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Sitting in a quiet corner in the lobby of The Oberoi, Nariman Point, the contemporary and chic Italian restaurant 'Vetro' played host to an elegant luncheon on the second-last afternoon of January, 2018.

The menu for which was put together by Roberto Gatto, Executive Chef of the renowned Cip's Club, Hotel Belmond Cipriani in Venice. The afternoon commenced with greetings and interactions, and was soon followed by the chef's live demonstration of cooking the white asparagus risotto.

The white asparagus, he says is a classic Venetian delicacy, the best of which appears in the end of April and the first week of May. The risotto was made out of simple ingredients- white onions, white wine, unsalted butter, rice grains etc. While it cooked at various stages in front of our eyes, the Chef narrated the story of Moeche- the soft shell Venetian Crabs of the lagoon. They are closely monitored and it is only when they start to shed their hard skin, that they are pulled out of the water and transferred to Venice's Rialto fish market for sale. Meanwhile the risotto was cooked and ready to be served! He left a little in the pan to which he added some green pesto sauce and then plated it with the white risotto to give the final result a little colour.

The menu for the afternoon was a brief three course meal. Loaves of light toasted bread with freshly minted tomato sauce were served as the Amuse Bouche. The Antipasti, first course of a formal Italian meal had two options – eggplant rolls stuffed with ricotta and vegetables or soft polenta served with shrimps. The second course was the White asparagus risotto served with some seasoned black pepper. Italy's best sparkling wine, Ferrari Brut from the Oberoi's very own wine library - Enoteca was served to go along with the handcrafted meal. Delicious Spumoni with bitter chocolate ice-cream and raspberry sorbet was served as the final dessert course.

Lunching with stories of Tuscany, Venice with exquisite Italian food palette and some sparkling wine among pastels and floor-to-ceiling glass panels seems like the perfect way to end the month!

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