Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bar Italia @ Berangan

After months of anticipation, Bar Italia has finally opened, barely a two-minute stroll from Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Paolo Guiati's outlet has three levels, each offering a different setting. The ground floor is kept plain and simple, with a bar that's reminiscent of Nero Teca and a gelato freezer with lots of mouthwatering flavours to choose from.

The second level is cosier, more colourful and slightly quieter, providing a more appropriate ambience for a romantic date.

The open-air rooftop is my fave section. We adjourned here after our main courses and were fortunate that it was a cool, breezy night. Nothing like sipping wine under the starlight. The restaurant opens through 1 a.m. daily, so customers could spend hours here every evening.

The foundation of the menu is pasta, with many tantalizingly unique options. Portions are fairly hearty; we'll have to return soon for a proper dinner, since we were only here for supper and had very little stomach space left.

Complimentary appetisers of crunchy calamari.

Ziti in cream sauce with prosciutto. A rustic dish that was a tad too salty. Still worth ordering though; it's not often that we see ziti on a menu in KL.

Mezzalune of ricotta cheese with stewed rabbit. A wholesome, unpretentious dish that one might find in a Tuscan village. Rabbit meat rocks!

Baby lamb liver stew. A special that isn't on the regular menu, so ask for it! Very strong-tasting though, so it's best reserved for offal lovers only.

Nero D'Avola Vino Rosso Sicilia Tenimenti IGT 2005.

Bar Italia,
Jalan Berangan.
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  1. Finally it's opened...everyone in town has been waiting and waiting for this for the longest time ever. Hmmmm, time for a visit this weekend I reckon as I miss Paolo's cooking.

  2. interesting 3 levels, split to 3 different outings or a very very long dinner instead?

  3. Supper for two? The amount of food you guys consumed for supper is no different from a pasta dinner! Am super excited to check out the wine list! And alfresco rooftop!! *does little jig*

  4. Hi, would you have the telephone number of Bar Italia? thanks!

  5. hahah..i tot u said there's very little stomach space left??
    How are the prices?

  6. boo: dunno if paolo does much cooking; he was running around making sure everyone got served!
    joe: long supper spent wandering up and down! :D
    550ml: wished we had space to order more pastas. pennette bottarga, semolina gnocchi romano...
    karen: so sorry, i can't find the receipt!
    nomad: prices seemed pretty reasonable. can get a plate of pasta for between 25-40 ringgit...

  7. Wow, rabbit meat, have not try it before. But would love to try it some day. How does it taste like? Similar to any other meat?

  8. actually it tastes almost exactly like chicken!

  9. AnonymousJune 08, 2009

    Too much hype - the food was average and I get sick of fake hospitality by the owners.

  10. AnonymousJune 08, 2009

    I agree - waste of time - and someone had clearly been smoking dope in the bathroom - hasn't anyone told these Italians that this is a serious offence in Malaysia

  11. I don't know about you guys but the food there sucks awfully. I went there with 2 of my friends on 11th June 2009 and we had the

    Vegeterian Antipasto - RM32
    Sliced Veal in Tuna Sauce - RM30
    Pappardelle with Beef Ragout - RM34
    Orrechitte with Beef Bacon - RM32
    Baby Goat w Capsicum + Polenta - RM62
    Salted Cod - RM 54

    The Sliced Veal in Tuna Sauce was more like an awful tuna mayo concoction and tasted very much like it. Nothing to say about the Vegetarian Antipasto but suprisingly expensive for a simple rocket salad with aubergines.

    Orrechitte was supremely dry and made me remininsce the sensation of eating cardboard with bacon chips. Worse to come was the Baby Goat! It was somehow masqueraded as baby lamb but it was kambing goreng! It was so tough that we couldn't cut it, let alone eat it.

    We sent it back and Paolo had the cheek to send it back to us telling us that's how it was done! To add salt to the injury, we were presented a main course dish of salted cod that was purely inedible. Imagine eating something twice as salty as Chinese Salted Fish!

    I'm telling you all these as it seems that Bar Italia management doesn't give two hoots about hospitality and serving decent Italian food that satifies your stomach and most importantly, your wallet!

  12. hi jonathan, i can't speak on behalf of bar italia of course, and i haven't tried most of the dishes that you ordered (except for the baby goat, which was a bit charred on the outside but still moist and enjoyable overall). sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience here. it sounds quite unforgivable.

  13. Hey Sean, Our Baby goat was really something else. Sorry for having a rant about this place on your blog.

    I've explained about it more on for the blow by blow account as to why I had to say something about it.

    Feeling a lot better already now I've got it out of my system. Thanks for listening.

  14. This place sucks - it's like a morgue and the food is just terrible. I ate something resembling vomit. Horrible experience.

  15. Woah i never knew BAR ITALIA was a hotspot, no i'm not talking about it being happening, i'm talking about it being run by an asshole who puts his staff's head under a coffee machine steamer because he the staff made a mistake. Some pe...ople are just INHUMANE. So actually its a hotspot if you like watching HUMANS GET ABUSED

  16. Wow! A lot of comments since i was last here commenting on this post.
    Icame back cos I wanted to chk wht u had.. cos I wasnt very pleased with wht I got!

  17. tng: yeah, there've been complaints galore from others too! hmmm....

  18. Just went there too. The new chef seems to make very good wagyu beef cheeks!

  19. Eiling: oooh thanks for the info! It's been really too long since I last set foot into this place =)