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Try your favourite pizza with a glass of Peroni beer

Italy is more famous for its wines than its beers. But Italy’s Peroni Beer has the distinction of being smooth yet spunky. Now in India for the first time, Spago, the Italian restaurant of Kasbah, is hosting a month long Pizza n Peroni festival. Order a pizza and get a Peroni Beer free. It’s an attractive deal and a tasty one too. All you need is a soccer match to feel that you are in Italy, for real.

The meal starts with insalata di pollo. Chicken pieces are marinated in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and tossed with lettuce, celery, tomato, sweet peppers and black olives. The dressing is flavoursome, but the chicken pieces are buried under a mount of greens. And it seems more like a lettuce salad than a chicken salad. The sweet peppers also seem to be swamped by the dressing. The mozzarella salad is more honest. The mozzarella slices are light and have a comforting tastelessness to them.

The piccante pizza comes brimming with chicken sausage, capsicum, onion and jalapenos. Made in a stone oven, the crust is perfectly light and crunchy. The sizeable shavings of chicken sausage are spiced with pepper. And goes well with the array of vegetables. The caprina pizza with goat cheese and sun-dried tomato also promises to be good, with the acidity of tomato complementing the cheese base.

The menu offers a host of vegetarian and non-vegetarian pastas. The penne in a cheese sauce with ham is rather good. The sauce is a delight. But the penne could be further drowned in it.

The highlight of the meal is certainly the tiramisu and the breads. The tiramisu is one of the best in the city. Each layer is distinct and exquisite. The mascarpone cream simply melts. The cake is saturated in espresso and perfectly combines with the drizzling of cocoa.

The festival is on till the end of the month.

NANDINI NAIR

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