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I had very high hopes from Dezio, the non vegetarian version of Dario's, started by Dario and his wife Rebecca. Firstly because Dario is from Sicily, the home of some outstanding regional Italian food. Secondly, he has been in Pune for many years now, understands the palate, price points and the challenges of working here. The restaurant itself is simple and stark and looks like it could be anywhere in the world with a charming outdoor section covered by huge canvas umbrellas and a smaller indoor area. The crockery, cutlery and glassware for a fine dining restaurant could be better. Service is a bit scatty. They try hard but don't quite hit the mark trying in vain to pronounce the Italian names of dishes and wines.

Food

We started with the antipasto pina muzza, a selection of nonvegetarian and vegetarian starters on a platter including delectable parma ham, a delicious caponata (a Sicilian sweet and sour relish made with aubergine, bell peppers, onions and capers).The Carpaccio di manzo, thin slices of beef with olive oil and lemon, was fresh but perhaps needed a touch of seasoning and freshly cracked pepper would help. The pizza Santo Rosalia with parma ham, gorgonzola, fresh tomato sauce and parmesan, came straight out of a wood fired oven and was one of the best I have had in the city. We tried Maltagliati montalbano, thin layers of pasta with meatballs and a fresh tomato sauce, the simplest and proba bly one of the best dishes on the menu. The penne aidone with broccoli, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan was unfortunately dry and oily and tasted as if the pas ta had been cooked much earlier and kept aside. The pollo ras paglia, a simple dish of grilled chicken, was overcooked. How ever the tagliata gilarduzzo was melt in the mouth. Some of the sides like the pepperoni arosto and the steamed broccoli were well prepared. Do leave room for desserts, there are sev eral on the menu to try. The gatto di ri cotta Siciliana with cooked barley and creamy ricotta cheese has an ac quired taste but benefits from not being too sweet. I loved the cannoli with vanilla and chocolate cream fillings. Well these were certainly worth the drive across town. town.

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Lots of competition in the non-vegetarian Italian restaurant scene will make this an uphill task for Dezio.

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Lovely dishes out some authentic North Indian food. Of special mention are Chicken Tikka Masala, Sarson da Saag and Makki di Roti. Aloo Methi, Veg Kadhai, Chicken Bhuna, Chicken Lahsuni Masala and Mutton Rogan Josh are also there on the menu. The turban-clad chefs do a decent job behind the burner, though not outstanding. From the Chinese cuisine, the Chicken Hot 'n' Sour Soup is quite nice, while the rest are just the usual suspects. However, the service is painfully slow. Dependable and economical North Indian food is the deal here. Not so lovely but rather a simple eatery!

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