Ritu Dlamia born in Kolkata (1973) to a Marwari business family, she joined her family business of marble stone at the age of 16. Her work led her to Italy for sourcing where over a period of time develop a liking for Italian cuisine and started learning it as well. Then in 1993, at the age of 22 she started her first restaurant 'MezzaLuna', specialising in Mediterranean cuisine with an "Italian accent", in the Hauz Khas Village, Delhi, but the restaurant wasn't a success and so after three years, she sold it off. Then in 1996, Dalmia moved to London, where she opened the first Indian fine dining restaurant on King's Road, with partner Andy Verma. The restaurant was a big success and received good reviews, however unable to settle in London, in 2000 Dalmia sold off her shares of restaurant to Verma and returned to Delhi. Here in the same year, she opened "Diva" Italian restaurant along with a partner, Gita Bhalla in posh Greater Kailash II, in 2000. Today Diva continues to be a popular restaurant in Delhi.
She also runs a caf` at the Italian Embassy's Italian Cultural Centre in the diplomatic enclave, Chanakyapuri, Delhi, "Diva Caf` in Greater Kailash I, N-Block Market, "Latitude 28" at Khan Market, at the Alliance Francaise, Delhi and "DIVA Piccola" at Hauz Khas village, besides she has also established a catering business. In 2007, she started hosting a TV-series, "Italian Khana" on NDTV Good Times, shot in Italy and subsequently the book was also released. The show ran for three seasons and won numerous television awards. She has also been a consulting chef with Divattra, the spa restaurant at 'Ashok Hotel', Delhi.
She published her food travel, cookbook, Travelling Diva: Recipes from around the World in 2012, and features her favourite recipes from European, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines and her stories behind them.
She has been awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity by Government of Italy in December 2011. Please click on the link below to see an interview with her and get inspired by her passion.