Little Italy - Jubilee Hill

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 3 reviews )

F550, Aryon, Apollo Rd 92, Jubilee Hill, Hyderabad, India, 500034

Chain of upscale Italian restaurants serving lacto-vegetarian cuisine. Kitchen rests between meals. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-11:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Pizza, Italian, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Mexican

3 Reviews

First Review by pradipd

Decent Italian food - Edit

Little Italy is the Indian equivalent of Olive Garden. It's a chain serving Italian food.
Good variety of dishes, and a consistent and pleasant experience.

Pros: variety, good pastas, consistency

Cons: conventionally grown food, chain restaurant

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Expensive, but fine Italian cuisine - Edit

Little Italy is a perfect place to experience another cuisine than the Indian one. It offers very well cooked Italian dishes, with a very fine taste, and serves wines, which is quite rare in a vegetarian restaurant in India. In comparison to the whole menu, vegan options are not so numerous but you can easily find some of them that are really amazing, such as marinated mushrooms for instance. Do not hesitate to ask the server not to use milk products for cooking or to assure you there is only oil in the dishes you want to take. The dinner we spent was great but you will probably more appreciate their lunch ad libitum buffet which is very more interesting in terms of prices.

As the previous review, we also have some criticism about the restaurant. We also find that prices are very high in comparison to Indian usual prices, even if the food is of good quality. The restaurant is really under-lighted which is not really practical to eat and to read the menu.

Pros: very fine cuisine, nice place, serves wines

Cons: too much expensive, lack of light, not so many vegan choices

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A Good Model Turned Mercenary - Edit

Little Italy is a chain of vegetarian Italian restaurants now spread all over India. It started with a single restaurant in Pune years ago and it was a refreshing model in India. But now success has gotten to their heads and like many other chain restaurants, money making is the only model.

In the name of providing candle light experience, there is barely any lighting in the restaurant, making it impossible to read the menu, see the food, and check the bill. When I pointed this out, I was told they are having problems with their lighting! How many upscale restaurants would keep it open and running when they have a problem with the lighting! Only in India.

We had ordered wine along with soup, pizza and salad. The food arrived and there was no sign of the wine. When I pointed out, they realized that wine is a drink and not a dessert!

Salad is served in a deep bowl making it very difficult to eat with a fork and knive. The reason of course is that in India all Indians eat all cuisines in a family style, i.e sharing all dishes all around the table, even where the menu item is an individual plated item, a concept that is totally alien in India. Where else in the world can you order soup one by two, i.e one order served to 2 individuals!

Of course, well before the bill arrived, there was already a sticker shock in the menu. I have been eating at Little Italy in Pune regularly, and the prices here were totally out of sync with the reality of eating out in India in different categories of restaurants.

When we arrived at the restaurant, there was a family of 12 with 6 kids making a racket and kids running and jumping all around as if it was a playground. When I complained to one of the servers in a tie, he nodded (whatever that means in India) and of course did nothing about it. Ultimately I had to walk over to the offending table and give them a piece of my mind.

With this kind of prices and this kind of service, they definitely did not get any tip from me.

Pros: Vegetarian, Italy

Cons: Dark, Noisy, Bad service

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snellore 11 Jul 2012 - I completely agree with the review Pradip posted. I live very close to Little Italy in Hyderabad and went there 3-4 times; but they seem to be going from bad to worse. Their portion sizes have gotten smaller and prices have gone up way too high. I just hope they close down instead of ripping their customers off.  

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