Restaurants are perpetually tinkering with tradition. They try to put their unique touches and twists on standard dishes, and often mess up the simple and satisfying taste of the original. At Spasso Milano restaurant in Pavilion, Chef Felice Martinelli, who himself hails from Italy and recently won a Gold Award at the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA), is a big believer in back-to-basics cuisine. He serves up a tantalizing array of tried and true Italian favourites bursting with authentic, home-cooked flavour and flare.
The Pavilion outlet in the Spasso Milano chain opened in early 2012, and – judging by the sizeable crowds that pack and patronize this chic restaurant on a daily basis – this return to classic traditional fare is a recipe for success.
One particularly popular offering – which has already become a fixture on the KL lunch scene – is the anti-pasti lunch buffet which features a dizzying and dazzling array of items for a mere RM28++ – great value for money (and this could be said about all of Spasso Milano’s menu).
Spasso Milano also has a wine room which boasts the best from Italian vineyards, and has a retail area where specially sourced, gourmet items are on sale.
I was treated to delicious assortment of items from the menu – too many to recount here. The highlights of my feast were the roasted Wagyu beef panini oozing with fresh parmesan and loaded with fresh vegetables, the richly flavoured saffron risotto served with zesty pan-fried fresh Italian sausage, the thin-crust, wood-fired pizza with smoked scamorza cheese and smoked and air-dried ham, the pan-seared garoupa swimming in sweet citrus orange dressing and, last but not least, the chocolate lava cake which erupted with delicious decadence in my mouth.
Every dish was lovingly prepared and bore the hallmark of Spasso Milano – the taste of tradition.
Fact File :
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Lot 6.44 & 6.45, Level 6, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2148 0688 Email: [email protected]
Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
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This article was written by William Citrin
Source: The Expat March 2012
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