Appreciating Italian Cuisine

5 Best Italian Restaurants in KL

Appreciating Italian cuisine – a cuisine of refined and elegant.

 

 

Italian cuisine has always been known for its tomatoes, its garlic, its wine.. however, the real lesson  Italian cuisine taught the world is a simple one: it’s all about what you eat and the quality of the ingredients you use. Tomatoes must be fresh, garlic is good for the health and red wine is great as long as it’s good. The world has coming to love Italian cuisine and food. 

 

 

Here are our picks of the best Italian restaurants in KL that will leave a lasting impression.

 

 

La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante

 

La Risata, meaning “the laughter”, are two lively restaurants in the suburbs of Ampang and Medan Damansara that have been serving some of the best Italian food in Kuala Lumpur since 1996. Well known for their good variety of authentic Italian dishes ranging from traditional wood-fired oven thin and crispy pizzas to pastas, meat and seafood dishes that exude the very essence of Italian dining – rustic, hearty and good. Diners can enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive wine list or unwind with an aperitif from their full bar.

 


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Nerovivo

 

Nerovivo has become a prime KL landmark for an exceptional Italian casual dining experience. With cool ambiance, modern, stylish, whether you're dining al fresco along the side of the restaurant or inside surrounded by striking lilac walls combined with consistently high quality food and impeccable service. Nerovivo champions unpretentious fine dining in vibrant surroundings.

 

 

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Vineria.IT

 

A snazzy looking Italian restaurant bedecked with art deco portraits and whose edgy contemporary setting is contrasted with the easy-going Caribbean music wafting in the air, blending beautifully with the whiff of hearty Italian fares exiting the kitchen. Pick your favourite drink from the extensive wine list, take a sip, sit back and enjoy a truly Italian meal.

 

 

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Pietro Ristorante Italiano

 

Nestled in the lush enclave of Damansara Heights, away from the hustle of the city, Pietro Ristorante Italiano offers a friendly and casual atmosphere where you can experience a taste of truly authentic Italian dishes with friends, or someone special or entertaining large groups. Pietro’s large two-storey space is divided into the main dining hall, café, private rooms and an outdoor deck, you can expect a delectable spread of original Italian dishes in a contemporary setting surrounded by artworks. 

 

 

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Portofino Ristorante Italiano

 

Portofino is an authentic Italian restaurant situated in the heart of Bangsar, in Lucky Garden. The Chef’s of more than 10 years experience in serving up Italian favourites, takes pride in their freshly made pastas and desserts every day, giving its customers a taste of classic Italy. From the range of fine wine to an array of pasta dishes, it’s easy to be spoilt for choices. The restaurants holds up to 100 pax making it perfect for family and company gatherings yet quiet enough for candle lit dinners.

 

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Roasted Turkey

Christmas at La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

La Risata has been a big name in Italian dining scene in KL. The multiple award-winning restaurant  has recently bagged the Best Italian Restaurant award from Time Out KL Food Awards 2015. Despite its fame, La Risata hasn't lost its steam since opened in 1996 – that’s almost two decades of making Italian pizzas and pastas the right way!

 

 

As 2015 draws to a close, I was invited to sample La Risata’s Christmas menu. La Risata Medan Damansara outlet is quietly tucked in Damansara Heights, away from the hustle and bustle, making it a hidden gem in the city. The restaurant carries an old-world charm and has a cozy setting. The sampling was held on a weekday night. By 8pm, the restaurant was already packed with diners. I was relieved and grateful that I had my table reserved earlier. At this moment, I made a mind note to self – reservation is highly recommended to dine at La Risata as the business is so good!

 

 

Entering the restaurant I was greeted by the charming waiters and on-point festive decorations. The dining room was dimly lit and surrounded by Christmas lights and ornaments hanging on the exposed bricks. I couldn’t help to notice the little silver reindeers hiding among the presents under the Christmas tree – not that kind of typical Christmas decoration that you see elsewhere – La Risata truly cares about the finest details. I began to anticipate for my Christmas sampling at La Risata more.

 

Christmas lights and wine glasses at La Risata
Christmas lights and wine glasses at La Risata

Can you feel Christmas?
Can you feel Christmas?

 

Antipasti

 

 

As an antipasto, a thin-crust white Pizza Mozzarella (RM30++), baked in La Risata’s famed brick oven started the dinner great. The perfectly baked crust was topped generously with La Risata’s homemade smoked mozzarella, anchovy and marinated peppers. The pizza went well with the fruity red wine served. I was delighted by the good execution of the pizza where it’s widely known that pizzas are hard to impress diners because they could become rather predictable.

 

Pizza Mozarella
Pizza Mozarella

And here comes another antipasto with an extremely long Italian name – Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia (RM46++) – tender cuts of grilled BLUE FIN TUNA (gasp!) with bed of squid ink gnocchi in a lemon butter sauce. The rare combination of tuna and gnocchi was surprisingly good.

 

Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia
Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia

 

I personally heart this antipasto – Insalata Razzo E Pera (RM32++) – a healthy looking rocket and pear salad with lemon dressing and shaved parmesan. The light and refreshing taste of the pear did good help in lifting my guilt for having heavy (but also heavenly good!) meals back-to-back. Definitely a good choice for antipasto before feasting on the Roasted Turkey.

 

Insalata Razzo E Pera
Insalata Razzo E Pera

 

Secondi Piatti

 

 

For the main course, the enormous and mouth-watering roasted turkey Tacchino Arrosto (RM338++, 4kg, serves 10-12 persons) awaited. Look at that perfectly golden, moist turkey! So beautifully prepared!

 

Roasted Turkey
Roasted Turkey

The roasted turkey was served with traditional chestnut stuffing, roasted vegetable with cranberry sauce and giblet sauce. You would feel the Christmas blessings the moment you sink your teeth into the tender cuts of the turkey dipped with the specially prepared sauce. The roast was cooked to perfection and dissolved in my mouth. Too good that I was lost in words.

And that was not the end of the happiness yet! Another delight came – Cosciotto d’Alene (RM228++, 3kg, serves 10-12 persons) – gigantic roast leg of lamb with root vegetable served with rosemary sauce.

Roast Leg of Lamb at La Risata
Roast Leg of Lamb at La Risata
Nicely done!
Nicely done!

 

Dolci

 

 

I had the chance to sample THREE exquisite desserts (oh god, triple happiness!) The first was Tiramisu (RM160++, serves 12 persons), how could you miss having Tiramisu at an Italian restaurant! Layer of Savoiardi biscuits soaked in espresso and filled with Italian mascarpone cream cheese, the Tiramisu perfected the dinner.

 

The very pretty Tiramisu
The very pretty Tiramisu

Zucotto (RM120++, serves 8-10 persons), the pretty liquor dome cake filled with sinful chocolate and vanilla cream with almond, hazelnut and chocolate bits!
Zucotto (RM120++, serves 8-10 persons), the pretty liquor dome cake filled with sinful chocolate and vanilla cream with almond, hazelnut and chocolate bits!

Torta di Zucca (RM80++, serves 8-10 persons), pumpkin pie served with maple cream sauce.
Torta di Zucca (RM80++, serves 8-10 persons), pumpkin pie served with maple cream sauce.

 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DESSERT TIME. 

 


All of us know that preparing for Christmas meal takes an inordinate amount of time and patience. La Risata is thoughtful to make their festive selections available from December 2015 to 10th January 2016, where you can “mix and match” to create your own sumptuous Christmas or New Year menu for your celebrations at restaurants or in the comfort of your house.

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! *burp*

 

 

 

La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante

 

Damansara outlet

128, Jalan Kasah,

Medan Damansara

50490 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

Daily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

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Ampang outlet

16, Jalan Persiaran Ampang,

55000 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

Daily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

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