Little Italy pioneered the romance that is associated with Italian cuisine in India. Its journey started from Pune in 1988 as La Pizzeria at a time when very few people in the country knew the taste and authenticity of this cuisine. La Pizzeria was more like a traditional pizza house at the beginning with a limited offering of pastas and other items. As the popularity and demand increased, it slowly started adding up other items, such as daily specials – pastas, soups and salads to its existing menu. By 1989-90, La Pizzeria became popular in Pune among locals and foreigners alike.
In 1995, the company launched its outlet at Juhu, Mumbai. It was at this time the name Little Italy evolved as the aim became to offer a full range of Italian cuisines to the customers. During 1995-2000, Little Italy became synonymous with world-class Italian cuisine. In 2000, the company opened its first franchise outlet and now the brand has grown to more than 26 outlets across 17 major cities in India. The company’s goal is to open at least 75 Little Italy restaurants over next four to five years.
Over the years, Little Italy has won several awards and recognitions including the Best Italian Cuisine Award in 2007, Best Italian Vegetarian Restaurant in India in 2001, Best Italian Vegetarian Restaurant in Mumbai in 1999, Best Menu Card Award in 1999, International Tourism Council Award, amongst others.
Italians are one of the few people in the world who are passionate about their food. They take a lot of pride in their cooking and love their food fresh from the pan. With a passion for authentic Italian cuisine, the company explored Italy to specially hire chefs and most of its essential ingredients are imported from there to give the perfect Italian flavour.