The Pizzeria Romano is located bang in middle of the food street in Koramangala, with many other restaurants serving a host of culinary delights dotting the street. Inside the restaurant the lighting is dim, the crowds are filling in and light pop music wafts through.

To beat the heat, I start with a sampling of a watermelon-based mocktail. It is fairly balanced and has a high flavour of the fruit. Apart from pizzas, Pizzeria also serves a host of dishes from the Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. We start with portions of the light roast bell pepper soup, served in a tomato base. It is not high on spice and is excellent for a sore throat. The chicken clear soup was bland and offered no great high on the taste or flavour.

Even for those on diet, the chicken crostini, chicken or vegetarian filling served with liberal helpings of cheese on cibatta bread is hard to resist. The cheese is complemented well with the chicken and vegetables provide the feeling of munching into a roll. For the record, I am not a big fan of shrimp, but the Cajun popcorn shrimp made me reconsider. With a hint of mayo, the shrimp is marinated well, fried and served in Cajun spices. The shrimp absorbs the flavour well, but is not overpowering. Instead, it blends well to provide for an excellent starter. The meaty and tangy buffalo wings are an excellent option, especially for those who love to start the meal with a small drink.

In the vegetarian section, we enjoyed the spicy burritos — stuffed with cabbage sautéed in bean sauce and served in tortilla flutes. The corn cheese balls, a delightful mix of cheese and fresh corn are a very popular choice.

Vegetarians are sure to dig into the veggie supreme pizza, a motley mix of mushrooms, olives, capsicum corn and tomatoes apart from cheese. The pizzas are thin crust and soft. The pizza is primarily spicy, though the tomato does make an effort to bring in a light tangy element. The mayo sprinkled on the top, also adds to the presentation and taste. The chicken barbeque pizza is filled with cheese and provides a sweet-sour sensation owing to the presence of the barbeque sauce.

For those who enjoy risottos, the creamy chicken risotto, with liberal helpings of chicken, mushrooms and capsicum is a must try. The mushrooms and capsicum provide a slight, bitter taste and helps whet the appetite. The risotto is a meal by itself and is very filling.

We finish the meal with the proverbial icing on the cake, a portion of fresh tiramisu, with the cocoa powder enhancing the taste. Service was excellent throughout the meal and the waiters were quick to recommend specialties and equally quick in bringing orders. Pizzeria Romano is located at 55, 5th Cross, above Sprocket, 6{+t}{+h} Block, Koramangala.

Call 40953752, 40953751 for reservations.

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