At the outset, when you enter ITC grand chola, it just takes your breath away! what grandeur!!! lovely!!!
went with family and we decided to try out ottimo which was itc's first italian restaurant in any of their properties.
the ambience is perfect with a live kitchen in the centre of the restaurant. the architecture loooks very modern, a complate contrast to the architecture of the hotel!!!
for the food, we started with the farfalle arabiatta which was really nice. just the right amount of sauce for the pasta and very nice flavour to it.
we then had a spaghetti carbonara which is in white sauce and it was again, delicious. the creaminess of the white sauce was perfect and the meat inside it was yummy!!!
we then had their sea food risotto, which without doubt, was the star of the night. it was one of the most perfect risotto's ive had with the rice cooked to perfection and with some of the most perfectly cooked sea food!
and finally, we decided to try their veg lasagna, the first time i was having a lasagne!!! and to be honest, it was pretty good! cooked to perfection with oodles of flavour.
for dessert we ordered a panacotta with a raspberry sauce around it. yumminess at its best!!!! the texture of the panacotta was perfect with kind of a jelly like bounce to it and the raspberry sauce was a perfect accompaniment to it.
coming to the service, it was perfect ( what else do you expect from a 5* hotel!) - 5/5
the ambience was good - 5/5
the food was, as expected with itc hotels, delicious! another 5/5
however, the portion sizes are really small and cos of that you dont feel very content at the end of it. and thats the reason ive given it 4 stars!!! :p improve the portion, and this may just end up being the next best italian restaurant in chennai!!!