Monday, August 4, 2014

Food Review: La Vie - The Tempting Little Pizzeria

Herb Grilled Vegetables Sandwich
In the hustle and bustle of south Delhi’s Khan Market, tucked away is a new quaint little Italian joint La Vie. As one steps into this cosy restaurant, it’s easy to be transported to any little pizzeria that you’ll encounter at every nook and corner of Rome, Florence or Naples.

La Vie at best seats about 30 people at a time and on a wet and dreary Monday evening it was almost packed to the rafters — which indicates the rapidly growing popularity of the restaurant. If the large oven at the back of the kitchen is not enough to tempt you already then take our advice and opt for the breads and pizza immediately!
For starters, we ordered the Rosemary and Garlic Bread (Rs 200) along with a Chicken Caesar Salad (Rs 320) as well as a Spinach and Ricotta Raviolli. The aromas from the herb on the bread are the first attraction followed by the sweetness and freshness of the beautifully baked garlic bread dough — perfect accompaniment for any of the salads.

The ravioli was silky smooth in texture and the mild crunch of the spinach with the fresh ricotta cheese in a pesto sauce made it lip-smackingly good. For the next course, we opted for the pizza and we picked the Pizza Milano (Rs 590) and Pizza Mexicano (Rs 690). The former is a cured meat special with thinly sliced ham and bacon topped with basil and mozzarella cheese while the Mexicano comes with a layer of BBQ sauce with toppings of tender chicken, jalapeños, pineapple, cheddar cheese and mozarella.

Chef Naresh Varma
The crust of the both the pizzas was thin yet crispy which made the bubbling cheese on top of it even more tastier. Since La Vie is only in its early days, they offer a selection of about 20 pizzas right now which they hope to double soon enough. Chef Naresh Varma has spent the better part of two decades working in Italy and care he takes with the pizzas and raviolis just shines through on the plate.

For the Indian loving public, La Vie also offers a selection of tikkas — Chicken Methi Malai Tikka, Chicken Tikka and Fish Tikka (made with fresh river sole) — but if one can have a much more tasty and sumptuous experience with Italian, why opt for Indian?

For our main course, we ordered Grilled Prawns (Rs 690), perfectly smoky in flavour and served with mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables and herb rice. The tiger prawns were crisp on the outside but perfectly cooked in the middle with their taste accentuated by the garlic, white wine and vinegar marinade. The Grilled Chicken on the menu is equally tender yet juicy. The chilli and herb marinate goes perfectly with the sides of herb rice.

The restaurant doesn’t offer any alcoholic beverages but that is more than made up for by their own unique mocktails, one of which is the signature La Vie Da — a lovely mix of lime, oregano and jalapeños. 
La Vie is the perfect for a family outing on an Italian binge and if you can’t make it to a pizzeria in Italy, might as well turn up here!

Location:  La Vie, 51- A, Khan Market.

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