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Piano Piano South: The perfect Italian tranquillity


Nepalnews
2022 Aug 18, 6:30, Kathmandu
Photo: Sandes Shrestha

NepalNews team went to yet another food review and this time we had asked our readers to suggest a place to go next on our Instagram Story. All thanks to her suggestion, I got to know about Piano Piano South, a perfect authentic Italian haven, located at Bakhundole, Sanepa. Rebranded from Piano B, Piano Piano South is a perfect place with an amazingly calm ambience surrounded by greenery. And to add to the tranquil glory, it is a perfect place for authentic Italian food.

Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Photo: Sujan Bhandari

While I have no specific favoutive cuisine, Italian has always been my top pick. The tempting taste and texture has always fascinated my food palette and honestly, who does not like pizzas, right? Opened 2 years ago, Piano Piano South had moved to their present location just 10 months ago. 

Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Photo: Sujan Bhandari

Chiranjeeve, Operational Manager of the restaurant, says, “Piano Piano South tries to serve the customers with not only authentic taste but also organic food. And we try to serve a warm, homely vibe, a place where one can enjoy great food and a great glass of wine.”

Photo: Sandes Shrestha
Photo: Sandes Shrestha

When you do visit Piano Piano South, you will have two choices of sittings, you can either sit inside or you can sit outside surrounded by trees, enjoying the peaceful bliss.

Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Photo: Sandes Shrestha
Photo: Sandes Shrestha

I chose to sit outside but was disturbed by mosquitoes. However, it was worth it. Each of the food on their menu sounded so good and their array of wine was impeccable. While I was confused on where to begin, the head chef, Sushant Manandhar suggested Suppli’ Di Riso, and Polpette Di Pollo for starters. 

Suppli’ Di Riso
Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Suppli’ Di Riso Photo: Sujan Bhandari

He said, “I know the name sounds very complicated but in simple words, Suppli’ Di Riso' is ‘Rice Balls’ made out of authentic Italian rice, Arborio rice, and served with marinara sauce.” I was glad that I listened to him as the cylindrical shaped deep fried heaven made out of a mixture of rice, spinach, mozzarella and parmesan cheese had a perfect golden brown exterior and as I took a bite the crunch was perfect. The thick Marinara sauce added a tangy flavour that balanced out the crunch really well.

Polpette Di Pollo 
Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Polpette Di Pollo Photo: Sujan Bhandari

Polpette Di Pollo are Italian meatballs made out of smoked chicken served alongside yoghourt dill sauce. While the meatballs were perfectly fried and the meat had a subtle smoky taste, the sauce added a light creamy flavour to it. Making it a perfect snack for a hot summer evening. 

Margarita Pizza
Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Margarita Pizza Photo: Sujan Bhandari

Then came the time for main dishes. How could I say no to the classic but tasty Margarita pizza and a perfect pasta dish, Tortellini. I also sided the pasta with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, a perfect companion for the cheesy goodness.

Tortellini and Cabernet Sauvignon
Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Tortellini and Cabernet Sauvignon Photo: Sujan Bhandari

The freshly baked thin crust pizza was exactly what I had hoped for, a perfect layer of fresh tomato sauce at the top with mozzarella cheese and basil leaves. It was indeed as the Italians say it “a simple pizza” but packed with flavours.

Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Photo: Sujan Bhandari

It was very evident that I was eager to try the Tortellini. A pasta filled with cow cheddar, ricotta and parmesan cheese, then tossed in the bed of mixed chicken sauce and then topped with Basil. The pasta was soft and creamy, and the tangy sauce brought the dish together. The glass of red wine was a cherry on top.

Tiramisu 
Photo: Sandes Shrestha
Tiramisu Photo: Sandes Shrestha

Talking about the cherry on the top, it was finally time for dessert! I was on top of the moon when I saw that they had Tiramisu. The classic Italian dessert made out of ladyfinger biscuit soaked in rum, served with ricotta cream and topped with coffee powder. For people who love coffee, this is definitely a perfect dessert; a symphony of bitter and creamy.


Head chef, Sushant Manandhar
Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Head chef, Sushant Manandhar Photo: Sujan Bhandari

However, that is not the end, as the Chef had sent us a complimentary dessert, Gelato, the homemade Italian ice cream.

Gelato 
Photo: Sujan Bhandari
Gelato Photo: Sujan Bhandari

We were served in two flavours: chocolate and mango. Standing true to its flavours the ice cream was creamy and the flavours were not too overpowering. It was indeed a perfect end for the hot summer night.

Photo: Sandes Shrestha
Photo: Sandes Shrestha

Piano Piano South to me is a perfect place to wine and dine with your friends where one can enjoy nature and good food.


Contact Details:

Facebook: PIANO PIANO SOUTH

Instagram: PIANO PIANO SOUTH

 Location: Bakhundole, Sanepa

Contact No.: 9802302303/9802302304

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