Italiannies in KL has become synonymous with good Italian food, in portions that are very suitable for sharing! But sadly many KL-ites can only think of normal pizzas and pasta when asked to name different types of Italian food. So to address this, Italiannies launched a culinary discovery of Italian cuisine. This exploration has resulted in the Taste of Milan menu, showcasing a few dishes that incorporate some common ingredients found in the region. Also interesting is the fact that traditional Milanese cooking generally incorporates touches of yellow, which means that ingredients like saffron, butter and lemons are used.
And thanks to the kind people at Chaswood, we were given the opportunity to sample this promotional menu at the Italiannies in Empire Shopping Gallery. The outlet there is very big, with an outside balcony area for smokers and a live band that plays on Friday nights!
The Taste of Milan menu is actually quite simple, consisting of 1 starter, 3 mains, and 1 dessert. The starter is the Funghi Gratinati con Crema di Polenta (RM 22.90). We thought this was not bad, although perhaps a little bit dry. The special part of this dish is the golden bed of cornmeal or polenta, which replaces the usually ever-present baked cheese.
The porcini and button mushrooms hidden under the polenta are also very nice and juicy, since it's all made when ordered. I wasn't sold on the combination of bread and the corn, but individually it tasted nice! :D
And if you thought Italians don't know a thing about beef, think again! 1 of the 3 mains is the Constole di Manzo Glassata (RM 49.90) or simply, honey and mustard glazed short ribs. One look at these ribs will tell you there's no way one person can finish this portion! But though the ribs are so huge, the meat is extremely soft and falls apart easily. We attribute this to the 5 hours average cooking time that these ribs have to go through!
On the flip side, we did find this a bit dry towards the end, so eat it fast before it gets cold (read: spend less time taking pictures). Also the flavour of honey and mustard is only slight, but still noticeable, so don't worry about getting mustard up your nose. =D
Perhaps the most unique main out of the 3 is the Ossobuco d'Agnello (RM 52.90). It's clear a lot of thought went into this, and we're not just talking about the mashed sweet potatoes, which are very awesome BTW! I'm not a fan of sweet potato, but this mash was very nice and smooth, tempting me to take another spoonful...and another...and another.....
But besides the mashed potato, the lamb itself is worthy of praise, as it's tender and falls off the bone. There's plenty of flavour too, since it's infused with a host of tropical citrus and herb, like apple, oranges, lemons and even sage for a bit of a tangy taste.
The lamb might be the most unique, but the favourite amongst customers is the Risotto con Pesce Bianco (RM 23.90), that has sea bass in the rice. Again, I'm normally not one to put risotto as my first choice at an Italian joint, usually because I find it very mushy soft. But to my surprise this risotto was looser and firmer, and not as clumpy! Later we discovered it was because the rice is only cooked up to about 50%, instead of the usual 80. That gives the rice a bit of a better bite, in our opinion.
And while risottos are usually quite wet or soupy, all 'wetness' in this dish is purely from the broth of the fresh sea bass, added with a dash of garlic. So when you try this and you wonder if the awesome taste is too good to be true, it isn't! you are truly enjoying the unadulterated taste of fish. =D
Last but not least, on the Taste of Milan menu is the Crostata di Mele con Crema di Mascarpone (RM 16.90), or just simply, Apple Pie! It's undoubtedly a simple recipe, with no surprises in between. My favourite part was the mascarpone cheese with lemon on top of the pie. My only wish was if there could have been more of it! The pie itself spares no expense, with chunks of apple peeking out once you dig a fork in. Wendy didn't fancy it as much because this Italian version holds no cinnamon, much unlike the American ones we're used to. All a matter of preference.
|Really good grape smoothie! Never had one of these before...|
So if you haven't been to Italiannies in awhile, now is your time to go! As if good food wasn't a reason enough, they are also running a competition that will send one lucky winner to Italy itself! Just order any of the above Passport to Italy mains and receive 2 contest forms to be in the running. You'll also receive 1 contest for every RM 50 you spend on their usual a'la carte menu. Versace perfumes are up for grabs for the weekly winners, but more importantly, one of the weekly winners will then be selected to be the grand prize winner... of a trip of Italy for two! It's that easy. Hurry though, because the promotion ends 15th April 2013 15. Yes, we know that doesn't give you much time. But hey, there are at least 3 meals in a day right? =D
If you read about it here and end up winning the grand prize... do remember to buy us a souvenir or two from Italy, okay? =P
Participating outlets for this promotion:
The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley
Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya
Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya
Gurney Paragon, Penang
G16, Empire Shopping Gallery,
Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya,
Tel : +6 03 5637 7259
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm