A Very Little Italian In Me

Venue: Little Italy, Bangalore

Time: 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Occasion: Colleague’s last day at work

Menu: Unpronounceable watery soup with bits of mushroom floating around, unpronounceable pasta thingy, unpronounceable watery mashed potatoes, unpronounceable Italian version of cheese pakodas, Long Island Iced Tea

Post Lunch: I burped pasta breath and felt somewhat woozy the whole day. My eating habits are primitive and my taste in food is instinctive – I eat anything edible and all that jazz about table manners and primness are concepts that I don’t comprehend.

The Little Italian In Me is called Nikko and he says, “Mangio, dunque sono!

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

43 thoughts on “A Very Little Italian In Me

  1. Nikhil:

    I think I have eaten in this place too. They have a pebbled walkway and they use turquoise coloured paper napkins. Is this the same place? Those dashed napkins leave colour on the hands, which is how I remember. The food was ok but I think for the price, it is not-even-ok…

  2. What’s table manners??? With you around am sure that glasses, forks, spoons etc must be falling around you & your frenz πŸ˜€

    Am an expert in spilling water & food on my white clothes πŸ˜€

    BTW was my comment related to your post????

  3. @Vijay
    Yup! I know what you mean! Unfortunately, I had to work! 😦

    LOL… That’s Olive Garden… the napkins still lose color there! πŸ˜€
    And here the bill was monstrous! 6.5k for 20 people! πŸ˜€

    Hmmm… I think so… I hope so… And no, spoons and forks don’t just fall around me, they fly around! πŸ˜€

    Oh, you should… πŸ˜€
    You get good burps!

    Oh yes! I have! I love their Chicken Parmesan salad! πŸ˜€

    Foor? Drowling? πŸ˜€

  4. Hehe…cute post! Love it!
    The Little Italian In Me is called Nikko and he says, β€œMangio, dunque sono!β€œ
    LOL! What the hell does it mean? Or just gibberish?

  5. @ Nikhil : I guess, the shortest post from your end. Your comment in alphabet world rejecting sudas application was itself like a post πŸ˜€

    So when are you treating me in Little Italy ???

    @ Arvind : In chennai, theres an authentic Italian restaurant – Bella Ciao; I went and could order only a fruit salad. Thats the only ‘dish’ I could make out from the so called italian menu.

    @ Scorpia : “Mangio, dunque sono!β€œ means “I eat, Therefore I am” (courtesy google translator πŸ˜€ )

  6. Rofl. . . .

    The point of having food , is that it reaches your tummy , who cares abt stained table clothes unless you are cleaning them :P. . .

    There is an old saying in tamizh that goes like this , “A burp is a good thing , a compliment to the chef , it signifies your satisfaction with the meal πŸ˜€ “

  7. @ Nikhil

    Rs 6500 for 20 people is small. There were 6 people when I went and the bill was in excess of Rs 3000. And the food wasn’t even good. There was too much drama and those napkins!

  8. Nikhil, this post gives me some comfort to know that I won’t have a problem eating out with you in the event of us being working together. I am so clumsy at eating that I’m embarassed myself. πŸ˜‰

  9. italian is a very beautiful language, really! also the easiest to pronounce among the romance languages. πŸ™‚ but even better is italian food… i could eat pasta my whole life, i reckon. πŸ˜›

  10. @Reema
    LOL… I like pizza too… You should try pasta… If it’s cooked properly, it tastes yum!

    hehe.. thanks.. And no, it means, “I eat, therefore I am.”
    You should really explore google’s language tools…

    Hehe.. yeah!

    Hahahaha!!! Yeah, I’m waiting for Suda’s comments on that one!

    Oh seriously, man!
    Too bloody expensive!

    Hehehe! I like that quote!

    Yeah, lemme know when you’re back in Bangalore…

    LOL… Yeah, I can understand..!!

    @Kris Bass
    You’re only embarrassed if you care… I don’t care so I’m happy when I’m licking my fingers and making slurping noises…

    Hehehe…. Yeah, some dishes are really tasty… But this place didn’t really appeal to me…

    Mi si perdoni, il mio bambino

    Italian is the best cuisine in the world….
    Eh!! Though India doesn’t have many good Italian joints but never mind italian is getting on Indian tastebuds..I just hope they don’t kill the flavors just like punjabi chinese!!
    A guy once actually made me mirchidaar masaaledaar pasta-he even added garam masala to it!! HAHAHHA..you should have seen me that time…I gulped down litres and litres of water!

  12. @Sandeep
    Since one person had to foot the bill, it seemed a big amount.. Yeah, not that you mention it, its not so huge once dutch’d… πŸ˜€

    Yup! Totally agree with you! Little Italy food sucks! πŸ˜€

    Sei il benvenuto, mio figlio. Che la divinitΓ  brillare su di voi πŸ˜€

    @Avionic Spanker
    True, but if the food sucks, then I’d be left winking at the overweight Burmese waitress..! πŸ˜€

    Hehehee!! Garam Masala in pasta! Wow! Should try that!! Hehehe…
    I like Italian food sometimes, but this restaurant sucked big time! πŸ˜€

    PS: I’ll always call you “Fruity” and never “Mahak” or “Mehak” or anything else! πŸ˜€

    You’re lost? Why??? πŸ˜€

  13. We have little italy in Ahmedabad and its a good place with good food though a bit expensive but i remember enjoying it thoroughly!! Though can’t say the same for the names of the dishes!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  14. humm

    I want to try this when I come o Blore again … πŸ˜› where is this Italy located ? and howz the price ? πŸ˜›

  15. been there recently πŸ™‚ it was fun ordering food very carefully πŸ˜› to match the amount in our pockets πŸ™‚

  16. Little Italy sounds good. Love pasta (carb addict in me goes slurp!!) You had to get back to work and had LI Iced tea?!? Nothing about no alcohol for lunch? Or is it this PR thingie and alcohol anytime? surprised nobody commented on that!

  17. @Che
    LOL… Yeah, one of the drawbacks, which I realized too late! πŸ˜€

    Hehehe… The names are still a mystery to me! πŸ˜€

    You should not go there dude, its bloody expensive ad the food tastes weird… It’s on Indiranagae 100 ft road, if you still wanna go! πŸ˜›

    Hahaha! I hope you are properly! πŸ˜€

    Hehe… PR work requires me to be sloshed 24-7… πŸ˜€

  18. @Nikhil
    Good to see you are getting back your “MOJO” which you had completely lost over the past couple of posts… πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

  19. should I say lucky you? πŸ˜€ More the reason why you don’t want to be a biotechnologist πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  20. @Anniyan
    Thanks, it’s good to see you back here again! πŸ™‚

    :thumbup: to you too! πŸ™‚

    Yeah man… Formal gathering with lots of money! πŸ˜€

    Hehehehe!! Point noted… πŸ™‚

    Hahahaha!!!! Yes, ma’am. Whatever you wish for! πŸ˜€

  21. I eat anything edible and all that jazz about table manners and primness are concepts that I don’t comprehend.

    dont we all πŸ™‚

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