Italian Oven

My first eat out at Islamabad, and the Italian Oven was the destination. Located at F 10 markaz, the restaurant has a definately cozy feel to it. As we entered, we were greeting with smiles, which as usual makes a great first impression. Then we were whisked away to the upstairs seating area.

italianoven.jpgEven though named the Italian Oven, the menu contains a lot of other cuisines as well, a testament to diversification sought by the restaurant industry. Included among pasta’s and pizzas were steaks, burgers and a host of international delights. I ordered Chicken Diane, boneless chicken in a mustard and cream cheese sauce. It was heavenly! Neither of the two sauces were too strong, nor too light and made the chicken taste amazing. Other items ordered were the BBQ Chicken steak, Chicken Fettucini, and a pizza (forget the name now though). All of the food had ‘professionally prepared’ written on it.

To down it, we ordered fruit juices, of which mine was the ‘Ferrari’ a cocktail of Peace syrup, apple and pineapple juice. I was happy with the choice as it went really well with the main course. To defend my choice of juice, i jokingly remarked to my father, “i’ll start with the Ferrari drink today and one day make my way upto the car”.

The waiters still need some polishing tough, to come up to the standards of which we’re used to at Zamzama restaurants in Karachi. However, apart from being a little late with the bill and a little clumsy with setting down the plates, nothing too distressing occurred.

All in all, a very good experience! A definate must try.

Food: 5/5
Atmosphere: 4/5
Service 3/5
Overall Rating 4/5

9 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

    Excellent review… we need more stuff like this! Next time try something desi, open air – you ask me, go to Haji Resturaunt at the back side of F-10 Markaz. Happy dinning ;)

  2. Asma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 11:47 pm

    Ok Yah Italian Oven’s so goood … well personally what I like the most is their salad sauces … though rahat offers much RICH salads but still sauces of Italian Oven are so yum yum … I’ll recommend it for any student kinda meetups too …


  3. Yahya (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 1:57 am

    Mansoor, first day in town and already enjoying “local” gourmet? You don’t waste much time.

  4. ustad rustam (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 2:30 am

    i once went to this place and had pizza . it was fine ..
    and mansoor, check out ‘Cenemon’ in Beverly Centre. Its good if you want pizza :)

  5. Asma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    Just for the newbie’s information enhancement … Cinnamon really rocks … the beverly center is towards F-6 on main Blue area road’s left side … if you go from f-10 towards preseidency :)

    Olive garden and Gelato affairs rock too … !!!

  6. faisal (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    You have to try Table Talk at
    Kohsar Market…….intimate,
    cozy and great food….it’s
    a small restaurant thus getting
    a table at lunch or dinner takes
    a bit of patience.

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    cool suggestions!

    i’ll try them out as soon as i get a chance :D

  8. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

    heyy mansoor !!
    good to have you here
    im visiting too.. there are a couple of new places here… thought this one aint that new..
    i chked out MAJLIS, last time i was here.. they have really nice starters but thats about itt !!
    lemme go around and i’ll be back with reviews

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

    umer ma man!!!! glad 2 have u onboard!
    yea! we definately need more reviews here! i’ll be looking forward to them

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