Bangalore is always known to accept all traditions with hands wide open and Serafina, Bangalore leading Italian restaurant decided to bring down the Northern Italian tradition to Bangalore, Aperitivo time – Italy’s happiest hour.
In Italy, the term “aperitivo” — apéritif in French, cocktail in English — signals much more than “happy hour”. This italian tradition of pre-dinner drinks accompanied by complimentary bite-sized stuzzichini, or appetizers is just perfect for those relaxed, possibility-filled hours between work and dinner.Serafina known for to be Italian at heart decided to launch this concept which the bangaloreans can co relate very well especially with the fast paced life in the metropolitan city.
The promoters were kind enough to invite the hardcore foodies and bloggers to experience the Italian tradition “aperitivo”.
As we arrived, We are were greeted with some refreshing drinks and the Head Chef of Serafina,tanmoy savardekar explained us the concept of apertivo and the offerings for the same by serafina.
We were first offered “Beans & Grains Salad” which is traditional Rustic Italian Salad with Tomatoes and Onion which is pretty refreshing and the freshness and crunchiness of the salad in every bite.
The next dish in the line is Insalate Rinforzo which is a traditional Neapolitan Christmas-Eve cold salad which is made of pickled cauliflower, olives, pickled peppers and capers.Herb marinated Green, Black olives and Kalamata olives with garlic adding an twist to the meal.Citrus Salad – mixed greens, orange, slow roasted tomatoes, raisins, Greek feta.
Caprese Skewers – Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato and Basil was very appetising and loved the way the mozzarella cheese was freshly sourced adding a zing to the dish.
The Melanzane Parmigiano Fritters is Fried aubergine, mozzarella and tomato squares was also tasty.
Sausage Pizza Rolls – Hand stretched pizza dough, rolled with garlic pork sausages and broccoli looks appetizing and my friends enjoyed it though being a vegetarian, i was pretty glad to see that serafina is veg friendly with their offerings.
Veg Pizza Rolls – Hand stretched pizza dough, rolled with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, Mozzarella and fresh oregano was smoking hot and was very fluffy and one of the best rolls i have ever had and would surely come back for more.
Cheese Platter is a delight to my eyes with Parmigiano Reggiano, Smoked Scarmoza, Provolone Piccante, Gorgonzola Dolce, Pecorio Romano accompanied with Balsamic reduction, wine poached pear, onion crackers, candied walnuts, olives and fig pate giving us the flavour of italy on the plate.
Salumi Platter – Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella and Speck, accompanied by buffalo mozzarella, Kalamata olives, fried bread.
Mozzarella in a Carriage is Fried Gooey Mozzarella Sandwiches which is a cheese lover delight, i.e me:)
and we come to my favorite part of the evening, The famous thin crust Pizza Primavera – Hand stretched base, baked on a stone-hearth with fresh tomato, fresh buffalo mozzarella and garden vegetables as i loved every part of it.
We has some food and wine pairing during the Apertivo session.
White Wine Thyme Sangria and Red Wine Rosemary Sangria.
A Monk’s Sin – Dark Rum, Chocolate Ganache, Banana and whip.This is the drink of the day served in short glass.i just loved it, relive my experience at serafina during your visit and i am sure you wont be disappointed.
I am gonna go back to try out their lunch/dinner offering sometime soon as i am craving to try out their pizzas:)
Serafina cuisine is Northern Italian, originating from family recipes handed down from generations of cooks and adapted by Vittorio Assaf and his team of professional chefs. Serafina’s creative pastas and risottos speaks for itself with flavours oozing out with locally grown produce and ingredients, while the delicious desserts and extensive wine list satisfy every craving. Their famous thin crust pizzas are made with 100% Italian flour, filtered water, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt from Sicily and are produced in ovens hand built with lava stone from Mount Vesuvius fueled with burning cherry-wood.
Apertivo is served from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday at Serafina, 80 ft Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore.
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