I was visiting Chennai on official work for couple of days and was staying in T.Nagar. Thought of having dinner outside one day and found good reviews on Burrp about Pasta Bar Veneto close to my hotel and decided to give it a try.
After a long tiring day, went to Pasta Bar wnd was greeted very cordially by the person called Abhay. On knowing that I was from Bangalore, he assured me of better and more authentic Italian food than what I would have had in Bangalore. Definitely my expectations were now pretty high.
Ambience was nice and cosy but nothing great. There were tables with seating of 2 or couches with seating of 7-8 people. I decided to take a couch.
Being alone I decided to go with a starter, soup, 1 Pizza and a dessert. Ordered Bruschetta (the one with tomatoes) and a tomato basil soup. Bruschetta came and moment I put it in my mouth, it simply melted. It was the best I have had so far. Soup was in a nice quantity but was very sweet. The guy in Pasta Bar offered to change the same for me when I told him about the same, but I wasn't too keen to have another one having had half of it already.
Ordered one vegetaria pizza (don't rememeber the name) which had lot of toppings like olive, jalapeno, tomato, cheese etc. When it came, the size of the pizza was a little small if you compare it to other similar restaurants. Moreover the crust was thicker than what usually it should be.
Anyways, it was looking pretty tempting and I got myself busy with that. I ate couple of slices and found it to be just OK. In my 3rd/4th slize, I had started getting a feeling that the crust was way too crisp than it should be, looked as if it had been over-done. Then I turned the pizza around and could see that some sides of the pizza had got burnt slightly and the entire crust from the bottom had been over-done and was giving a burnt taste. I left those burnt corners in the end and showed it to Abhay, who was obviously apologetic about it.
I hoped that just like a good start, the ending also may be good only. So I ordered a mud pie (had read in some review that its good). So I was politely told that the mud pie is not available. So here goes a good ending for a toss. Abhay offered me a new desert light & dark, so anyways I decided to go for it. Dessert was pretty OK.
All in all, the expereince was an average one. Probably they need to work a little more on the "authenticity" part which they claim to be having. The mouth watering Bruschetta proves that they have ability to serve better food.
My ratings are below.
Ambience - 7
Serivce - 10
Starter - 10
Soup - 5
Pizza - 6
Dessert - 7 (1 mark cut for the desired dessert not available)
Pricing - 7 (My bill for 4 items was just under 500 bucks)
Overall - 6.5. They really need miles to go to bring themselves up to the level of good Italian restaurants. I hope they do pull themselves up before coming to Bangalore (which they said they plan to).