Simplicity is Chef Giuseppe Lioce’s philosophy. He believes in cooking high quality traditional Italian food, bringing out the character of fresh ingredients, keeping it minimum and allowing the simple elements in the dish to work the magic. With 13 years of experience in boutique restaurants and 5 star hotels throughout Europe, Chef Giuseppe is bringing his expertise to offer something new at Prego, the beautiful Italian restaurant in The Westin Pune Koregaon Park.
My foodie gang, Pune Foodiez and I were invited to be a part of menu tasting with the exciting signature dishes by Chef Guiseppe. I was very excited to try everything as authentic traditional Italian feast like this is difficult to come by. And of course, the dinner went very well.
Simple antipasti platter with Cured Beef, Roasted Eggplant with Tomato Sauce and Melon Shots with Parma Ham was coming together quite nicely in terms of texture and flavors. Eggplant with Tomato Sauce was divine. It’s melting and full of flavor. The quality cured beef was delicate and packed with flavor, and the melon shot was refreshing.
Radicchio with Scamorza Cheese looked amazing, but it was slightly bitter. I don’t like bitterness in food, so this was the dish I enjoyed the least in the tasting.
Beef and Foie Gras Carpaccio with Truffle Croutons, Pancetta, Rocket Salad and Lavender Dressing were amazing. The beef was decadent and the dressing went well with it. Truffle croutons and pancetta gave a nice crunch to it. The lavender dressing was mild and delicious.
Grilled Truffle Honey Scallops with Pumpkin Puree, Mushrooms and Crispy Parma Ham came together beautifully. Scallops was perfectly cooked, juicy and tender, while I love the smooth texture of Pumpkin Puree against it.
Fresh Artichokes with Shaved Parmesan, Fresh Herbs and Lime Dressing was very interesting. I had never had raw artichoke before. It’s very rustic and simple.
Homemade Tonnarelli Pasta with Black Peppers and Pecorino Cheese was outstanding. It’s the dish that represented Chef Giuseppe so well, so simple and so good.
Ravioli Stuffed with Eggplants and Mascarpone was perfect. I love the stuffing very much. It’s super creamy and subtle. The ravioli was served with cherry tomato and mozzarella.
Homemade Basil Pasta with Lobster, Garlic and Cherry Tomato Sauce was wonderful as well. I love how fresh the lobster was. The right amount of sauce was tossed in fresh and warm pasta. It’s very comforting.
Baked Sea Bass was my most favorite dish of the night. The fish was so fresh and cooked to perfection. It’s soft and juicy. Tomato Sauce with olives, capers were drizzled along with it, and the hearty polenta and Spinach was served on the side. For me, this dish was heaven on the plate.
Another amazing dish was slow cooked lamb in red wine sauce. I thought the lamb was succulent and alone was quite intense. But with mashed potato, it’s divine.
Chicken Fillets Cooked in Arrabiata Sauce with Country Style Polenta and Seasonal Vegetable felt very homely and generous with flavors, and it’s something I can imagine being loved by families.
Risotto Montagna with Porcini mushroom and Gorgonzola Cheese was very rich, dense and creamy. The flavor is bold with strong hint of gorgonzola swimming in every bite.
For dessert, we had warm puff pastry with custard, strawberries and homemade vanilla ice-cream. The dessert made me very happy. It was out of this world delicious. Soft custard melted in crispy warm pastry, and with vanilla ice-cream, each bite was so delightful.
Chef Giuseppe is definitely bringing something different to the city. I love how he tailors rustic homemade dishes into the fine-dining plates with his own twist. I certainly had a great time at Prego, Westin Pune Koregaon Park. If you want to have this lovely experience, go visit and see what Chef Giuseppe will be serving.
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