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Friday, August 13, 2010

‘Little Italy’ Vegetarian Italian Chain of Restaurants

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Little Italy chain of restaurants with presence in 18 cities in India has its history embedded in the La Pizzeria restaurant at Bund Garden in Pune. This is where it all began in the early 1990s. Around 1995, the La Pizzeria Company expanded to include a full range of Italian vegetarian cuisine alongwith the pizzas. The name “Little Italy” evolved. Although the restaurant at Bund Garden in Pune continues to be known as La Pizzeria, all the other restaurants in different cities are attaining popularity by the name Little Italy.

Image from the Little Italy website
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Little Italy provides you one of the best experiences in Italian vegetarian/vegan dining. While the menu is primarily vegetarian, the Company is extremely sensitive to the requests of vegan and Jain diners. In fact, some dishes on the menu are already vegan; the others can be served vegan on your request. The Manager of La Pizzeria at Bund Garden in Pune informed us that the restaurant receives at least 2-3 requests for dairy-free (primarily cheese-free) dishes per day. Good news, that!

At Little Italy you can enjoy a wide variety of Italian cuisine from the thin crust delectable pizzas to the starters, soups, salads, risottos, pastas, enchiladas, and so on. Remember that you can get the dishes veganized

Delicious Vegan "Pizza Mellino"
Little Italy contact details: Little Italy has restaurants across 13 cities in the country: Bangalore, Baroda, Chennai, Coimbatore, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nasik, Pune, Ranchi, and Shirdi. Some cities have more than one Little Italy restaurant. To find out the location details of a Little Italy restaurant, please visit the 'Restaurants' page in the company’s website by clicking here.

Timings: Open for lunch and dinner from 12:00noon to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 11:30pm (timings may differ slightly from one branch to the other). Open all days in the week.

Cost factor: A meal for two can cost upto Rs.600/- or more.

Looking at Cheese with a Vegan eye: The market in the West is teeming with Vegan versions of animal-based cheese. In India, compassionate small scale businesses have started experimenting with Vegan cheese making. Increasingly, people are eliminating the need for animal cheese in food items that traditionally demanded it. Are you wondering how a dairy-cheese-less pizza/pasta/risotto/sandwich would taste? Well try it then, you will be assured of one thing: you will not miss the dairy cheese! Learn about what exactly is unvegan and unethical about the dairy cheese, and the alternatives available in the article, What’s in Your Cheese? from the Vegetarian Resource Group.

“I believe that a vegan diet causes less suffering than a diet centered around animal products. Animals are sentient creatures with their own wills, and it seems wrong to force our will onto another creature just because we're able to.” ~Moby, Musician~


  1. Those pizzas look way awesome.Italy is near the top of my list of places to visit,so I will be utilizing your pizza tips.Pizza here is a great value, and they know how to hook it up.Loving all the versions of your pizzas and too funny of the pizza and fries!


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