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Once upon a time, Gurgaon was considered too far from Delhi to actually visit for two or three hours. Now, it is grist to our mill, so I suppose that Greater Noida will one day become virtually next door. The Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort is 35kms from Akshardham Mandir. It's like going to a place in the countryside: it is observably quieter, greener and less polluted. And the drive is along the best maintained road in the NCR. Combine lunch or dinner at La Brezza with a game of golf or just a general family outing and it is as refreshing as a full-blown holiday.

La Brezza is the Jaypee Group's first stab at a full-fledged Italian restaurant and the surprise is how different it is from the regular formula. For one, the waiters are a highly clued-in bunch. Ask them just about any question and they'll answer. Our server, Himanshu could explain each and every dish on the menu. Something of a first for me! The other factor is that while La Brezza is not a regional restaurant, it celebrates the food of Sicily as few other restaurants in India do. And that is because the consultant who put it together for the hotel hails from Sicily, though he is a resident of Canada now.

Carpaccio di tonno (Rs 795) consists of finely sliced tuna fish arranged on a plate in the same manner as tenderloin carpaccio would be. The taste is slightly more fishy than say, sashimi, but given the Sicilian love of tuna, it is an apt addition to the menu. Fritto di Gamberi (Rs 795) or batter-fried prawns is a tasty dish, with a tiny nod to the local palate: the batter is seasoned much more than it would be in Italy. For me, the polpo alla grilia (Rs 795) was the finest starter. The small octopi were tender and with a squeeze of lemon, they made a great antipasto.

La Ribollita (Rs 425) is a wonderfully hearty Tuscan soup, packed with diced vegetables, borlotti and cannellini beans. It is vegetarian, but packed with flavour and eminently suitable for meat eaters as well! Ravioli con anatra (Rs 895) has a Sicilian connection in the marsala that goes into the reduction that is poured over the duck confit in the ravioli. I have to say that a bit of training would go a long way: the Marsala reduction was like a sticky, splodge of sauce. Much more classical was the Linguine al Frutti di Mare (Rs 1025). The pasta was perfectly al dente and the prawns, fish and squid had a pleasant bite.

For main course, aragosta al forno con salsa al tartufo (Rs 2995) was the high point of the entire meal. The lobster was cooked to perfection and the sauce was prepared the classic way, with emulsified egg yolks. La Brezza has a novel way of sticking to the classics yet pleasing the local palate. It plates the food with minimal sauce, but provides extra in a small sauce boat on the side!

There also pizzas (Rs 995-1295) on offer, each large enough to be a complete meal.

The pastry chef, Frank Turmine, is a genius with creating all sorts of marvellous desserts, mascarpone al limone (Rs 425) being the best.

Updated about 5hrs ago

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This chain has a large share of the Indian pie, so to speak. No wonder it happens to be a hot favourite of Delhiites. The legendary pizza multinational has its finger on the pulse of desi tastes, and continually upgrades its offerings: cheeseburst pizza bases are their innovation. Over the years, it has become a hit with people here who never tire of their share of fast food. Despite attempts to Indianize the offerings, you can settle for conventional numbers such as the Hamlet and the Ham, Black Olives, Mushroom and Cheese, preferably pan, if you aren't counting the calories. For the adventurous, there's always the Paneer Rancho Pizza, Chicken Supreme Pizza, Chicken Tikka Makhni Pizza, Exotica Pizza, Country Feast Pizza.... Also recommended are the Garlic Bread, the Spaghetti Fusilli Arrabiata and the wonderfully fresh Chicken Salad. The standardized interiors - with the signature red crayon flourish on the plates, the cubist art on the walls and the wannabe-American waiters and menu - lend a feeling of deja vu to each branch.

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