A fine-dining Italian restaurant chain with branches across Bangalore, Chennai and recently Pune; Toscano Restaurant & Wine Bar offers an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Toscano offers an eclectic menu from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners.
A tiled floor and arch with a soothing white ambiance welcomes you as you step foot into the restaurant and instants transports you to the trattorias of Italy. The al fresco seating is a perfect spot for a lazy weekend lunch while the cozy interiors play perfect host to a romantic dinner experience.
|The al fresco seating|
A recent visit to this place left me visibly impressed.
When in Toscano, eat bread the way Italians do – with some basil walnut pesto and salsa pomodoro. As soon as you are seated at the table, an assortment of freshly baked bread including the iconic focaccia is served alongside garden-fresh sauces. A great way to satiate your hunger as you look forward to the next courses.
|The Bread Basket|
A flawless concoction of gin, lavender and elderflower syrups, peach, sweet & sour and egg white, the Insolito is picture perfect in appearance & in flavours.
|Insolito [Rs. 475]|
Sautéed mushrooms and artichoke hearts tossed in an aglio olio sauce is always a healthy option. Add kale green salad and pine nuts for the crunch and your Funghi E Carciofi Trifoliate is the perfect antipasti.
|Funghi E Carciofi Trifoliate [Rs. 485]|
The Sapori Mediterranei sported some lovely, fresh flavors. The creaminess of the hummus went well with the textures of the Greek eggplant while the cumin crisp bread and olives provided the crunch and tanginess respectively.
|Sapori Mediterranei [Rs. 485]|
The Tartare Di Salmone E Involtini had truffle oil drizzled salmon tartare & crunchy cucumber salmon roulade, pickled vegetables, green apple salad with mixed greens while the Pollo Tonnato dished out herb poached chicken slices coated in creamy tuna caper mayo & served with mixed greens & caper berries. A lot of complex flavors and textures to both dishes and anyone who is a fish aficionado would savor these.
|Tartare Di Salmone E Involtini [Rs. 595]|
|Pollo Tonnato [Rs. 515]|
The Burrata E Prosciutto Di Parma was beauty on a plate. Roasted fig and fine Parma ham slices with melting burrata, almond shavings, greens and mixed olives drizzled with truffle oil had simple flavors yet went fantastic when combined.
|Burrata E Prosciutto Di Parma [Rs. 595]|
Artisan & Special Pastas
The Tagliatelle Con Tartufo had hand-made pasta with truffle flavored butter sauce, truffle shavings & parmesan cheese. The richness of the truffles complemented the bite of the parmesan and the tagliatelle too was perfectly al-dente.
|Tagliatelle Con Tartufo [Rs. 875]|
Handmade Sourdough Pizza
It’s quite impressive to know that Toscano uses only artisan sourdough, topped with the best ingredients & baked to perfection with their special tomato sauce & mozzarella cheese. In order to try more flavors, we opted to go for a half-and-half.
The Toscano had pesto chicken, bell peppers, onions, olives & boiled egg while the Parma Ham had buffalo mozzarella, fine Parma ham & balsamic coated figs. Authentic ingredients, and simple flavors were the common standouts in both pizzas. Although the Parma Ham took my heart away.
|Toscano [Rs. 695] and Parma Ham [Rs. 785]|
I have always been a fan of Italian desserts, knowing they go above and beyond the obvious. And the desserts at Toscano did not disappoint.
The Charcoal Infused Cheese Cake with fresh fruit cranberry compote was as gorgeous as art on a plate with a myriad of textures on the mouth-feel while the Lemon, Orange Chiffon Chiboust with lemon grass ice cream was even more stunning. Absolutely gorgeous on the plate and equally delectable on the palate.
|Charcoal Infused Cheese Cake [Rs. 305]|
|Lemon, Orange Chiffon Chiboust [Rs. 305]|
Having come up in place of the erstwhile legendary Terttulia Bistro, Toscano had a seeming burden of expectations right off the bat, and it delivers on all counts.
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