Italian delights at Piano Piano SouthThe restaurant offers a refined Italian dining experience, featuring a revamped menu curated by Chef Sujan Poudel and a selection of wines.
Located in Bakhundole, Lalitpur, Piano Piano South stands as a serene oasis offering a delightful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. This laid-back Italian restaurant boasts both indoor and outdoor seating options, with the latter featuring a charming garden dining area. Here, diners can revel in the tranquillity, surrounded by lush greenery, while the soothing melodies of piano music waft through strategically placed speakers.
Recently unveiling a revised menu, Piano Piano South promises a culinary journey through the flavours of Italy, skillfully curated by chef Sujan Poudel. The Antipasti selection beckons with tempting choices like Tomato Soup Shots, Bruschetta Caprese, Bruschetta Al Funghi and Calamari Fritti, each a testament to Poudel’s commitment to diverse and exquisite tastes.
For those seeking a hearty main course, the Platti Principali offerings are nothing short of impressive—the rich flavours of Ravioli Prosciutto and Ricotta, and Pasta Con Calamari E Gamberi, which encompasses the essence of the sea. The course concludes on a sweet note with delectable desserts, including Tiramisu and Torta Al Cioccolato, ensuring a memorable and satisfying dining experience.
To complement the offerings, the restaurant presents a well-curated selection of wines that expertly pair with the Italian fare. Whether you’re a connoisseur or just beginning to explore the world of wine, the restaurant’s thoughtful choices cater to every palate.
Creamy Tomato Soup
This appetiser, served in a bowl, has a vivid, velvety crimson colour that is beautiful to look at. The tomato base’s scent gives a strong indication of how fresh and high-quality the components were. The ripe tomatoes’ inherent sweetness comes through. The soup, overall, is a well-balanced combination of savoury and sweet flavours.
The crunchy bite-sized croutons that come with the dish create a pleasing contrast with the creamy soup, teasing your appetite without going overboard.
Ravioli Agli Spinaci
Ravioli Agli Spinaci has delicate spinach-infused ravioli parcels, offering a vibrant hue. It is a blend of fresh, high-quality ingredients, and the aroma is an invitation to savour the essence of spinach in every bite.
As you cut into the ravioli, the creamy spinach filling is revealed, creating a harmonious blend of textures. The pasta, expertly crafted and cooked to perfection, is packed with flavorful filling.
The sauce, a key player in this dish, is a delicate blend that enhances rather than overpowers. Its richness complements the earthy notes of spinach, creating a nuanced taste that is both comforting and refined.
Prosciutto with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Eggplant
The dish arrives as a picturesque arrangement, where thinly sliced prosciutto delicately wraps around succulent slow-roasted tomatoes and tender pieces of eggplant. The presentation alone is a promising feast for the senses.
Upon tasting the initial bite, the flavours dance together harmoniously. The slow-roasted tomatoes’ sweetness is complemented by the prosciutto’s subtle saltiness. After absorbing the flavourful essence of the dish, the eggplant offers a velvety texture that makes every bite better.
The standout component of the meal, the slow-roasted tomatoes, explodes with more sweetness, making it more than just an appetiser. What sets this dish apart is its versatility—a perfect starter for a lavish Italian meal or an elegant standalone indulgence.
Prosciutto E Arugula
The visual appeal of the dish, as it arrives at the table, is undeniably appetising—the vibrant green arugula contrasting against the golden crust and the cheese.
The prosciutto, thinly sliced and expertly cured, has a delightful salty richness, harmonising with the creaminess of the melted cheese. The peppery arugula adds a fresh and crisp dimension, creating a perfect balance that dances across the taste buds.
The pizza crust is a testament to the chef’s skill—crispy on the edges yet delightfully chewy at the centre, the ideal foundation for the toppings.
Piano Piano South
Location: Sanepa, Lalitpur
Opening hours: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Smoking: Available on the garden seating
Price: Inclusive of all taxes
Beyond its culinary prowess, Piano Piano South distinguishes itself as an ideal destination for both solitary reflections and quality family time. The carefully crafted ambiance provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation, making it a favorite among those seeking peace and quiet in a vibrant city.
In summary, Piano Piano South emerges not only as a culinary haven but also as a haven of tranquility, where patrons can immerse themselves in the essence of Italy without leaving the heart of Sanepa. Whether you're savoring a meal alone, enjoying family time, or relishing a romantic evening, this Italian gem promises an experience that transcends the ordinary.