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It was four years ago, that the news started buzzing in Lahore about new caterers in town. Shereen, Shan, and Yasmeen at some parties were such a bang to the catering scene that people heard about them right up to the US.
Cosa Nostra is the name under which the trio of siblings, Shereen, Shan, and Yasmeen created a place for people to sample some of their exclusive Italian food. This restaurant surely is, unlike any other place in Lahore. Cosa Nostra in Italian means ‘our thing’ and is slang for Italian mafia. Either way the name fits in place that is known for doing its own thing that is different than the rest. The siblings inherited a taste for fine Italian food from their Italian mother, Paola Cardone, and very successfully managed to gel their Italian recipes to the local taste of Lahore.
The moment you step into Cosa Nostra’s Pizzeria, the ambience makes you feel as if you are in some part of Rome. With old whine bottles jammed in the wall, fine crystal chandeliers and smell of fresh pizzas and baked cheese, the feel of the place gives a dream like experience of a restaurant in the suburbs of Rome.
Owned by a half Italian family, the place offers true Italian thin crust pizzas. Not just known for its exclusivity but also for its unique style of cuisine, their recipes are from all parts of Italy adapted to match local tastes. However, one think to note here is that although variations are made in recipes but to an extent that they do not loose the exotic Italian essence.
This is one of my favorite places in Lahore. Cosa Nostra provides the perfect setting for a formal business lunch or dinner with guests. The staged meal with its various courses is par excellence. I have never left disappointed. I would highly suggest the "Gingerita", a lemon-ginger slushy drink that is unique to Cosa Nostra. For more casual meals, also try La Pizzeria on the ground floor of Cosa Nostra.