Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pune Event Listings

Check out the events happening all over Pune & select the ones that suit your mood

La Terrazza at Hyatt Regency Pune launches a Saturday Night Buffet. Post launch, avail the buffet every Saturday. Have an antipasti bar, pizzas, pastas, bacon & zucchini fritters, soups and desserts. For holiday cheer & inaugural offer, avail a special 50 % discount on November 27.
WHERE: La Terrazza, Hyatt Regency Pune
WHEN: November 27th 2015
PRICING (PER PERSON): Rs 1050 + Taxes (Only Food)
FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL: +91 20 66451618

Hyatt Pune Kalyani Nagar gives the Sunday brunch a makeover with the ‘Baan Tao Brunch’. Enjoy
Asian food with a variety of dim sums & salads, a sushi bar, Asian grills, Thai curries, Chinese wok, Asian desserts and more spread across seven live counters. Pair it with Mojitos, Martinis & Margaritas.
WHERE: Baan Tao, Hyatt Pune Kalyani Nagar
TIME: 12.30-3.30 PM 
PRICING: Rs 899 + Taxes (Food Only); Non Alcoholic Brunch: Rs 1199 + Taxes; Alcoholic Brunch: Rs 1699 + Taxes; Champagne Brunch: Rs 1999 + Taxes
FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL: + 91 7798889653, +91 20 41411234

Passionate musicians’ group AntariX is a six-piece band with two vocalists, two guitarists, bassist, keyboard player & a drummer. Their music is a union of varied influences from metal to Indian classical. Catch them perform live at BottleRock – Restaurant & Lounge.  
WHERE: Bottlerock - Restro & Lounge, Sus-Pashan Road 
WHEN: November 27, 2015 
TIMING: Gates Open at 7.00 PM 

Visit Art2Day for a 10 session art workshop on watercolor/acrylic painting for busy professionals to
learn basics from the famous art master Milind Mulick. Conducted twice a week on weekends, learn various techniques of painting & drawing. It is specially designed compact courses for anybody & everybody
WHERE: Art2Day Gallery, 1048 Shukrawar Peth, Near Hirabaug Chowk, Tilak Road, Above Hotel Malhar
WHEN: From November 28, 2015
TIMING: Saturday 4-6 PM & Sunday 10.30-12.30 PM
FOR ADMISSION & INFORMATION, CALL:  24452706, 7276000027 or email 

Pune’s Classic Rock Lounge, WYNKK invites all party folks for party with DJ Abhishek Mantri who will play his own personal classic rock & retro playlist. Jam, head bang and get your nerves jumping old-fashioned way with some classy retro & rock.

WHERE: Symphony C, Ashok Nagar, Range Hills Road, Shivajinagar
WHEN: November 27, 2015
TIMING: Sunset Onwards
FOR INFORMATION, CALL: +91 7770010897/8  

Tilting Art Gallery at ISHANYA has come up with a scintillating art show, “The Accruals” which displays colorful paintings & sculptures depicting tangible & abstract art. Get a glimpse of national group show of some astounding art pieces depicting diversity of theme & style. 
WHEN: Till December 8th 2015
WHERE: Ishanya, Tilting Art Gallery, Opp. Golf Course, Off Airport Road
CALL: 020 4000 4026 or 9850091771

For events listings, email details & photos to The listings page appears every Wednesday/Thursday.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Something Italian

Dezio in lush green Kalyani Nagar is a welcome respite, courtesy its Italian food offerings and different level sitting arrangements for different occasions

Something Italian always gets me going. Pune is already a fan of Dario’s Italian offering. His more recent offering is Dezio, located in the verdant location of Kalyani Nagar. Here’s ticking a yes for picking out a perfect spot for a relaxed Italian eatery. It screams of casualness.

The moment you enter the premises, relaxed atmosphere sets in with relaxed sitting arrangements. Those who enjoy chatting with friends & family & eating food outdoors will find it perfect.
Step inside the ground plus two-floor eatery complete with open terrace space, each serve different purpose. Ground floor has a lounge space to relax, order your favourite poison and something to suit the drink. Alternatively, shift to the first floor formal dining area. The look is more French with jazz paintings and music. The space looks more relaxed even for a formal dinner and can be used to enjoy a formal meal with family or even your guests of any sort. This area would be called the best of the lot for a great eating and sitting experience. A private entertainment area is on the next floor that can booked for private parties and includes film screening too. Last but not the least; you can visit the terrace, which is the Rooftop Tapas area complete with a fantastic bar and a view to kill. Here, it is all about chilling with friends or colleagues sipping on your drinks, eating tapas food while soaking in the view. The only worry here would be during rains unless they find suitable covering option already. In addition, it is not something for a large crowd unless you make reservations.

Dezio offers a decent basket of Italian chow for your hungry tummy. To be precise, it is the Sicilian version seen here, with a good combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The rooftop area consists of tapas food, for a good time with your booze. The thinly sliced Tuna Carpaccio was a great & fresh option, while the Creamy Chicken, Thyme and Mushroom Vol Au Vents were just melt-in-your-mouth delectable with no one ingredient overwhelming the other. There was nothing much to speak about the Crispy Cheese and Bacon Potato Croquette & Poached Egg and Parma Ham Croquette, though it was not per se. The Grilled Lemon Basa Fillet with a Lemon Butter Reduction had a nicely cooked fresh Basa fillet complimented by the delicate flavours.
Head for the fine dining section which has its own menu. The Carpaccio Di Bietola or sliced beetroot with homemade cheese, rucola & caramelised walnuts with a balsamic dressing, came out as an amazing combination to win even hardcore beetroot haters. I thought the Caltagirone Pizza, which had fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parma ham, rucola, Parmesan cheese, was just like any other well-done authentic pizza worth its money. It was not too cheesy or had overflowing tomato sauce. Crispy base and the right amount of delectable Parma ham made it pretty good option. The Risotto Boscaiolo and Gnocchi Con Pancetta or homemade gnocchi with potato & carrot with a bacon, cherry tomato, basil & sage cream sauce, were well cooked but I could not connect with it.
What added the finishing touch to a rather balanced meal was the dessert. The Trio Of Tarts with Tangy Lemon, Yoghurt & Salted Caramel Chocolate were delicately flavoured and just made me want more of it. In fact, whatever meal you order, you have to include the tarts to it. Another good suggestion would be to try out the wine section, which is well selected.
On a few moments, one seems to notice drinks being not being up to the mark but quick service meant the issues were rectified immediately and to good effect.

Service is a mix between attentive servers who occasionally need to be reminded of orders. Well-informed servers made their level best to attend to your orders and questions.
You can safely consider going to Dezio more than once a week as the pricing can be found easy on the pocket. The eatery offer deals which might interest foodies.'

For critical Puneri foodies, Dezio would be a welcome option, if you like Italian food at a reasonable budget. If looking for desi Italian, I would not suggest this place. However, for any occasion, both formal dining or just chilling with friends, family or colleagues, Dezio is a neat offering. Some pleasantries & lot of good food are a must, indeed!