As you enter Ottimo, the first thing to catch your eye will be the high resolution photo frames of herbs and spices that dominate Italian Cuisine. This followed by the fact that their table seats are names after the said herbs and spices.
They also have a pretty private dining space, that caters to about 8 to 10 guests, which is surrounded by lovely green terrariums. By now, you know they are going to get their flavours and presentation on point.
The exquisite Ottimo Restaurant at ITC Gardenia is built on signature Pan-Italian concept that showcases authentic Italian Cuisine. Chef Vittorio Greco’s specially handcrafted Pizzas along with their menu consisting of soups, elaborate antipasti, variety of pastas and desserts.
Known for using the freshest herbs, the right flour, the best oils we sure were in for a treat.
Out of the five pizzas listed in the special menu, we tried out four. No Italian restaurant is complete without trying their Italian Salami Pizza. The next pizza, which was the Tomato Burrata Pizza, really stood out. Topped with amazingly fresh Arugula(Rocket) leaves and Puglia oil drizzled on top, we couldn’t get enough of it.
The Chicken Pizza with Smoked Scamorza Cheese was a delight. While the Pizza Bianca, the only non-tomato based pizza was a favourite as well. This pizza with variety of mushrooms, truffle oil, 3 cheese pizza was deliciously done.
Apart from the Pizza Month menu, we tried some dishes from their regular menu as well. While the desserts and mains did not give us anything to complain about, what stood out were the Soup and Antipasti.
The Ligurian Style Seafood Broth was perfectly flavoured and served with the freshest scallops and shrimp we have ever had. No wonder this is one of the most popular soups here. The Antipasti, which was a ITC Blue Potato Salad on a crisp was a gastronomical delight. Rightly dressed with cranberry ‘chutney’ this dish was, to simply put it – awesome.
Do head to Ottimo for their Pizza Month, which is running till Oct End. And do try out their other delicious offerings as well. The Pizzas are priced at Rs. 700 ++ per pizza.