This evening we liked a break from all the Asian food we've been eating last weeks. It was also a celebration after a trip to mt. Kinabalu.
When we arrived it seemed quite busy. Always a good sign. We wondered if we should have made a reservation. Directly when we arrived we were attended by one of the staff members and the owner himself. The owner even welcomed us in Italian, which for me is a big plus! Very glad to see a real Italian chef/owner in an Italian restaurant over here. We had to wait for a table a couple of minutes, but that's ok with us.
We had a Caesar salad, garlic bread, pizza hawaiana and a pizza prosciutto funghi. Quality of the food was good! The salad was nicely dressed, and very tasteful, the pizza's were real Italian; crispy thin crust, not too many ingredients on it. Well done. Only tip would be a little seasoning (herbs) in the sauce. With it we had a good glass of fresh orange juice and a couple of glasses of house wine. Halas no Chianti wine per glass, only per bottle. The pace/tempo of serving was very nice. Piano piano as they say in Italy? Not too fast, which is good for conversations and socialising with each other (and with the owner in example). As a dessert we had some panacotta at the recommendation of the owner. That was a real treat!!! Wow! We even tried the owner by asking for real Italian ice cream and Limoncello, but that was not possible sadly. :p
Ambiance in the restaurant was very good. We felt welcome and relaxed. Please go to the toilet before you have dinner over here, or afterwards. The restaurant itself relies on the toilet facilities of Suria Sabah, which has no ambiance at all in my opinion. If you need to go, you get a pass at the front bar to go to the toilet without having to pay at the toilet counter.
The restaurant has two rooms. One inside, and an outside balcony/terrace. In the evening, the fanned terrace was fine for us.
Some regular guests were welcomed by the owner with hugs and kisses. Nice to see some more extravagant and more flamboyant gesturing and body language compared to Asian standards. By the way, Italian people eat here aswell. Thumbs up for me over all!
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