Indian food in Italy

If a spicy and steaming platter of tandoori chicken and tikkas cannot remind you of home in a foreign land, nothing else can.
Image courtesy: Sat Singh

In Italy, 47 UNESCO designated World Heritage sites vie for your attention in an area roughly the size of Maharashtra. From the Alps in the north to the blue Mediterranean in the south, the country displays an amazing variety in landscapes.

Italy is also famous for its cuisine. Although many foodies will go to the extent of travelling to Italy for the food alone, for some, the unfamiliar taste might be a turn off. For those who miss the food from back home, here are some Indian restaurants in Italy:


Il Guru

Ph: 06 4744110;; Via Cimarra 4; dishes €4–9; 7.30pm–midnight Lined with embroidered drapes and elaborate statues, Il Guru in Centro Storico specialises in tandoori dishes prepared in an authentic oven. The curries and vegetables are also tasty, and the setting relaxing. The vegetarian set meal, which serves two, is particularly recommended.


Ph: 06 5803992;; Via San Francescoa Ripa 56; curries €5–12; closed on Mondays This restaurant in the Trastevere area offers good value for money and has a wide choice for vegetarians as well as fans of tandoori dishes. It also serves veg and non-veg set meals.

Krishna 13

Ph: 06 7005267;; Via Foscolo 13; 11.30am–4pm,7pm–11.30pm If you are near the train station, pop by Krishna 13, a small restaurant with courteous service and good curries. Tuck into the palak paneer and jira alu, or indulge in some butter chicken and vindaloo.



Ph: 02 29005333;; Via Solferino 36; meals €25–35; lunch & dinner Indian decor and authentic Indian food. Apart from an extensive menu of the usual tandoori, curries and bread, this Indian-owned restaurant offers veg and non-veg set meals.


Ph: 02 89404746;; meals €25–35 Viale Gian Galeazzo 7 Head to Shiva for pakoras, soft rotis and spicy veggie dishes. The kheer is excellent.


Ganesh Ji

Ph: 04 1719804 San Polo 2426 Fondamenta Rio Marin; lunch & dinner Fri–Tue, dinner Thu Fancy a quick curry? Forget it. But a slow one can be had on the canalside terrace of this place. Charmingly chaotic staff serve up predominantly Noth Indian dishes (although purists might be disappointed) at reasonable prices– particularly pleased guests have scribbled their appreciation on the walls. The place also offers lunch menus – veg (around €12) and non-veg (around €14.50). There’s a €2.50 cover charge.


Bologna, like most smaller Italian cities, has a sprinkling of Indian restaurants, but none offer particularly noteworthy fare. If you simply cannot do without some familiar flavours on your plate, check out the mid-range Baba Masala (Ph 05 1269009;; Via Broccaindosso 79; lunch & dinner) for North Indian cuisine and friendly service. Ristorante India (Ph 05 1271 095; Via Nazario Sauro, 14/a; lunch & dinner) specialises in tandoori dishes and its kulfi is worth trying if you’re tired of gelato.



Ph: 055 355695; www.; Viale Fratelli Rosselli 33; Mughlai dishes €8.50–10.50, veg €3–8; lunch and dinner Affordable and authentic Punjabi fare, including an extensive vegetarian menu. The menu also includes a variety of dals and homely staples such as baingan ka bharta (€5) and saag paneer (€6). There’s a good range of non-veg dishes too. It’s a short walk from Santa Maria Novella Station.


The information provided here has been compiled from Lonely Planet India’s Italy travel guide for the Indian traveller. For more information, visit your nearest bookstore.

Chaat, the vegetarian's delight
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