Vera Pizza by Tonino (Gurgaon) 5.5/10

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The parent restaurant- Tonino, on the MG Road is nearly unparalleled in terms of Italian food. This offshoot, in Cyber City, Gurgaon pales in comparison.

Having said that however, as one of the many, many restaurants in the area, each clamouring for your attention (and credit cards), let us now reduce our expectations from Tonino to your regular-working-lunch eatery for the corporate minions that make up cyber-city’s population. In that case, Vera Pizza does not disappoint. The lunch buffet looked fairly large, but unattractive, which led me to have a look at their pizza selection- which is apparently cooked in a wood fired oven (although how they got the permit to burn wood in the middle of Cyber City is beyond me). The pizza of choice is the verapizza fantasia which, as the name suggests is a (meat) eater’s fantasy. Four types of cheeses, lamb, chicken and even eggs! I’m not so sure if Italians traditionally like eggs on their pizzas though- that too sunny side up! You could also try the chicken lasagna which isn’t half bad, given that the lasagna sheets retained their texture till the end and the sauce was the perfect blend of the tomato sweetness and the bite of the parmesan.

Unfortunately, there’s not much else to recommend. The grilled chicken sausages with mashed potato and mustard (btw, why would anyone want to serve bangers and mash in an Italian restaurant is beyond me) had no mustard and the high point of the garlic bread was the olive oil it came with. The tomato soup lacked the tanginess one would expect in a tomato soup and the chicken soup well, had woefully little chicken and tasted more of mushrooms.

All in all, if you’re looking for a pizza in Cyber City and are sick of the Dominoes/ Pizza Hut/ Papa Johns clones, Vera Pizza is pretty much your best choice.

Ratings/ Quick Facts Scale (on 10)/ Remarks
Ambience 7
Ease of access 5
Service 6
Quality of food 6
Value for money 4
Would I go back there? I don’t really have a choice. I work in Cyber City and love a good pizza!
Meal for two INR 1400 + taxes (without alcohol)
Serves alcohol Yes (apparently they have the lowest prices in the area- or so the board outside the restaurant says)
Credit cards Accepted

Top Tips:

  • Reservations arent really necessary
  • Parking will be an issue
  • Just go for the pizza. Forget everything else.

 

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