Experience the Sula Magic at Little Italy!

By Harshada




A decade ago ,Nashik was known as a pilgrim city, a place where Kumbh Mela happened, a place where Ram,Sita and Laxman stayed on exile,and a stopover ,when visiting Shirdi.

But in recent years,the infracture developments has put Nashik amongst the fastest developing cities in the country. And with the best grapes produced here and 35 wineries Nashik is the Wine capital of the country!

And for the best Wine and Dine experience, there is no better place than Sula Vineyards!!


 Nashik was our home between 2010-2014 and a hometown that we frequent during these pleasant monsoon weather or winters. We have been fortunate to witness the growth of this humble pilgrim city , into a world class city- in the making!! But its only in those years we spent in Nasik as permanent residents that we did discover and explore Sula Vieyards.. and in last few years its a mandatory stopover whenever we visit our Hometown.

One of our visits happened on Monday , a public holiday.....a perfect gloomy day to visit the lush green vineyards, with the swift monsoon drizzle...and the gentle whispering winds, it couldn't have gotten any better!! With the festivities that the Shravaan month brought , and the overindulgence in rich festive traditional food, we needed a change from the regular lunch options. So we decided to go Italian...

Driving away from the city chaos , we were led into a quiet narrow road surrounded by lush green fields,that transformed into grape plantations,once we approached Sula. Though we had a little trouble managing parking,it being a public holiday,we managed it ,with little help from the security.

lush green grape plantations at the entrance ..Sula

Visiting Sula and not purchasing some of the exotic wines it has to offer ,dosent fit in my agenda.

So we headed upstairs ,watching the bottling plant while ascending the stairs, leading to a Gazebo ,overlooking the lush green vineyards ,and a panaromic view of the Gangapur Dam on the other end. After having enjoyed a glass of Chenin Blanc with a platter of assorted cheeses ,olives and crackers , we made our purchases and headed to Little Italy!

Little Italy , being a chain of vegeterian Italian ristorante..we had visited one at college road ,Nashik. However,guess the Sula Magic worked over this one!! Unlike the earlier experience of a plush ,ambient restaurant , this one had a very rustic finish. Wooden tables and benches over cemented floorings and the wine bottle lamps ,gave a very warm, and homely feel. And with the wooden fence over the landscaped garden....you get the feeling of having walked into an Italian village!(I might be exaggerating though,but just to convey ,how good it felt)


Sula Little Italy  Back in 2010-2014

 

 

A lot of the layout is changed in last 4-5 years, but Little Italy still stays welcoming and warm!

 

Coming to the food...nothing's changed, and thank almighty for that.....the taste and the rusticness is just the same, though the menu is more systematic.We had ordered a garlic bread with cheese ,that came out to be a burger bun filled with morzeralla ,served warm. Though rustic, kids of todays times are more used to the fast food aspect of Italian food that the not so Italian food chains dish out. But you cant go wrong with the Pizzaah! we had seen a wood fired oven when entering Little Italy, so the Pizza had to be perfect.

Ordered a Sicilia, that was a nicely baked crisp crusted pizza ,with some beautiful toppings, I loved those picked onions!!There are various customised,Indianised options like Goan, Paneer tikka etc..but I recommend the authentic ones.

The menu also recommends various wines to be paired with specific dishes...but we decided to go with my favourite Chenin Blanc...(120 rupees per glass)

The Pasta was a Barberesca-made in creamy sauce with exotic veggies and a hint of garlic and Parmesan! We decided to go with penne,since we had been warned by the service boys , that the new chef was a bit slow. So we decided to keep it simple ,instead of a gnocchi ,or a ravioli(my earlier experience with ravioli was the best..yummy) This one was creamy , but not cheesy , average! Considering the cost 375 rupees..The Pizza , the same cost , was better when compared to cost and portions.

On our more recent visit , we tried Lasagne and Creamy Penne. Both were delicious. Special mention of Veg Lasagne. The sauce balanced,vegetables not over stuffing the pasta sheets and served piping hot.

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We had to wait I bit longer for our dessert.The Chocolate Bomb.....Later we were informed ,that the delay happened,because the chocolate bomb bursted before it was served...Irony....Actually the lava from the cake oozed out before the dessert reached our table.And the restaurant wanted to serve the best and original dessert ,as it should be...So they remade the dessert and served us !The final dessert was worth the wait...A gooey chocolate lava cake ,with oodles with chocolate oozing out neatly served with Vanilla Ice cream ,drizzled with chocolate sauce...heaven!!

Chocolate bomb!!

 

 

Creamy..sweet caramel...absolute delight...

Remarkably good was the creme'e caramel....firm,moderately sweet ,and a wonderful caramel...and eggless...too...I dont like the ones with eggs!!

 

Classic Tiramisu and Sizzling Brownie....

A visit to Sula is more than just the Wine experience. Its a complete package. Kids playing around in open spaces, beautiful clean air. Grown ups and elderly taking strolls watching the fields and soothing mountain views...a wonderful rejuventaing experience for everyone...


 

 A thumbs up to Little Italy and To the Sula Experience!! 

You can visit Sula homepage for further details,and upcoming events!

http://sulawines.com/Home/

 

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Author Sonali sonali@namakshamak.com

Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.

Author Harshada harshada@namakshamak.com

I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.

I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.

Happy Cooking!

About Harshada:

Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.

Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.

Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.

She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.

 

 

 

 







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