Da Fresca

In a typical weekend hunt for good food, which includes checking out every new eatery in town, my honourable cousin landed up at Da Fresca (this is my conveniently shortened version of the actual name, which runs to three lines. Since I know no Italian and neither does my secret agent, I won’t be surprised if the name turns out to be something else entirely and what caught our eye was just some longish description of the place!).

Anyway, I have fresh second hand (!) information on this new Italian eatery and here you go!

Da Fresca is on Tirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar, near the end meeting the Valluvar Kottam junction. If you ask my cousin, he’ll tell you, in true PSBBian fashion, its opposite my school yaar. But, not really :) It is far more accurate to say it is diagonally opposite Vidyodaya Schools but then secret agents have to be humoured! He tells me that Da Fresca is run by an Italian and that the food, though tasty, is quite expensive.

Is it better than Bella Ciao?” I ask.

Are you nuts? You want me to rate it based on a single visit? Silly. Ever had Bella Ciao’s thin crust pizza? Man, it rocks!

Oh okay. The Bella Ciao in Nungambakkam?

The one..original one… in Kottivakkam. But it is the same chain old girl, how does it matter?

I sigh deepy at this point because, as usual, our conversation was digressing and I was looking for information from this smart yet greatly unreliable source.

What did you eat at Fresca?

Well… pizza, pasta, lasagne and whatever I managed to eat off other plates.


So tell me da, will you go there again?

Of course I will. Hey, aama, you never gave me your birthday treat. Lets go there. How about tonight?

Dangerous inflection point and I decide to back off.

“Umm….sure…we’ll go. Not tonight. Some other time, promise. Seri I have a meeting, more laters”

So there – what I intend to do is to check this place out soon. In case you decide to do the same, do watch out for a harried woman amongst a bunch of fast talking twenty year olds. Stop by and say hi. I’d welcome any respite from that bunch!

11 Comments so far

  1. Ravages (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    It is opposite PSBB alright, except it is not THE PSBB…

  2. Krithiga (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

    Just saw the place. Am really worried about Italian – want to make sure that they absolutely positively vegetarian. (Once a fussy eater, always a fussy eater :( )

  3. Anand (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

    Oh! Italian is never vegetarian.. even their spinach comes from animals, and don’t even ask me about their wheat for their semolina. It is a thoroughly animal product as well!

  4. Anuttama (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    If you want vegetarian Italian food you should check out Little Italy in Nungambakkam — seriously good vegetarian Italian food — it’s completely vegetarian.

  5. Lavanya (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

    @Ravages: You bet my cousin reacted in a flash to the PSBB dig. He goes, “listen x*&%^# it is directly opposite the PSBB juniors” and I go, “:O”. Sigh! Yet another futile dig. I bid my time :D

  6. Ravages (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

    I meant that the psbb in tproad/nungambakkam isn’t THE PSBB.

  7. Lavanya (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 10:29 pm

    And I thought THE PSBB was the Main one in Nungambakkam and that KK Nagar was a branch? :O

  8. Ravages (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 2:35 pm


  9. Ravages (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    The name of the restaurant is something like “Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore” – and it is directly across the road from the smallish PSBB on TP Road…

  10. Chocalat (unregistered) on June 9th, 2006 @ 3:37 am

    According to my friend, who worked in Italy for more than a year, restaurants there serve more vege stuff-right from the root to the leaves than meat! Tomatoes are their favourite. Anand, my friend is getting wild…dont speculate :)

  11. Anand (unregistered) on June 9th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    Chocolat: Oh no… I still stick to my orig statement and cannot recant! In fact I have more allegations to make about Italian food. You mentioned Tomatos… where do you think Italian tomatos come from?… from birds… I’ve even eaten fish tomatos!
    Now take their spices and herbs… basil… is a pure animal product. Garlic… oh don’t even tell me about it. Garlic is manufactured from the gut of Australian Wallabis. It is an international (i.e. American capitalist sponsored) conspiracy to hide us from the truth. During the 1920’s Australian Wallabis were mysteriously transported to a secret European location for harvesting garlic crom their intestines (which turned out to be Italy). A recent sting operation by Greenpeace has unearthed just a small portion of the nearly century-long myth that has been spread about the actual origins of the garlic… Indian people nevertheless in their pre-emptive farsightedeness (what?) do not eat Garlic… ex. go ask your grannie!
    Hmm… now that should settle issues for good. If you are a pure Indian vegetarian, pure of heart, believer in truth and ethical being…(commie, as well) there is more than one reason to avoid capitalist Italian food. (That is the real reason behind the RSS’s opposition to Sonia Gandhi BTW!)

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