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Dining in Galle Fort? Try these 3 Italian Dishes for Lunch at AQUA Forte

Mar 5, 2020
Italian Food

After walking along the ramparts of the Galle Fort, visiting museums and admiring the stunning ancient structures within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s a great possibility you’ll be famished and thirsty by midday. Dining in Galle Fort is a memorable experience and gives you a plethora of choices to satisfy your cravings. Keep your hunger at bay and visit us at AQUA Forte; one of the only authentic Italian restaurants in Sri Lanka! Here are three delectable dishes you must try for lunch at Galle Fort.

Tagliatelle al Ragú Bolognese

The Tagliatelle al Ragú Bolognese is one of the most famous dishes in Italian cuisine and a crowd favourite at AQUA Forte. Originating in Bologna, one of the culinary capitals of Italy, our Head Chef Roberto follows a traditional recipe where the tagliatelle is handmade and the ragu is slow-cooked for more than 6 hours.

Perfect for Lunch

The Tagliatelle al Ragú Bolognese is the ideal dish if you’re dining in the Galle Fort, as it a well-balanced meal with carbs and proteins in the egg pasta, proteins from the lean beef meat in the ragu and essential fats from the butter and milk in the sauce. It’ll satisfy your hunger after a day of exploring the ramparts of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka.

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Wine Pairing with Tagliatelle al Ragú Bolognese

Pair this dish with a Chianti Classico from Tuscany, made from the Sangiovese grape which will complement the creamy sauce and clean the palate; leaving a pleasantly-refreshed sensation.

Risotto Al Basilico e Gamberi

Risotto is a typical Italian dish prepared in countless variations. Risotto originated from northern Italy, where rice is typically grown, but our version includes elements from the south and coastal areas of Italy, where we cook it in seafood stock and garnish it with prawns. Our chefs at AQUA Forte combine the aromatic basil, sweet prawns and lemon zest to create a unique recipe.

Perfect for Lunch

Risotto Al Basilico e Gamberi is the perfect option for lunch, especially if you’re craving some Italian rice. This well-balanced dish comprises of carbs in the form of rice, and proteins from the prawns and cheese.

Wine Pairing with Risotto Al Basilico e Gamberi

Pair our risotto with Sauvignon Blanc from the North of Italy. Its fresh and fruity palate will complement beautifully with herbal notes of the basil, the sweetness of the prawns and the acidity of the lemon zest.

Polenta di Montagna

Commonly found across all regions in the north of Italy, Polenta used to be a staple food and was consumed almost every day to accompany any meal. Polenta is usually served as a single dish with some form of proteins and vegetables.

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Perfect for Lunch

At AQUA Forte, we create a unique recipe that isn’t found anywhere else in Sri Lanka! We serve the Polenta di Montagna with melted Taleggio cheese (a soft cheese imported from Italy), mushrooms and red cabbage. Besides being a delicious dish, it is also a pleasure for the eyes for the combination of different colors: yellow of the polenta, white of the cheese, brown of the mushrooms and purple of the cabbage.

Wine Pairing with Polenta di Montagna

As we know, Italian food tastes twice as great with the perfect wine pairing. We suggest pairing the Polenta di Montagna with Merlot or Pinot Noir, or any light to medium body red wine.

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