The name Italian Tomato
reminds me of hubster and my fave paktology (dating) makan places some 14 years back. And when Italian Tomato sprung up in Jalan Maarof, we decided to try it. Well, the place wasn't like what we had in the Italian Tomato of those dating days in One Utama. This was nice and cozy. And this has a woodfire oven ~ I opened the door and could smell a light but distinct wood fire smell.
Drinks while waiting for food...Hubster had his iced cappucinno and Chocolate Shake. Suanie
started off with Diet Coke. And if took up Shah's recommendation for a Sangria
. This I have to say is one of the best Sangria that I have had. Its a blended one. Rather potent after a few glasses:D
Appetizer was Mozzarella in Carrozza. Mozzarella and anchovies sandwiched in between bread then deep-fried with tomato salsa. This is one evil appetizer that tells me that I should run more least I end up being missyfatkit rather than missyblurkit
. If this had more anchovies for a saltier kick, I would have given it a perfect 10.
The Spaghetti alla Pescatora was yummy. Mixed seafood in a spicy tomato base. Very appetizing and I was actually hoping to finish this on my own. Pasta a tad soft but its a small matter since I should have told kitchen that I liked mine al dente.
Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi was creamy and it ends there. The gnocchi lacked character. I supposed I have been rather pampered with my regular one downtown at Trattoria Cucina Italiana
. Plus not many places actually serve up proper gnocchi. The added walnuts sort of redeemed this as far as I am concerned:P
I kinda liked the Ravioli di Pesce. Each ravioli was packed densely with generous salmon and coupled with a creamy salmon sauce, it was a good meal.
Finally the pizzas from a wood fire oven arrive. Please be patient when you order wood fire pizzas.
The Pizza Salmone had quite a bit of smoked salmon under a bed of capers, onions and salad on a thin crust pizza base. Crispy pizza base with a light creamy taste to it certainly went well with the smoked salmon. Pictures has them otherwise as Suanie
styled the pizza for our picture.
authentic smoky crispy crust made better with some cheese
Pizza Chorizo was worth the wait. Again a thin crust pizza with yummy lamb sausage, grilled peppers, olives, tomatoes, mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Spicy and savoury the way I love my Chorizo pizzas. And it certainly went well with the Sangria that I was having.
Being quite a carnivore, I had to order a meat dish. Opted for the Grilled Lamb Chops. The bed of spinach was a good balance to an otherwise very meaty dish. lamb was nicely grilled and it was to an order of medium rare. Obviously after we fussed over the lamb for pictures and finished up our pizzas, it became medium well. Still acceptable since I only have myself to blame for not eating it quick enough.
A rather new restaurant (opened since 1st December 2011), it is actually not too bad. With its ample parking space, I see no reason for me to return for a meal or more. Especially since it has a brilliant Sangria.
Lot 61 Jalan Maarof
59100 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2282 222
Landmark ~ between Toyota showroom and Indian temple (before Petronas). This used to be known as Gaja.