28 Capri Italy, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Ed: This review may not reflect current reality. Based on incoming feedback from multiple customers, it is possible the words in this review will not hold good today.
28 Capri Italy is a brand new Italian restaurant that’s been opened in the same space as Little Italy in Defence Colony. The journey to the restaurant is a little tiring, what with no lift operational, but once you’re there, it’s quite a neat place. 28 Capri Italy has two floors of seating with a total of 50 covers. Floor 1 is fine dining and floor 2 resembles a 70′s cafe. The cafe layout is quite neat IMO and I love the yellowing plastic matting on the chairs. I guess I say the same thing whenever I see the stuff. While the first floor is done very well, I’d hazard a guess and say it’s been optimised for number of covers first and aesthetics second. Then again, commercial compulsions do exist. Booze is available on both floors BTW.
Our starters comprised Involtini and Funghi alla Trapnese. I’m not very sure about the Involtini or more accurately, mini Involtini – little pieces of flattened chicken bread, stuffed with cheese and herbs, skewered with a toothpick and pan fried, each one a bit smaller than my little finger. They tasted vaguely peppery, slightly smoky, had a fair bit of bite and were slightly cheesy. Interesting I’d say, but not overwhelming. the mushrooms on the other hand were delicious. Whole mushrooms, lightly pan fried with some flavors in the pan and then sprinkled with fresh black pepper and herbs, served with toasted bread. The mushrooms were juicy, tangy, mushroomy, crunchy and absolutely delicious!
We sampled two soups at 28 Capri Italy – tomato and mushroom. The tomato soup was iffy – slightly sweet with un-toasted croutons and under-flavored. The mushroom soup was nice, but it too could have used a little more intensity in the flavor. Our salad courses were a Caesar and a Greek salad. The Caesar salad was par for the Delhi course – it passed muster, but didn’t use the right lettuce. It did taste good nonetheless and the Greek salad too was nice. Going on to the Pizza – we tried the 28 Capri Italy All Chicken and Sicillia pizzas. Both had a thin, crunchy crust, were low fat and low salt and had excellent flavors.
The Pasta courses were where 28 Capri Italy excelled. Looks, taste and overall execution were splendid, though a little rich for my taste. We tried their Ravioli, which was stuffed with spinach and ricotta and smothered in a creamy, slightly chili hot sauce with red chili peppers and olives. It was the kind you would close your eyes and slowly chew into to savor every bit of the creaminess of the filling, the texture of the pasta and the flavor of the sauce. Delicious, to say the least. We also tried their four cheese penne and spinach and mushroom Lasagna, both of which were superb, with just the right amount of bite in the pasta and very complimentary flavors surrounding them. I will say though, all three pasta dishes were quite rich in their use of flavors and cheeses. So, while you will definitely enjoy them as is, I recommend ordering another dish to complement their richness and use of flavor – mushrooms or a lamb dish for example.
Finally, we dug into portions of their desserts – Tiramisu and a Chocolate Bomb. The Tiramisu was one of the best I have ever eaten. If you’re walking past or shopping in Defence Colony, do drop into 28 Capri Italy, if only for the unparalleled Tiramisu. The Chocolate bomb was a very thin and delicate chocolate flavored flour crust stuffed to the gills with hot and creamy chocolate that pours out in rivers the moment you puncture the crust. Too rich for me, but I’m sure all you chocolate lovers will enjoy it!
Did I mention the folks at 28 Capri Italy let you pop into the kitchen to make your own pizzas?
To conclude 28 Capri Italy is well worth a visit. Friends, family or business – it’ll rise to all occasions.
PS: Sorry about the photos. They have this weird lighting in there that wreaked havoc on my white balance.