“Non riesco a sopportar quelli che non prendono seriamente il cibo”
“I can’t stand people who do not take food seriously”
– Oscar Wilde
I’m an ambitious person – usually. However, there are a few times when all thoughts of work, success or ambition completely desert me: this is when I sit down to eat. I’m a foodie and I love everything about food, especially Italian cuisine. The problem with finding authentic Italian cuisine in Bangladesh lies not with the talent of the chef or the availability of authentic Italian recipes – these are matters that can easily be remedied. The main problem lies with the freshness of the ingredients that are being used, because these are essentially the main components of bona fide Italian gastronomy.
If you are anything like me i.e. a foodie who appreciates, recognizes, values and understands food, then I’d advise you to not delay any longer and make your way to the most authentic Italian joint in town – this wonderful restaurant called “Tuscany”. Located a few buildings down from Lakeshore Banani Hotel, this charming Italian restaurant is now aiming to wow its clientele with what genuine Tuscan food should be all about. I visited Tuscany on a Friday afternoon for lunch, and immediately fell in love with this place.
The first item I tried was the amazing “Carpaccio Di Manzo”. Comprising of fresh, thinly sliced premium beef, served with parmesan cheese, shredded lettuce, homemade pesto sauce and drizzled with fresh lemon juice and a touch of extra virgin olive oil – this dish hit the spot. Honest confession – this was actually the first time I was attempting to try beef carpaccio (I had usually just stuck to the fish alternatives all this while), but this dish blew me away. The beef was sliced paper thin and the combined taste of the fresh pesto sauce was simply irresistible.
The crunch of the fresh lettuce perfectly complemented the tanginess of the lemon. This, along with the tartness of the parmesan, ensured variety. I especially loved the way the chef succeeded in mastering this dish and ensuring that all the elements harmonized each other. The beef slices were almost translucent, a testament to the chef’s skills.
After that flavorful start to our meal, it was time to bring out the big guns i.e. the main dishes! First up was the gorgeously creamy “Linguine Con Gamberetti Aglio, Olio E Spinach”. Now anyone who loves Italian cuisine will be aware of just how important pasta is in this context and this dish did not disappoint.
However, the main stars of this dish were the prawns. Italian cuisine focuses on richness of the food and the linguine was layered liberally with plenty of shrimp. The tangy zest of Dijon mustard provided an excellent kick and my tastebuds went into overdrive.
The pasta was cooked to perfection – it was neither hard and chewy, nor soft and mushy – just the perfect firmness. The essential fusion of the olive oil, the spinach and the creamy white sauce enriched this dish and the grated garnish of parmesan was the fitting finish.
Next up was the stunningly plated “Pollo Con Prosciutto E Mozzarella”, a beautiful dish comprising of chicken breast stuffed with beef prosciutto di parma and mozzarella cheese and cooked in a creamy sage sauce. I just loved how this dish managed to bring together all the essential Italian favorites of mine (more specifically prosciutto and mozzarella) into one incredible dish.
A quick chat with the management revealed that all the ingredients are handpicked and chosen accordingly, a fact I most certainly appreciated as soon as I had devoured my first bite of this dish. The prosciutto served as an ideal barrier between the chicken and the mozzarella, ensuring that it remained piping hot and maintained its melted consistency. Care had been taken during baking the chicken and ensuring that the chicken retained its juiciness and essence, instead of being dry and flaky. The buttery and creamy mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables were a perfect addition – these, along with the sage sauce, brought this dish together.
But the best (and my favorite!) had been saved for last: the magnificent “Risotto Com Gamberetti Scampi”, an excellent dish of Arborio rice cooked al dente with king prawns in a creamy tomato sauce. Properly cooked Risotto is as Italian as it gets and a common favorite in the Tuscan countryside. This was a hearty and fragrant dish, generously endowed with seafood and spices, which exploded on my tongue in a multitude of flavors. Having been cooked and kept al dente, the rice grains provided a decent bite and the rich and creamy texture was an absolute delight.
Risotto is one of those dishes that may be used to recognize the talent of a chef, because although it appears to be deceptively easy to prepare, a single mistake is enough to completely ruin the dish. My compliments to the chef, for ensuring that our risotto turned out perfectly.
It’d be an absolute shame if I didn’t mention the exquisite and homely interior that encompasses Tuscany. I fell in love with the many gorgeous pieces of artwork generously adorning the walls. The attention to detail should indeed be applauded – once you walk inside, it’s very easy to feel like you’re in a traditional homely restaurant in Tuscany itself. The location is also a bonus – situated in Banani so it is convenient to get to, but not directly on Road 11 which would make it too noisy. In conclusion, if you fancy authentic Italian cuisine and enjoy dining with your loved ones in stylish, serene and homely surroundings, then a visit to Tuscany is a must!
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To Read More about my travels, check out the Following LINKS:
- Practical Itineraries for THE PHILIPPINES!
- Exploring BANGLADESH with Feetpin Travel!
- Why you need to visit GREECE now, before it’s overrun with Tourists!
I was hosted as a guest at Tuscany. However, as always, all opinions are entirely my own!