For those who enjoy good food yet prefer to watch their calorie in-take, usually settle for Italian food like me. So when I learnt that Chef Fabio Maiano had come from Milan, I wanted to join him at a special chef’s table dinner prepared the Italian way, and learn and enjoy the new Italian cuisine at Prego, Westin Mumbai Garden City.
It was an opportunity to taste the authentic flavours of Italy served up as a lip smacking experience. I was amused to learn that Risotto was more of the celebrated meal option across Italy and not pizza what we believe for so long now. In fact, pizzas are rather considered to be a quick snack option and often junk. This is true for the other popular alternative that most of us opt for, that is- pasta! Though the chef added that pasta was considered to be a healthier option mostly.
Now that was quite an input the jolly chef shared candidly adding fun anecdotes about the food in India. He in fact felt that sometimes the food in India can be as good as back home in Italy for him. I was amused to know that the Italian cuisine that he had indulged in at Varanasi of all places, was the best according to him. So a well travelled chef like him would know the difference for sure. When it came to the authentic Indian platter, he declared his love for kofta and did not mind having spicy food too. As the conversation proceeded, the guests were excited to get him to entertain them and enlighten them further.
As far as I was concerned, what made my experience at Prego enjoyable apart from the comfort food and the delightful conversation, was the ambiance. It is a place that is colourful, vibrant and uncluttered. Quite well lit yet soothing to the eyes. I had been there during the day earlier but the place seems much better at night. There were a lot of expats and in-house guests enjoying their meal at other tables too.
In fact, I wanted to give a miss to the wine that was being paired with the food, but I reached out for a well-blended cold coffee to sip through along with my meal. That too left me with a happy buzz and I was told that the word the Prego in Italian means ‘Welcome’! Now this is one place that lives upto its name for sure 🙂