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Business with pleasure, the Imperial way

Want to have a luncheon meeting with a business partner? Then Gimignano at the Imperial Hotel seems a good bet. Impress your guest with your taste for good food, suggests SUMITRA SENAPATY... .

NOT SURPRISINGLY, San Gimignano at the Imperial Hotel in New Delhi is the cognoscenti's new flavour. Suddenly it is fashionable to eat and entertain a la Italian style. Upon entering, it gives you the impression of being in the midst of Tuscany countryside, known the world over for its art, cuisine and beautiful landscapes. San Gimignano is a hilltop medieval town, cradled in the heart of Tuscany. Here in Delhi, the Imperial's Italian specialty restaurant of the same name takes inspiration from this lovely city where vineyards and olive groves flourish. In case you want a meal that impresses the client with your good taste and needless to say with food that tastes good, Gimignano's business lunch for Rs. 500 seems a good deal for your bottom line.

Valid till December 20, the business lunch consists of salad and pasta of your choice complimented with a glass of wine -- the perfect balance between business and pleasure. You can make a salad of your choice from a wide range of fresh vegetables, lettuce and dressing -- iceberg lettuce, rocket leaves, zucchini, tomato, mushroom, sweet pepper with Caesar dressing, herbs, balsamic, mayonnaise. And much more! A basket of Italian breads and dips is also placed on the table. All said and done, it is a business lunch, so enjoying yourself is not looked down upon and getting something accomplished is also approved.

The second course is pasta -- you can make your own signature pasta from about a hundred varieties. Choose between spaghetti, angel hair, whole-wheat fettuccine, penne or fusilli. There is quite an array of sauces too, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian -- Pinenut Pesto, Creamy Mushroom and fine herb, Tomato Vodka and diced egg and the Classic Duck Bolognaise. For those wanting to enjoy drinks there is a fine selection instead of the regular house wine. In case you are into red, check out the Chianti, Zonin, DOCG, 2000 and in case you prefer white, there is a lovely Chardonnay to complement your food.

To enjoy business meals, you've got too make the experience a little fresh for yourself each time. And there's a great deal to be said for being the host rather than the guest. Along with the privilege of picking up the tab, you get to decide the guest list, and most important of all, where you'll dine. For any business meal, opt for an ambience that's quiet rather than loud, easy rather than difficult. When you come to visit San Gimignano, be sure to bring a healthy appetite -- your taste buds will thank you!

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