The North Italian Food Festival @ Alto Vino | Marriott Whitefield | Bangalore

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Potato Gnocchi with lamb ragout and cream of parcini @ The North Italian Food Festival @ Alto Vino | Marriott Whitefield | Bangalore
Potato Gnocci with lamb ragout and cream of parcini

We, as in those who love food think about Cuisine in general but rarely do we think about the regions involved especially when it comes to foreign Cuisine. For us, there is North Indian, South Indian, Punjabi, Bengali etc. so the same applies for other Cuisines too!

So, this time we were invited to Alto Vino, Marriott Whitefield’s specialty Italian restaurant for experiencing their one of a kind North Italian Food Festival, specially curated by Chef Marou who himself hails from Northern Italy.

Although Italian Cuisine has the same base concept, different regions use different herbs and ingredients and techniques so there is a lot more involved than it seems.






We had Mr. Viraj Sawant with us for dinner who is a well-known sommelier and he talked a lot about the wines which he had chosen to pair with the food. We had two white variants and a red. The first one was citrusy and acidic, the second variant called Gavi had mellowed notes. Lastly the red did not have the kick we expected but had the correct amount of tartness.

We tried a set menu which was specially crafted for wine pairing. Let us take you through the highlights of our North Italian meal:


There were not many items which were served and most of them were sample portions except for the main course.

We started our meal with Slow Cooked Veal served with Tuna and Capers sauce. The Veal was excellently done. The presentation was good and it was served with a lot of greens. The tuna sauce was mildly sweet with the characteristic essence.

Next up was the Chickpea soup with winter vegetables. Traditionally this is served with shredded pork but we were served without it. The soup had lots of carrots and chickpeas but the special part was the mozzarella which gave it a unique kick!

Following this we had the best item of the evening: Potato Gnocchi, toasted with lamb ragout and cream of parcini. This was a total knockout, being insanely tasty and presented well! The Gnocchi was soft and smooth while the lamb ragout was all about natural flavours. The dish was creamy and along with the lamb it was just a little too good.


Amuse Bouche

Slow cooked Veal with tuna and capers sauce @ The North Italian Food Festival @ Alto Vino | Marriott Whitefield | Bangalore
Slow Cooked Veal with Tuna & Capers sauce

Chickpea soup with winter vegetables

Marinated Seabass toasted in Cherry tomatoes, olives, capers & potatoes @ The North Italian Food Festival @ Alto Vino | Marriott Whitefield | Bangalore
Marinated Seabass toasted in cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and potatoes

Marinated Chicken Breast with melted Fontina cheese, tagliolini pasta & black truffle @ The North Italian Food Festival @ Alto Vino | Marriott Whitefield | Bangalore
Marinated Chicken Breast with melted Fontina cheese, tagliolini pasta and black truffle

Now for the mains: we tried both Marinated Breaded Chicken Breast with melted Fontina cheese, tagliolini pasta and black truffle and Marinated Seabass toasted in cherry tomatoes, olives, caper and potatoes.

The size of the chicken was good and it was cooked perfectly. The cheese went well with the chicken but the star of this dish was the pasta served along with it and the black truffle. The pasta was al dente with the right amount of creaminess and the characteristic of truffle.

The fish was more of comfort food. The quantity of fish was good and it was well done. The potatoes & olives tasted great with the sauce.

Finally, dessert:

The Crunchy Chocolate and Strawberry Pannacotta was high on taste but the wobble was not quite there, indicating it was probably over frozen.


Crunchy Chocolate & Strawberry Pannacotta @ The North Italian Food Festival @ Alto Vino | Marriott Whitefield | Bangalore
Crunchy Chocolate & Strawberry Pannacotta

There was a lot of chocolate inside which gave the crunch. The strawberry coulis also went very well with the pannacotta. The presentation was amazing!

Now that’s a short & sweet representation of our experience at this grand festival.

The festival is on till the 9th of March, so do try and visit if you can’t stop yourself!

The regions of Italy which inspired this unique festival are: Piemonte, Lombardia, Valle D'aosta & Liguria. These regions mark the origin of the above mentioned dishes.

Our personal recommendation: The Gnocchi. It is so good that it is actually worth travelling and diving into. The others were formidable too, but not everything suits everyone.

We’ll be back soon.

Do let us know about your experience if you visit!

Till then—chillax & bon apetit!

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3 comments

  1. I love those foods that can be paired with wine. Seems like that it worths a try to visit your restaurant :)

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  2. Hey Athalia! Thank you for your comment. We write about our dining experience. We were invited to this restaurant for this festival :)

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