Address: Marriott Suites Pune, 81 Mundhwa Koregaon Park Annex, Mundhwa, Pune, Maharashtra India
Time: 11 AM to 2:30 AM
Meals for two: Rs. 2,000
Facilities: Full Bar Available, Outdoor Seating, Brunch, Private Dining Area Available, Wifi
Sorriso in Marriott Suites, is a good option if you want to try out dishes from the northern parts of Italy.
Sorriso – Marriott Suites Pune, Mundhwa, Pune: Decor
Almost a year ago, the erstwhile Bistro that specialized in Italian delicacies along with European specialties was replaced by Sorriso with a sole focus on Italian fare. White tablecloth laden tables, the al fresco walled by a vertical garden and Italian music that oscillates from opera to folk, it’s quite a sophisticated setting without any uppitiness that’s usually associated with an upscale restaurant.
Sorriso – Marriott Suites Pune, Mundhwa, Pune: Food
The chef hails from Brescia from the Lombardy region in Italy, and the menu pays homage to Northern Italy’s cooking. There’s more butter at play that olive oil in the dishes and meat and cheese form a big part of the menu. The expansive menu (a tab) with every page displaying a picture of the dish along with its description has plenty of options for vegetarians as well. If you aren’t here for a course by course meal, start with the pizza. The handmade gourmet pies are their specialty, of which the Funghi topped with mushroom cream, a huge dollop of creamy burrata, cherry tomatoes and truffle oil is an absolute stunner. The Sorriso Salad with peppery rocket leaves, sundried tomatoes, bocconcini, pine nuts is light meal option but could have done with an extra splash of balsamic vinegarette.
Onto to the more meaty and hearty options like the delicious Carpaccio, thinly-sliced tenderloin dressed in lime juice and served with sweet potato and a dehydrated tomato and black olive powder. From the seafood, the Cozze Ripene, wine-poached green lip mussel cooked with bechamel and deep-fried pairs well with a glass of Chardonnay. Speaking of deep-fried, there’s Zucca e Taleggio where taleggio cheese (a mild cheese) is crumb-fried and served on a bed of sweet pureed pumpkin. The pumpkin mash was a bit of a miss, but the fried cheese is delicious.
The pasta section features familiar dishes like aglio olio and spaghetti arrabbiata but if you want something new, go for the deceivingly decadent Casoncelli Bresciani, toffee-shaped pasta stuffed with Parma ham, pancetta, butter and sage. Another hot seller is a very subtle Tagliolini al Limone, taglioni pasta that is slightly thicker than spaghetti tossed in lemon juice, butter and parsley. The desserts, which are supplied by Pune Baking Company, are strictly okay, especially for the price.
Sorriso – Marriott Suites Pune, Mundhwa, Pune: Plus & Minus
A good option in the city to get a taste of good quality Italian fare.