I don’t know about you, but when I’m eating Nepali momo and chicken choila, there’s nothing I like better than to pair it with a plate of penne alla vodka and maybe some tiramisu for dessert. The craving doesn’t hit often, but boy, when it does . . .

That’s why it took me a while to hit up Himshikar Restaurant, a Sauganash storefront offering the . . . uh, interesting combination of Nepali, Indian, and Italian food. Before it opened back in May, across Cicero from Whole Foods, owner Amit Sherchan cooked in Italian restaurants in both Paris and Australia over a 16-year period. But by the time I got there he’d scuttled the two pages of Italian dishes, telling me they’d just “confused” his customers.