opened outlet of Chianti in Indiranagar for my Anniversary 🙂 By now, I’ve had 2 back to back visits to this place…first as mentioned for my anniversary and then another one almost within a week after for my daughter’s birthday…:-)

This outlet is located on 12th Main Indiranagar, Opp to the Lakme Salon n Mother Clucker’s Pub. It has 2 kinds of seating, an outdoor quasi al fresco and the more cosy n warm indoor seating. We tried both over the 2 visits and loved em…the al fresco is perfect for a lazy brunch or a spaced out lunch.

In terms of food…we tried a wide spread over the 2 visits,

The Red wine Sangria was one of the best I’ve had…with a perfect mix of pears, bitter orange rind and apples. Best for a early to late afternoon meal.

Red Wine Sangria

Red Wine Sangria

The Mushroom n Pear Salad was a surprise package for us…Raw Mushrooms sliced into thin slivers served with again thinly sliced Pears…n crunchy lettuce with a generous sweet balsamico drizzle. Loved it 🙂

Mushroom and Pear Salad

Mushroom and Pear Salad

We tried 2 kinds of roasted Eggplant rolls. One stuffed with goat cheese, Rucola and sun-dried tomatoes and another with crumbly mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes.  Both were quite similar in terms of look and presentation. The one with goats cheese tasted better though.

Roasted Egg Plant Rolls with Goats/Mozarella Cheese and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Roasted Egg Plant Rolls with Goats/Mozarella Cheese and Sun-dried Tomatoes

My wife being a big lover of the Funghi…we ordered the Stuffed n Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic, Parsley n Olive Oil. Again…another lovely dish.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

Penne Al Pesto : Now this was a disappointment…We love our Pesto with Pasta…but this one was watery…I loved it thick with a generous drizzle of EVOO. Not ordering this again or if I do…will make sure I tell them how I want it.

Penne Al Pesto

Penne Al Pesto

Ordered some Rosemary Potato Wedges to go with the Penne Al Pesto…Was pretty good but alas…my Penne Al Pesto was not good enough to go with it 😉

Rosemary Potatoes

Rosemary Potatoes

Spinach n Ricotta Ravioli with Smoked cheese, mushroom n cream sauce was was a subtle n delectable dish…Loved it 🙂

Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli

Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli

The Spinach flavored Gnocchi with a cream n mushroom sauce was another lovely and subtle dish with a melt in your mouth soft gnocchi and that lovely creamy mushroom sauce 🙂

Spinach flavored Gnocchi

Spinach flavored Gnocchi

The Cannelloni with Spinach and Ricotta has to be the best Cannelloni we’ve had in a very long time..soft pasta…fresh spinach n ricotta filling…a punchy tomato sauce and topped off with fresh n stringy mozzarella….Heavenly 🙂

Spinach n Ricotta Canelloni

Spinach n Ricotta Canelloni

After all that vegetarian fare…I finally ordered a Pollo Al Ripieni, Chicken breast rolled n stuffed with stringy mozzarella, sage, asparagus…pan sauteed in olive oil and served with a side of rosemary potatoes….A yummy dish…and a big portion too.

Pollo Al Ripieni

Pollo Al Ripieni

I must also speak about the warm n very fluffy bread they serve with a pesto/herbed butter. You can simply keep stuffing yourself on this lovely bread…so pls beware 🙂

Freshly baked warm bread with herbed pesto butter

Freshly baked warm bread with herbed pesto butter

If you are going to an Italian restaurant…you have to try their Tiramisu or Gelato if they have it. Chianti does not have a Gelato…but they do have their Tiramisu which came highly recommended. And it lived up to its reputation…one of the best Tiramisu’s I’ve had in a long time…Moist…Perfect coffee flavor…and that nice crunchy n nutty biscotti. Mmmm…yummy 🙂

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Service was impeccable…very efficient, helpful and attentive without being over-whelming.

The average cost would be in the range of 1500-2000 for 2 without alcohol. Slightly expensive…but for the quality of food and level of service n ambience…I would say it is worth it 🙂

Ambience : 4/5
Food : 4/5
Service : 4/5
VFM : 3.5/5
Overall Rating : 4/5

Highly recommended for all Italian food lovers and I’m going back again…n again 🙂

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