Callisto is your best option for pasta. Despite all the traversing we've done, through all the cafes and pasta dishes we have ever tried; Callisto takes the cake. That's saying a lot. Each dish here is thoughtfully created with a lot of structure, and purpose within each element. They're a good example of how keeping things minimal usually yields the best experience, and bring this ideal out via their quirky, curated space and their incredibly luxurious dishes.
Each dish is within the Rs. 1200-1500 range. While it certainly does incur quite a bit of a contribution from your wallet, every cent you spend here is absolutely worth it. For one, their ingredients are all imported and of high quality. The sauces are all home-made using the finest produce.
What it is, is a solid block of utter decadence evident in its luxuriously potent and heady Pomodoro sauce. We opted for the beef version- you can pick from either chicken or beef- and the beef was not only a part of the sauce in its viscous texture, it also exuded a wonderfully chewy, and somewhat soft textural addition to the overall savouriness.
The lasagne sheets were silky smooth, and further augmented in their simple taste with the heavy addition of parmesan. Lots of it. While it didn't have as much parmesan around the second time we visited (yesterday), I'm sure they'll oblige if you request.
The Gnocchi a la Pesto (Rs. 1200) is a dish that'll make all you vegetarians (or even normal folks [kidding]) go oooooh at first bite. It's chock full of pesto and cheese, with an excellently chewy, al dente texture courtesy of the well-prepared gnocchi.
The pesto seeps through the thick sauce, light and subtle- offering a fresh kick to amp up the overall flavour. Doesn't matter if you're not a huge pesto fan, just get this one so you can try out all that brilliant flavour.
For tradition's sake, we got ourselves a garlic bread a la Giovanni's. The garlic bread here is as big as their pizzas, with the same wood-fired crust, and is easily the best garlic bread you'll have.
It ticks off all the right boxes with its cheesy base, and you'll be able to experience the garlic in all its glory via the many, many bits of this crushed, delicious albeit strange root vegetable.
Not for the faint of heart, this vampire-killer of a treat is best enjoyed with a cold beverage to wash down the garlic and maybe even forget the fact that every time you speak after this: a dozen vampires within the vicinity will drop dead.
The service here has always been exceptional. Callisto functions with the same crew operating Giovanni's and if you've been there, you'll know that they're a fast and friendly bunch.
However, they're also extremely busy, so they'll perhaps forget a few small things like the chili+oregano sides, so a little patience will help greatly. The food doesn't take long to arrive at all, but allow them a minimum timeframe of 20 minutes for the lasagne.
The ambience screams rustic Italian, and for a minute it'll make you forget you're even in Thimbirigasyaya's loud and bustling neighbourhood. They haven't tried too hard with the decor, the walls are weathered and aged, and the outdoor seating area is super romantic. Perfect for date night.
I will state that the benches you see in the photos above are rather uncomfortable, on account of their hard-wood surface. They're working on replacing them with chairs, soon.
Callisto has the best pasta on the island, hands down. If you haven't tied them out yet, you're missing out on some excellent soul-warming food. Make a reservation before you go- they're almost always full.
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