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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Benvenuto Welcomes

MTBenvenuto's good food and prices are worth a trip to Avtozavodskaya.
The Lite Life restaurant holding, which runs such elite eateries as Da Giacomo, Flamant and Zhyoltoye More as well as the affordable Tanuki sushi bar chain, has now moved into what would have to be the most crowded restaurant segment of them all -- democratically priced Italian. Inexpensive Italian chains such as Viaggio, Mi Piace and Il Patio have been multiplying across the city. Given this level of competition, it was probably wise of Lite Life to open its first Benvenuto not in the center, but farther afield in the Avtozavodskaya district.

Large windows and pastel colors give the restaurant an airy feel. The decor is fairly traditional and a little rustic -- there are even checked tablecloths (although with yellow instead of red checks).

The menu is straightforward but does include quite a few dishes not normally found on your average pizzeria menu. Some of the more unusual salads include the fried chicken liver and pine nuts with latuca and a basilica berry sauce (200 rubles) and octopus braised in spices with potato, tomato, olives and lemon sauce (380 rubles).

There is handful of soups including a tasty pumpkin soup (100 rubles) and an excellent Mediterranean seafood soup (185 rubles). Risotto comes in three varieties: porcini and grana padano cheese (290 rubles), asparagus (290 rubles) and seafood (340 rubles).

There is a large selection of pastas, ranging in price from 190 to 350 rubles, including penne arrabiata (220 rubles), spaghetti with pesto (240 rubles) and lasagna bolognese (240 rubles). The pizza selection is also decent, starting at 165 rubles for margarita and reaching 420 rubles for marinara.

Benvenuto doesn't gouge on the wine -- it offers its own red, white and rose house wine for 125 rubles a glass. There is also a reasonable selection of bottled wine. The house draft beer is also fair, priced at 90 rubles for light filtered and 110 rubles for unfiltered.

Benvenuto offers delivery with a minimum order of 1,000 rubles.

6 Velozavodskaya Ul., 675-0033 (delivery 645-1105), noon-11 p.m., M. Avtozavodskaya.