Trivandrum: Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum, a premium luxury hotel in the capital city, is hosting a ten day Italino food festival. The event gives the residents of Thiruvananthapuram a chance to relish and taste some of the best Italian delicacies in its authentic style and flavour.
Interacting with Kerala Biz News, James Kumar Kashyap, Assistant Food & Beverages Manger, Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum said, “We have a large number of ‘non residents’ visiting Trivandrum during this season just before Onam and so we thought it appropriate to have a food festival with an international appeal. It is part of our dinner main buffet. We have a yearly calendar for food promo and this month it’s Italian. We had a similar Italino food promo last year and it was well received.”
Jose Thomas, Executive Chef, Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum said, “There is a demand for international cuisine and the maximum coverage in India is for Pizza and Pasta, by default when you are talking about European cuisine. When we conceptualised the Italino food promo, we decided to focus on three main things – Pasta, Pizza and Risottos. Without this there can be no Italian cuisine.”
Explaining the menu, Jose said, “We have two starters – one veg and non-veg, Pizza – veg and non-veg, which changes on a daily basis; and homemade Pastas. Then we have the full main course with two dishes, around three vegetarian dishes and, veg and non-veg Risotto. The buffet is a full meal. The main attraction in dessert is Tiramisu and Cheese Cakes which will be there throughout the festival.”
The Italino food promo is being led by Chef Somy Mathew, who has more than 15 years experience in European cuisine, has worked at International hotels of Taj, and is an expert in Italian food.
He recommends starting off with spicy Mushroom and Mozzarella Arancini and or Fritto misto (fried shrimps and calamari) followed by Arleccino pizzettes. Minestrone is a must try. Italian food is incomplete without Minestrone. Non-vegetarians can opt for Zuppa Toscana which is Italian sausage and potato soup. For the main course, baked Mozzrella Chicken on plum tomato sauce, Tagliata di Manzo con fungi (grilled steak with mushrooms), Polenta al forno (baked Polenta) and assorted Mushroom Risotto.
Malafatti and country style roast potato wedges with Italian herbs and Parmesan are some other attractions. There is also a live Pasta station giving you readymade and also homemade pastas with plenty of add-on toppings and sauces.
The Italino food festival concludes on September 04, 2016.
Kerala Biz News