Artusi, an Italian fine dine, has been into operations since the year 2014, having one outlet in GK, New Delhi and the other one on Golf Course Road Gurgaon.
Brainchild of Mr. Oscar Balcon, Artusi is a culmination of his dream and passion for serving the best Italian food in India. After engaging in a conversation with him, I got a sneak peek into his life. Mr. Balcon, has been residing in India since a long time now, but he belongs to the Emilia Romagna region, Italy. Professionally, Oscar pursued a career in banking that took him all over the globe but his love for the food from Emilia Romagna compelled him to leave behind his high flying corporate job and open a restaurant with his wife Mrs.Gurprinder.
As I mentioned earlier, that Artusi, is an inspiration from Mr.Balcon’s homeland, the team enthusiastically embraces the culture, traditions and cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna region, which is the home of famous products used in fine dining around the world. Home-made outstanding pasta creations are a core to the cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna and I tried one such dish called Chitarra al Granchio e Pomodorini. I will talk about this later in the blog.
I also heard this short interesting story behind the name of the restaurant. It has been named after Mr.Pellegrino Artusi, who is also a native to Emilia-Romagna and is considered a founder of the Italian cuisine by virtue of having authored a book in 1891 called ‘Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well’. This seminal work is renowned as the first Italian cooking book written in the kingdom of Italy and has remained a culinary reference point for fine Italian cuisine around the globe since its first publishing.
I visited the GK outlet- The bar is situated right at the entrance. The decor, the vibe and the dishes on the menu truly give you an authentic Italian feel. Italians eat many sequential courses of smaller size and that’s exactly how I and my friend were served right from starting with some savoury breads & wine to ending the meal with a dessert.
LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER ON YOUR PALATE
They have a huge variety of appetizers , salads, soups, pasta, risotto, seafood and desserts.
Here’s what I had
Started my meal with some assorted breads and wine along with Amuse Bouche, which was called Gazpacho, which is basically a chilled tomatoes and raw vegetables soup. For the uninitiated, Amuse bouche is a small complimentary appetizer which is not a part of the regular menu.
Ferro Salad: It’s a salad made with Ferro rocket leaves, grapes, raisins, pears and goat cheese with pine nuts done in EVO and balsamic vinegar. A little heads up, go for this only if you can relish real salads, just like me 🙂
Chitarra al Granchio e Pomodorini: This was the dish I was talking about earlier. i.e- homemade pasta being a core to the cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna. This dish is basically a handmade spaghetti chitarra with fresh crab meat set in a spiced tomato sauce with plum tomatoes. Definitely a must have if you relish crab meat!
Agnolotti Zucca, Patate e Gorgonzola: Rectangular shaped pasta pockets filled with pumpkin and potatoes set in gorgonzola cheese sauce. Though I don’t like pumpkin much, but the gorgonzola cheese made it so much more tasty that I ended up eating it all :p
We were served portions of these on the same plate.
Scallopata di Maiale: Grilled pork fillet served with rosemary potatoes and sautéed vegetables. The pork was grilled to perfection and surely is a delight for all the pork lovers out there.
Lobster Risotto: It was the first time ever that I had Lobster in my life and am so glad that Artusi gave me such a wonderful experience of having it , so much so that I’ve added Lobster to my list of favourites. The taste was amazing and the presentation was simply outstanding.
Panna Cotta: Guess what, this is Artusi’s signature dessert that is made with homemade figs jam and almond slivers. Loved its silk smoothy texture with a gentle wobble. They simply nailed it!
Cioccolato Nero e Scorza di Arancia: Dark airy chocolate mousse with caramelised orange peel. This desert is a boon to all those calorie conscious people out there and for those who love dark chocolate, too.
After having such a delightful experience, I can say that I agree with the fact that Artusi is truly a tribute to the Emilia-Romagna, and to Italian food and wines.
If any of you would like to get a virtual tour of the place and have a look at my experience, click on the link below 🙂
Oh Artusi has a special something in store for the corporates as well: the Italian fine dining restaurant , at its Gurgaon outlet, has introduced ‘Artusi Lunch Express’ on weekdays to ensure a great dining experience is not sacrificed only due to lack of time, with the promise of delivering a multi-course lunch with 15 minutes of placement. If not, the lunch will be on the house.
₹3,000 for two (approx)