Targeting international business travellers and visiting high-fliers, the Italian restaurant at the Grand Hyatt offers an elegant dining experience. Fresh ingredients like prosciutto di Parma and Mediterranean seabass are cooked into inspired secondi platti, and the pizzas, salads and pasta are all excellent. The open-plan dining room feels spacious and airy - a good place to escape the Mumbai crowds.
Don Giovanni is the archetypal Italian bistro – racks of wine bottles, starched white tablecloths, photos of opera stars on the walls. People make the trip across town to enjoy the homestyle Italian cooking in homely surroundings. Pasta, pizzas and secondi platti are prepared by an Italian chef using fresh local ingredients, with a few essential imports like prosciutto and Parmesan.
From lasagne to carpaccio, the chefs at Mezzo Mezzo hit all the right notes. The Italian restaurant at the JW Marriott in Juhu is cool and contemporary, attracting a well-heeled North Mumbai clientele. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients, including lots of local seafood. Highlights of the menu include herb-scented Italian salads and hand-rolled pasta. A good selection of European wines will help you create the perfect Mediterranean mood.
A slick, wood-lined bistro on a side street off Colaba Causeway, serving authentic Italian pasta dishes and thick gourmet sandwiches on freshly-baked bread. The dining room is screened by foliage and is full of dark wood, creating a calm haven from the busy street outside. Diners are a mix of international travellers and locals experimenting with European cuisine. There's also a branch in Bandra.
Over the years, Juhu has developed into an Italian enclave, at least as far as restaurants go. The chefs at Little Italy offer a tantalising taste of the Mediterranean in a small, cozy dining room on the main Juhu strip. The highlight here is the pasta – handmade ravioli, stuffed pasta shells, gnocchi. It feels like a small Italian bistro ought to feel, and cooks up a treat.
Attached to the popular Not Just Jazz by the Bay bar, this lively pizzeria looks out over Marine Drive. It's a popular stop at lunchtime and gets very busy in the evening, with good reason – the pizzas are tasty and baked in a proper pizza oven. Choose from conventional Italian toppings or Indian creations like chicken tikka masala.