Opp Juhu Beach, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai 400049
Tel: 022-26184050, 26184040; delitalia.co.in
Meal for two without alcohol: Rs 1,800
Simply put, Delitalia has a beautifully created space in an enviable location, with good food and decent prices. It’s not the best Italian food in Mumbai, but with some careful selections from the slightly hit-and-miss menu, you wouldn’t know that. The provincial pizza could do with more grilled veggies, the bases could be crisper, but the parma ham pizza is delectable. The tomato bruschette is ok; the poached squid bruschette is awesome. Everything else we ordered was satisfying, whether it’s the three tapenade antipasti served with a variety of good house breads, the superior bacon-wrapped quail (brilliant, actually) or the generous sausage risotto. All beautifully presented. Come on Wednesdays for the musical evenings on the beach-facing terrace. When I visited, Sridhar and Thayil were playing against an improbable backdrop of fluorescent monkey balloons popping up from the beach every so often. It works. Delitalia is a great place for a quiet dinner for two, or for two dozen on your birthday. They do lovely martinis (try the red grape) and sangrias (try the melon) and boast a big wine list. Choose wisely and you will have a great meal here.