There is a new Don in town. Only this one believes in conquering territories through his pizza, and Gurgaon is all set to be his latest conquest. Pizza Vito was set up in 1966 by a Sicilian Vito Di Bartolo who migrated to New York some 56 years ago. Today his son Joe personally supervises each of his pizzerias in the US and overseas. A few weeks ago, this eatery has opened shop at the ILD Mall at Sohna Road.
The café has a long corridor like layout with an open kitchen lining one side—reminiscent of the pizzerias one would find in Milan or Florence. “The focus of the restaurant is on serving authentic tastes with the finest quality ingredients,” says a cheerful Chef Jitender Pundir.
The truth of his statement is more than verified by the starter. The Chicken Caesar salad (Rs 149) has fresh iceberg lettuce, sun dried tomatoes, a generous helping of shaved parmesan and crispy croutons. The Caesar dressing is traditional and authentic. It is a good salad, though those used to tangier, spicier tastes may find it a trifle bland.
The chef recommends that I try the Bronx bomber pizza (Rs 279 for an 8-incher). One look at the description and I am salivating already. Here is a heady combination of pepperoni, Parma ham, grilled chicken, chicken sausage and loads of mozzarella all loaded on a thin crust base. As the pizza arrives on my table, it looks picture perfect. A bite into it is a gourmet experience, beating all expectations. Here is a pizza the Godfather would have been proud of.
The grilled chicken pesto panini (Rs 149) is a sandwich of grilled fillets of chicken with freshly ground pesto. The taste of the sandwich is enhanced to another level by the combined flavours of basil, garlic and toasted pine nuts that the pesto has successfully captured.
Since most of the customers are ordering a baked macaroni and cheese (Rs 189), I too am tempted to give it a try. It is easy to understand why this Italian-American dish is considered by many as the national dish of America. Here is a comfort food that provides oodles of tender love and care through its creamy, cheesy taste, and velvety soft texture. Incidentally, July 14 is celebrated every year as the national macaroni and cheese day in America, and rightfully so.
The dessert course of tiramisu (Rs 99) or pick-me-up in Italian is technically perfect and exquisite to taste. Layers of saviordi biscuit dipped in espresso, mascarpone fluffed up with the addition of the egg, and the topping of cocoa powder create a true dolce moment.
Pizza Vito offers a taste experience that is among the best in the city. All tastes are fresh and pretty authentic. I plan to go back for more – this time around, I will try their white pizza.
Ratings out of 5
Food: 4.5, Ambiance: 3.5, Service: 4.0| Overall: 4.0
Address: Pizza Vito, GF 05, ILD Trade Centre Mall, Subhash Chowk, Sohna Road, Gurgaon | Phone: 0124-4027111/ 4027112/ 4027113 | Cuisine: Italian | Timings: 11 AM – 11 PM | Meal for two: Rs 1000 (without alcohol)