Indian Pizzerias Shine in Top 50 of Asia Pacific 2024 Rankings

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Published on March 13, 2024

In a remarkable testament to India's growing stature in the global culinary scene, two Indian pizzerias have secured prestigious spots on the Top 50 Pizza's list of the best pizzerias in the Asia Pacific for 2024. Gurugram's Da Susy, under the leadership of Chef Susanna di Cosimo, achieved an impressive 13th position, while Leo's Pizzeria in New Delhi, spearheaded by Amol Kumar, was ranked 44th. This achievement underscores the increasing popularity and excellence of pizza in India, competing against the best in the Asia Pacific region.

The Top 50 Pizza list, published by an Italy-based media organisation, is renowned for its rigorous evaluation process, highlighting the finest pizzerias around the globe. The inclusion of Da Susy and Leo's Pizzeria not only celebrates the quality and innovation present in the Indian pizza scene but also marks the second consecutive year these establishments have been recognized, reflecting their sustained excellence and commitment to culinary mastery.

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The top honours for 2024 went to Pizza Bar (Japan), Crosta Pizzeria (Philippines), and Ristopizza (Japan), demonstrating the diverse and competitive nature of the Asia Pacific's pizza culture. India's representation on this prestigious list is a significant accomplishment, showcasing the nation's ability to blend traditional Italian pizza-making techniques with local flavours and ingredients, creating unique and delightful culinary experiences.

Reacting to this honour, Da Susy shared a message of gratitude and excitement on social media, especially noting the significance of the announcement coinciding with Women's Day. Amol Kumar of Leo's Pizzeria expressed his overwhelming joy and the motivation to continue improving, with hopes of climbing higher in the rankings next year.

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This international recognition of Da Susy and Leo's Pizzeria is a moment of pride for the Indian culinary community, highlighting India's evolving gastronomic landscape. It not only reaffirms the country's burgeoning pizza culture but also its burgeoning influence on the international culinary stage. As these establishments continue to set high standards and innovate, their success on such a prestigious list inspires and paves the way for other Indian eateries to make their mark globally, further enriching India's culinary narrative.


The Macallan M 2023: A Luxurious Whisky Experience Arrives in India

The Macallan M 2023: A Luxurious Whisky Experience Arrives in India

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 21, 2024

The Macallan has unveiled its highly anticipated The Macallan M 2023 whisky, signaling a new era of sophistication and exclusivity in the country's spirits landscape. With only 10 meticulously chosen bottles available, this release not only exemplifies the pinnacle of craftsmanship but also underscores The Macallan's unwavering commitment to excellence.

This extraordinary whisky embodies The Macallan's Six Pillars – Natural Colour, Mastery, Curiously Small Spirit Stills, The Estate, Exceptional Oak Casks, and Sherry Seasoning – serving as a testament to the brand's dedication to quality and tradition. Each bottle encapsulates a legacy of distilling expertise and artistry, offering a sensory journey like no other.

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Crafted with precision and care, The Macallan M 2023 presents a harmonious blend of flavors, where sweet black cherry and demerara sugar intertwine with smooth crème anglaise, leading to an opulent fusion of chocolate orange, subtle wood spice, and decadent dark chocolate undertones. It's a symphony of indulgence that captivates the palate and leaves a lasting impression.

Debuting at prestigious locations such as the Taj Mahal Hotel & The Oberoi in Delhi, The Macallan M 2023 transcends the realm of whisky, embodying a celebration of heritage and craftsmanship. As the most valuable spirit ever introduced in India, it adds an unprecedented level of prestige to the discerning whisky aficionados across the nation.

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This launch heralds a significant milestone in India's spirits landscape, inviting enthusiasts to embark on a journey of discovery and appreciation for the rich history and unparalleled quality that define The Macallan. It's not just a whisky; it's a testament to the brand's enduring legacy and its relentless pursuit of perfection.


Rakul Preet Singh Launches Millet-Based Restaurant 'Arambam' in Hyderabad

Rakul Preet Singh Launches Millet-Based Restaurant 'Arambam' in Hyderabad

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 20, 2024

Rakul Preet Singh, renowned Bollywood actress and fitness enthusiast, has ventured into the culinary world with the launch of her first restaurant, 'Arambam – Millet Beginnings,' located in Madhapur, Hyderabad. This new dining establishment is introduced in partnership with Curefoods, a notable player in the food and beverage and cloud kitchen industry in India.

Arambam is not just any restaurant; it is a millet-centric eatery that embodies Singh’s passion for fitness and nutrition. "I’m thrilled to open my first restaurant focused on nutritious food that tastes great. Hyderabad holds a special place in my heart, starting from my acting career to now my F&B venture," Rakul Preet Singh stated during the inauguration.

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The restaurant’s mission is to highlight the nutritional benefits of millets—an ancient grain integral to Indian cuisine—through a unique culinary experience. Millets are known for their rich content in complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fibers, making them an excellent dietary choice. The Government of India has been promoting millets due to their health benefits and minimal environmental footprint.

Ankit Nagori, Founder of Curefoods, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, "Arambam is a testament to our commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and mindful eating. We are excited about this venture and plan to expand with more restaurants in Bangalore and Chennai, as well as ten cloud kitchens this year."

Arambam’s menu features a variety of millet-based dishes that promise a delightful balance of health and flavor, catering to a growing demographic of health-conscious diners in the city. This launch marks a significant step towards popularizing sustainable and nutritious eating practices in urban India, resonating with contemporary dietary trends that favor both wellness and environmental consciousness.


Experience the Bold Flavors of Punk Gin, A Nao Spirits’ Innovative Gin Creation

Experience the Bold Flavors of Punk Gin, A Nao Spirits’ Innovative Gin Creation

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 20, 2024

Joining the vibrant lineup of Nao Spirits' innovative gin creations is Punk Gin, a rebellious take on the classic pink gin. Crafted with a blend of fresh strawberries and hibiscus flowers, Punk Gin challenges the norms of traditional gin-making with its bold flavors and anti-establishment attitude.

Unlike conventional pink gins laden with artificial additives and sugars, Punk Gin stays true to its craft by using only the freshest ingredients. Handpicked strawberries from Mahabaleshwar, renowned for their exquisite flavor, are meticulously macerated with Nao Spirits' classic London Dry Gin for 48 hours. A hint of dried hibiscus flowers adds a touch of brightness and acidity, resulting in a champagne-pink gin bursting with freshness.

Punk Gin offers a sensory journey with every sip. Fresh and vibrant strawberry notes greet the palate, followed by hints of lemon peel, black pepper, and juniper on the finish. This delightful combination makes Punk Gin the perfect companion for warm summer days and balmy evenings.

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Anand Virmani, Co-founder and CEO of Nao Spirits, says “Pink Gins are all the rage, but most pink gins have artificial flavouring, colour and lots of sugar, bearing little semblance to a real gin. As the pioneering craft gin brand in India, we use every opportunity to guide the category forward and set the right example for what it means to be ‘craft’. That is exactly what we did with Punk Gin – stuck to our principles in a fast-growing and competitive landscape by using fresh ingredients and taking Pink Gin back to its origins and showcasing what it was really intended to be.”

Punk Gin is currently available in Goa and Karnataka, with plans for expansion to Haryana. To fully appreciate its flavors, enjoy Punk Gin with tonic water and garnish with a slice of fresh strawberry, accompanied by a basil leaf or sprig of rosemary. Remember to refrigerate Punk Gin to preserve its freshness and vibrant taste.

As the Indian gin scene continues to evolve, Nao Spirits remains at the forefront of innovation and excellence. With Punk Gin, they invite gin enthusiasts to embrace the spirit of rebellion and indulge in a truly refreshing experience. Join the revolution and discover the bold flavors of Punk Gin today.

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