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Ottimo, ITC Grand Chola

1st Level, Guindy, Chennai
06:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Price: Rs.4000 for two

Cuisine: Italian

Known for: Brunch

Large Group Friendly
Valet parking
Air conditioned
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Balaji Kartha - Burrp User

Balaji Kartha

June 05,2014

Don't let the Chef order for you!

Went there for dinner on my son's birthday and had a nice quiet evening. The ambiance is rich, the service is personal (the celebrity chef took the order himself), the food is yum and the bill is killing!

I mean, I am happy with everything and it was just as expected in a restaurant inside a (what is it) 7* hotel, but why can't they have a good printer to print the bill?! I could not read a thing on it and only found, after reaching home, that they had over charged me for an extra bottle of water that we never had!

The actual Italian stuff (you know, the pastas and pizzas) are not very expensive but we ordered "American' tender loin and that blew a hole in the bill. I suppose that was the 'celebrity Chef' showing his disapproval. But the food was yum. And the portioning was just exact. All three of us had our fill and there was no food wasted (or was it small and we just made up with what we had!). But the waiter was not fussy and redistributed the single items we had ordered into our plates in smaller portions (however my wife says she saw a frown on the 'celebrity chef's' face!)

The chef (who incidentally my wife and son had seen on TV - he just brushed it off as 'long time ago') is a very enthusiastic guy and when we told him we did not want any seafood, he made it a point to let his Chef's know by loudly shouting 'no seafood!' (they have an open kitchen right in the middle of the large room). He passes on all the orders loudly to this kitchen just like in any Udupi or muniyandi joint in Madras! But then I suppose Italians are just as loud as us!

But really, I liked the place and enjoyed the evening. They gave my son a nice chocolate shoofly too.
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Deepesh Tarun  - Burrp User

Deepesh Tarun

June 29,2013

Pure Class

ITC is known for their class and hospitality provided to their customers. But my experience at Ottimo was awesome. We were planning to head to Cheroot but decided to check out Ottimo in the end. From the start the hospitality was brilliant. There were at least three people at our table at our service.

For main course we went for two pizzas. The non veg pizza had Parma Ham and the Veg Pizza had spinach and mushrooms. The Ham slice on the Pizza was the best I have ever had anywhere in Chennai and it arrived so quickly. I never thought Spinach as a main ingredient in any Pizza would be good, but to my surprise even that tasted awesome. Best part about the place is that they had a Sommelier. She impressed us so much, we actually went in for an American Wine bottle. It tasted awesome along with the Pizza.

The service is class. Every time we finished a glass or a pizza slice there were people waiting to refill our plate of glasses. The ambience is excellent as everyone expects with the ITC stable. The food is not as expensive as though. The Pizzas are priced around 700 and the alcohol on the menu is also decently priced and includes taxes. On the whole a brilliant place to spend time and enjoy some great food.
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