The St. Regis Florence ospita la seconda edizione del FESTIVAL INDIANO – A TASTE OF INDIA CELEBRATION in collaborazione con la Celebrity Chef Ritu Dalmia
The St. Regis Florence ospita la seconda edizione del FESTIVAL INDIANO – A TASTE OF INDIA CELEBRATION in collaborazione con la Celebrity Chef Ritu Dalmia

Here comes the Indian Festival 2024, at The St. Regis in Florence

From April 23 to 28, the halls of the Winter Garden Restaurant will be filled with the scents and colors of India, and Chef Ritu Dalmia‘s homemade but refined cuisine will delight the palates of guests and Florentines alike. But not only food, a tea ritual and a spa massage complete the “A taste of India” experience.

From Tuesday, April 23, for an entire week until April 28, The St. Regis Florence, honored as the first hotel in Florence by Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards 2023, will host the second edition of the Indian Festival.

It is an experience created to celebrate the culture of the Land of Spices in the discovery of fragrances and holistic experiences and pay homage to the great variety of Indian flavors, giving space to even the lesser known ones. Enhancing the key ingredients that each Indian region has to offer with their beneficial properties for the mind and body are on stage.

The second edition once more with Chef Ritu Dalmia

“A Taste of India Celebration with Cittamani’s Chef

Also for this second edition, the food proposal of the restaurant inside the hotel, the Winter Garden Restaurant, for the week will be curated by internationally renowned Celebrity Chef Ritu Dalmia of Cittamani Milano and Atrangi Dubai, and the elegant halls of the Winter Garden Restaurant will be invaded by the typical scents, flavors and colors of Indian culture with a Thali menu for lunchtime and a sophisticated a la carte menu for dinner, inspired by Cittamani Milano and Atrangi Dubai‘s most signature dishes and lesser-known recipes of Indian tradition, revisited in a modern key.

New this year is the addition of Indian-inspired 360-degree holistic experiences: starting with a tea ritual designed by the hotel’s Tea Sommelier Elena Matei, and ending with a spa massage in the Spa Suites at The St.Regis Florence, also with an Indian theme, which will be available to guests and Floridians upon request.

Indian Gastronomic Experience at Winter Garden Restaurant

Menu Thali

Hosted by Executive Chef Genan Shehi‘s kitchen, Chef Dalmia and his brigade return to Florence to bring to life an Indian Food Festival open to outside diners and Florentines. Those who want to get a different and more modern perspective on the millennial Indian culinary tradition are served!

Home cooking and refined dining by Cittamani

Protagonists are the authentic and homemade yet refined dishes the Milanese have already been able to fall in love with over the years at Cittamani. A traditional Thali menu , i.e., a single dish with several dishes to taste different flavors, which changes daily, for lunch, and an a la carte menu of delicacies, vegetarian and otherwise, from various regions of India for dinner.

The Thali menu, classic or vegetarian

On the Thali menu, the guest will be able to choose between a vegetable or classic protein such as “Chicken Curry” or “Pumpkin Ki Sabzi” (pumpkin spiced with garam masala, ginger, turmeric, and chili), accompanied by a side dish (Dal Makhani – piaHo originally from Punjab made with legumes, butter, and cream, or Lake Ka Dum Aloo – made with new potatoes). Each menu will be served with “raita” (cream of yogurt and spices), rice and bread (malabar paratha: Typical Kerala bread). To finish, a dessert of your choice, for a true culinary journey through local flavors, each rich in beneficial properties.

A la carte dinner

As for dinner, Chef Ritu Dalmia will offer dishes that are refined but less known to the general European public from different Indian regions and that are also offered in his Cittamani and Atrangi restaurants. These include Chingri Malai, a creamy and flavorful dish very near and dear to every Bengali’s heart, which can never be missed on the table on special occasions or BuVer Chicken invented by mistake by the chefs of Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi in an attempt to reuse leftovers!

Not just food but also relax

During the week of the Indian festival, it is not only the food offerings that will be influenced by Indian flavors and Indian. The culture and traditions of India will also be reflected in the typical rituals of the St. Regis brand.

Cocktail and tea Ritual

Starting with the brand’s Signature Cocktail – the Bloody Mary – which is reinterpreted in an original way by each hotel and resort in the St.Regis portfolio around the world, creating a recipe inspired by the destination. In fact, the Brunello Bloody Mary created by The St.Regis Florence-a local interpretation of the iconic cocktail of the same name, inspired by the Tuscan countryside and based on a grappa made from the same grapes as Brunello di Montalcino-will be joined throughout the week by The St. Regis Mumbai’s signature cocktail, the Mumbai Mary, which embraces spices such as coriander and cinnamon to create a bold, Indian-spirited reinterpretation of the classic Bloody Mary.

The St.Regis’ signature Tea Ritual will also be reinterpreted in an Indian vein with a proposal designed ad hoc by Tea Sommelier Elena Matei, featuring a reinterpretation of the famous “sticky chai” ( a blend of roasted Indian black tea to which Ayurvedic spices and brown sugar are added to caramelize)

The Spa and Massage

Finally, the hotel’s Spa Suites will offer an India-inspired traHamento: a 60-minute Pinda massage, using herbs and essential oils and based on hot pads, that stomates and energizes the muscles, giving a feeling of strength and vitality (price €200)

The Indian Food Festival

The Festival will begin with an invitation-only opening night on Monday, April 22, themed “Journey Through India” with street food stalls for each region of India with related typical food offerings, local market style, four live cooking stations and a special four-handed cooking show by Executive Chef Gentan Shehi and Celebrity Chef Ritu Dalmia.

In addition, there will be performances of dances typical of Indian culture, both individual and group (Bollywood Dance – Kathak – KalarypayaHu) with MeYoTai dancers, henna tattoo stations and other themed entertainment.

For info and reservations

Tuesday, April 22 to Sunday, April 28

  • Lunch: Thali Menu, € 40 per person, excluding drinks and dessert
  • Dinner: A la Carte Menu

For reservations 055 27163770