It’s an Italian feast for the senses at The Westin Mumbai Garden City’s Prego
Prego, the Italian restaurant at the Westin Mumbai Garden City, presents a clash of the Italian chefs Antonello Cancedda and Marouane Rahali against a backdrop of stimulating interiors
Prego , the Italian speciality restaurant at The Westin Mumbai Garden City, flagged off an authentic gastronomic sojourn with two Italian chefs coming together for a culinary face-off. Clash of the Italians, an event celebrating the nuances of the popular cuisine, witnessed the camaraderie of like-minded guests sharing a unique experience.
Hailing from Genoa - the capital city in the coastal region of Liguria in Italy, Antonello Cancedda, chef de cuisine, Prego showcased his expertise in seafood; while Marouane Rahali, chef de cuisine, Alto Vino - Bengaluru Marriott Whitefield, hailing from Milan – located in the Lombardy region of Italy – presented the specialities of this hilly province. During this 10-day festival called ‘Festa da cibo delizioso’, the menu features artistic creations from the two talented chefs – and the guests register their ‘likes’ on a board.
”The festival is a tribute to the best…of both regions. We feel privileged to host this wonderful ensemble. It offers an assortment of techniques and diverse ingredients to deliver what we both envisioned,” said Cancedda, and Rahali added, “Mumbai is a culturally rich city with an unmatched culinary diversity, and it is always a pleasure to be here. It is truly an honour to be associated with Prego and a fellow Italian chef to give this unique city a glimpse into the diversity of Italian flavours. Chef Antonello and I have curated individual menus that resonate the essence of our respective homelands and the best of Italia…”
While the food is the hero of this experience of Italy, the interiors of Prego are equally tantalising. Walking into Prego signals the beginning of a stimulating affair with food in a chic and modern Italian ambience. The restaurant, located at the ground level of The Westin Mumbai Garden City, has a separate entrance that enables it to function as an independent restaurant and develop its own identity while being part of the hospitality section.
Prego has a distinctly contemporary style as opposed to traditional Italian décor; it is set in cheerful mustard hues complemented by rust tones and natural woods. There is an emphasis on the use of natural light, with windows with a view opening into the courtyard – where the outdoor dining area provides a relaxing experience. Lighting is ambient and creative, allowing multiple settings of different moods. The restaurant, which has a captive audience among those who work in the commercial section of the mixed-use building, features Italian catch phrases written on the walls with backlit alphabets.
The entrance features a bar that is used for both service to the main restaurant and as a waiting area cum beverage/café space, all in view of diners who can watch the live action there as well as in the kitchen. Guests can observe the activity in the open kitchen while feasting on fresh pastas and hand-tossed pizzas. The aromas from the open kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven are major attractions. It also provides a sensory experience. World-famous Molteni kitchen equipment and a rotisserie are other highlights. Wines are a focus in Prego. A great selection of Italian and New World wines are displayed in the large glass wine wall in and around the restaurant and bar area.
The table tops are made of solid material that is aesthetically pleasing, allowing for no tablecloths to be used. Additional table-top items are a bread basket, creative salt and pepper shakers, dishes for olive oil and dips. Other speciality equipment include stainless steel and euro chic glass items. Furniture in the restaurant incorporates natural woods, granites and marble in a functional yet funky design. Guests are welcomed at a visually aesthetic vantage point, which immediately captures the essence of Italy. Lively and vibrant, Prego is an engaging venue that is perfect for an interactive fun dining experience.
So, if Italian is your cup of tea…or coffee, you know where to head. And if fun dining is, then try and go before May 26th… you could be part of the action at Clash of the Italians.