May 27, 2024


Food never sleeps.

A hidden gem for Italian food stuff lovers

3 min read

Crave Italian foods and people throng to Domino’s and Pizza Huts. The additional refined palettes head to five-star eating places that serve above-decorated dishes that you will not even know flavor reliable. This void is crammed by selected destinations that know precisely what they are undertaking. Somehow, I was not able to uncover this sweet spot in the metropolis of pleasure until eventually a short while ago.

Couple of days again, the Consulate of Italy in Kolkata did a image exhibition on a heritage tram. My improved fifty percent, who occurs to oversee the tramways in the city received this Italian foodstuff recommendation in Ciocaffe’ from the Consul General, Dr Gianluca Rubagotti himself.

Earlier began as a dine-in and select up joint, the Ciocaffe’ is a cloud kitchen now that serves actually genuine Italian home foods. Ciocaffe’ is literally and metaphorically a hidden gem, run by Monica Galbardi, who belongs to the northern portion of Italy, from a pretty place named Lago di Garda.

The name Ciocaffe’, am instructed is inspired by the mixture of the words Cioccolato and Caffè, which in Italian language signifies Chocolate and Coffee. The notion was to blend collectively the two favourite flavours of the Tiramisù, one particular of the most popular Italian desserts worldwide.

1st Perception

The foodstuff was neatly packed. The presentation was fantastic. It gave that vibe of a Mediterranean lunch by the sea, with community cuisines. You get the reliable Italian feeling on the initial glance by itself.


Pasta with grilled chicken and red yellow bell pepper (Rs 450), Margherita with cherry tomatoes (Rs 350), Tuna, eggs and lettuce salad (Rs 290), Profiteroles, box of four (Rs 200) and Tiramisu (Rs 180).


I begun with the basic Italian pizza, Margherita. It was a slender-base pizza with a topping of in-residence tomato sauce and contemporary mozzarella and experienced been last but not least garnished with cherry tomatoes and basil leaves with a drizzle of olive oil. It was basic but really scrumptious.

In the pasta area, I experienced the penne pasta cooked in a thick cheese-centered white sauce which had then been tossed with slices of grilled rooster breast and yellow

and purple bell peppers. The greatest part of the preparation was that it had not been bombarded with any spices or condiments as a person finds in regular Italian eating places in India. The pasta and all the other elements in the dish innocently retained their inherent basic style.

Exact same was the situation with the salad. It was plain vanilla but really flavourful. Canned tuna fish parts had been tossed with around chopped fresh new lettuce, halved refreshing cherry tomatoes and halved tricky-boiled eggs in a dressing of olive oil. It had a lovely texture-crunch from the greens and the softness from eggs and tuna.

Profiteroles are crammed choux soft pastry balls with a ordinarily sweet and moist filling and are usually topped with the exact filling. The profiteroles in this article had been available in 4 flavours – coffee, hazelnut, chocolate and custard product. The 4 pastry balls had been filled with a gooey, just about runny filling

of coffee product, hazelnut cream, darkish chocolate and custard product respectively. They have been topped with a layer of the exact filling. I preferred all of them but hazelnut was the yummiest.

I finished my meal with the classic coffee-flavoured Italian dessert, Tiramisu. It was created of alternate levels of ladyfinger sized biscuits dipped in espresso and a whipped combination of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese, completed with a dusting of cocoa.

WHAT I Liked

Technically everything. Monika designed everything from scratch and the way it is served in the Mediterranean. The pizza was flavourful, the pasta basic and salad soulful. The desserts stole the demonstrate with sensous profiteroles and calming tiramisu. The flavours linger on significantly immediately after you have finished your meal.


If you want authentic home-model Italian fare at your location, just choose up your cell phone, dial 9073271887 and get from Ciocaffe’. The proprietor, Monica Galbardi operates it with passion which is visibly obvious in each and every bite. Her dream has usually been to enclose all the genuine Italian regional products underneath 1 roof and deliver correct and authentic Italian cuisine to the city of joy: Tilottama Kolkata. Cheers to this: Salute! (Sah-loo-tay).

(The columnist is a food items connoisseur who loves experimenting with culinary delights and a occupation bureaucrat in the IRS Income Tax)