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Italiannies Pasta Pizza & Vino

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Fine dining restaurants are easy to come by these days, drive around Bangsar, Sri Hartamas, TTDI, Damansara ... and they are dotted all over the place. Italiannies Pasta Pizza & Vino is such a place and that's where we will be discussing today. Their tagline says "So Much, So Good, So Share" .... means the food portion is HUGE ... so share your food. I couldn't really imagine how big the portion was until the food was served. And, yes .. it was enormous !!! Ok, enormous means really big, enough to feed 2 persons or more... not 15, so please don't quote me if your Fettuccine with Shrimp in Carbonara sauce can't feed your whole family.

Italiannies is very well decorated ... very Italian, I would say. Ok, I've never been to Italy ... but the setup in Italiannies reminded me of something out of The Godfather movie ... complete with plaster walls etched with wise words such as "Eat Well, Live Long ... and wooden panels, dimmed lightings and whispering waiters. Suddenly, you heard a gunshot and some men in black suit rushes out from kitchen chasing ... ok, ok ... I was hallucinating a little, my imagination ran wild.

To cut the story short, it's very Italian.


Anyway, the place was crowded ... just check out the queue. The ambience is nice ... if it's a little more quiet. You could bring your partner there for a quiet dinner for two, dimmed lighted .. some fine Italian music ... yeah, you could do that. But, please, please .. make your appointment on a weekday. Trust me.

Let's switch the scene to the food. To begin with, your will be served fresh bread or Ciabatta with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Ciabatta is an Italian white bread made with wheat flour and yeast. In Italian, ciabatta means ‘slipper’ hence the loaf is somewhat elongated, broad and flattish: of course cut when served. I can't remember if I am hungry then, but the ciabatta tasted deeeelicious! when dippied in the olive oil with balsa vinegar. As I stuffed myself with the italian bread, I almost choked ... fortunately my Strawberry Colada arrived. Ahh .... the most feminine beverage I've ever ordered... complete with a little strawberry and a slight piece of banana, perched on the rim of the glass ... don't ask ... I just need to get in touch with my sensitive side and hoping the Strawberry Colada might help.





As I was 'unchocking' myself, the waiter served the Spaghetti Meatball ... admittedly some of the 'huge'st meatballs I've even seen ... not to say I've 'seen' many. They were pretty much the size of a tennis ball ... so, go swallow on that ! Despite the 'monstrosity' .. the meatball was actually very good, meaty and juicy .. as some would comment ... and the spaghetti ... perfetto, perfectly boiled.

We continue to 'down' the balls and proceeded to the next course which was the Lasagna. Yeah, Garfield would kill to get near this next course. What better way to have your Lasagna, than to take it with seafood .... Yummy !!! The thick, smooth and creamy top is irresistable and of course ... we we all ready with our fork and knives as the waiter serve the course. And gosh ... it was quite a record time for us to relieve the Seafood Lasagna.

As we watch the waiter clear the empty Lasagna platter ... we were already quite stuffed ... not to mention some of us had this bottomless Ice Lemon Tea .. you know, the ones where you're allowed to refill your drink.


Marsala Mushroom Soup, from what I found out ... is mushroom soup with Marsala wine. Marsala is the name for a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily. You may have heard of Chicken Marsala and Mushroom Soup with Marsala .. hey, that's my first experience ... and may I say, a very good one too.


The last course for the day ... is Spaghetti & Artichoke Fomrmaggio which is Parmesan cheese blended with spinach, artichokes and mushrooms. Served with toasted homemade garlic bread. Although this course is listed under the Starters section, it's quite a serving ... considering the 7 pieces of garlic bread.

Finally, from a dear friend's blog ... I read about this special dish which is not orderable from the menu. Apprently, look for KC ... and ask for Insalata ala Ringo & Jasiminne. Sounds delicious, don't you think ? Read more here ... Cheeserland on Italiannies

Anyway ... I'd say, generally the place is cool for ambience, nice food and decently priced.

Here's what we had to pay for our last visit.

Bottomless soft drink (RM6.80)
Strawberry Colada (RM7.90)
S & R Formag\D (RM28.90)
Seafood Lasagna (RM25.90)
Spaghetti Meatball (RM29.90)
Marsala Mushroom Soup (RM11.90)

Total Bill for 6 person (RM143.70 tax inclusive)


And here's my review ....

Contact Details
Italiannies Pasta Pizza & Vino
F355/356/357, 1st Floor, Rainforest,
1 Utama, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya.
Tel : 603-77271399
Fax : 603-77103411



Ratings
OVERALL RATINGs : * * * * (Good balance of food, value and ambience)
Environment Ratings : * * * * * (Italiano ... Ciao)
Food Ratings : * * * * * (Excellente ..)
Service Ratings : * * (food may take a little while to get prepared if crowded)
Value Ratings : * * * * (Share the portion, share the bill)

Operation Details
Average Price : Slightly below RM30
Business Hrs : 11am - 12pm daily 7 days a week, kitchen closes at 10:30pm
Accepted Cards: All major credit cards

Miscellaneous Details
Halal : Yes
Dining Method : Dine-In . Takeaway
Food/Cuisine :
Ambience/Features : Italian Restaurant ala cottage
Reservations : Yes

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4 Comments:

Blogger YT said...

Yes!! the bread really nice~ expecially fresh from oven, make u ask for more!

pizza also GOOD! yummy

11/07/2006 10:57 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...

Thanks YT ... you're right. Ciabatta, as mentioned is Italian bread. And the best of all, it's free ....

11/07/2006 5:02 PM  
Blogger Meiyen said...

wow...very nice pics and review!!!!!

11/10/2006 8:41 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...

Thanks meiyen ... doing what I like to do best ... and thank you for your ideas and resources too ..

11/10/2006 3:53 PM  

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