Artusi Ristorante Redefines Fine-Dining By Serving Authentic Italian Fare from Emilia-Romagna

In this blog post, I cover Artusi Ristorante, a new fine-dining restaurant in Gurugram that serves authentic Italian fare from the Emilia-Romagna region.


I've been a foodie for as long as I can remember. In all these years of traveling and exploring different cultures through food if one thing hasn't changed a bit, it is my love for authentic Italian cuisine.

If you were to ask me to name the best Italian restaurant in Delhi, the only place I can vouch for maintaining authenticity and quality is Artusi Ristorante, which opened up its doors four years ago in Greater Kailash 2.

Artusi Ristorante

Artusi serves authentic Italian fare from the Emilia-Romagna region, a beautiful part of North-eastern Italy. All ingredients used inside the restaurant are directly sourced from the same region.

Fish / Seafood

The Emilia-Romagna region is the native land of Pellegrino Artusi, the inspiration behind the restaurant. In case you didn't know, Pellegrino Artusi is considered the founder of Italian cuisine by virtue of authoring a famous cookbook in 1891 called 'Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well'. His seminal work is still renowned as the first Italian cookbook written in the kingdom of Italy and has remained a culinary reference point for fine Italian cuisine around the globe.

Fettuccine Gamberi e Limone

Since its opening in 2014, the restaurant has continued to get rave reviews by food critics and connoisseurs alike and has even won a multitude of popular F&B awards.

For the last three years in a row, Artusi Ristorante has been ranked by Times of India as the Best Italian Fine Dining Restaurant in Delhi (in 2018, it was ranked the best for both Delhi and Gurgaon), across five-star properties and standalone restaurants alike.

Artusi Ristorante

Artusi Ristorante

Artusi Ristorante

Artusi Ristorante

In December 2017, Condé Nast ranked Artusi as the 8th Top Restaurant in India. It also ranked Artusi as the number one Italian Restaurant in India on its Top 50 Restaurants list.

Coppa Scallopata (Grilled Pork Fillet)

Not only that, Artusi is a proud recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and most recently, the restaurant was also awarded the Best Italian Restaurant in India at the Epicurean Guild Award 2018 event.

Pasta

Credit for its stupendous success goes to one person, Oscar Balcon, who is the owner of the restaurant. Oscar hails from Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna.

Oscar Balcon

As an Italian citizen living in India, Oscar brings a lot of value to the table. He has deep roots in the Emilia-Romagna region, the land of his mother and his mother's extended family since generations.

A retired banker by profession, he has been in love with the food of Emilia-Romagna since childhood. Together with his family he worked and lived in Italy, Switzerland, France, the Americas, the Caribbean, and now Asia.

After retiring from a successful corporate career, Oscar is now promoting the regional Italian cuisine through his brainchild Artusi Ristorante. Apart from good food, Oscar is also very passionate about Italian fine wines which he has been collecting with dedication for many years. He is very proud that the two Italian chefs in his restaurant also hail from his native, the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy.

Tagliatelle al Salmone e Spugnole

With its second outlet in Two Horizon Center, Gurugram, Artusi has introduced an elaborate Italian menu featuring an extensive range of pasta, spaghetti, risottos, seafood, salads, and desserts, made using the highest quality ingredients, most of which are imported from Italy. The restaurant has even procured some of the finest boutique Italian wines and spirits.

Paglia Fieno

The new outlet in Gurugram is much bigger and better in terms of scale, space, and ambiance. Living by the objective to serve the best Italian food there is to offer, Artusi brings in local flavors from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, nestled in a quaint yet familiar fine-dine setting, after a rigorous selection of highest quality imported products and handmade in-house Italian delicacies.

Artusi Ristorante

Artusi enthusiastically embraces the culture, traditions, and cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna region. While it is true that the original Parma Ham and Parmesan Cheese are produced in the city of Parma, the original Balsamic Vinegar and Bolognese sauce comes from the city of Modena and Bologna, respectively, all located in the Emilia-Romagna region.

Artusi Ristorante

Core to the cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna is its homemade outstanding pasta creations. Endless varieties include Tortellini, Ravioli, Cappelletti, Strozzapreti, Lasagne, Tagliatelle, and many more.

Here are my top recommendations at Artusi.

Appetizers

Sigari Croccanti (INR 680)

These crispy Phyllo pastry cigars are filled with the essence of spiced and sweetly roasted vegetables and are served with two sauces.

Sigari Croccanti

Salads

Ferro (INR 590)

Ferro is an Arugula or lettuce salad, made with grapes, raisins, pears, and goat cheese, and finished with toasted pine nuts, extra-virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

Ferro


Pasta Fatta in Casa

Raviolo al Burro e agli Asparagi (INR 820)

Loved these square-shaped pasta pockets filled with spinach, herbs, and Ricotta cheese, set in butter sauce with sage and asparagus.

Raviolo al Burro e agli Asparagi

Mezzelune con Calamari (INR 820)

If you love seafood (squid in particular), go for these handmade half-moon shaped pasta pockets filled with fresh Burrata, set in a spiced tomato and pepperoncino sauce.

Mezzelune con Calamari

Risotto ai Funghi (INR 890)

Ever tried risotto made from luxurious Carnaroli rice? This Italian dish is an absolute must-have; comprises fine mushrooms and is finished with Parmesan cheese.

Desserts

Gelato fatto in casa Artusi (INR 780)

Artusi's fine homemade ice cream in ever-changing classic and exotic flavors will make you want to come back for more.

Panna Cotta (INR 780)

Only a fool would say no to the famous Artusi Panna Cotta that contains the best of sweet figs and almonds.

Panna Cotta

Cioccolato Nero e Scorza di Arancia (INR 880)

End your romantic dining experience at Artusi with this dark airy chocolate mousse and caramelized orange peel.

Cioccolato Nero e Scorza di Arancia

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