Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trattoria Il Porcellino

Now that Il Lido has gone pork-free & Chiaroscuro is plain gone, here's where can we go hog-wild with Italian cuisine in the city center.

Not the typical bruschetta: one topped with pork lard & walnuts, the other with minced pork & emmental cheese. A fabulously flavorful introduction to Trattoria Il Porcellino, a pork-filled, vastly superior offshoot of Jalan P. Ramlee's pork-free Trattoria Cucina Italia.

Tomino cheese wrapped in speck bacon. Soft, oven-baked cheese with smoky, salt-cured bacon: a hookup that's sinful but sensational.

Porchetta ham, described as "the product of a pig that's gutted, deboned, arranged in layers of meat, fat & skin, then rolled, spitted & roasted over wood." Sounds tediously elaborate, but the result tastes more satisfying than supermarket ham.

Crisp-skin suckling pig ribs stuffed with cheese & ham. A bane for girth control; too fatty & greasy for our liking, but still a rather unique recipe.

Atomica Pizza, topped with spreadable pork sausage, tomato & mozzarella. A fine change from other pizzas topped with ordinary sausage slices. This has mushy, spicy sausage meat spread across its surface, providing a pleasurable pungency to every bite.

Ruffino, Aziano Chianti Classico DOCG (Toscana). All in all, there's much to recommend about Trattoria Il Porcellino, a rare Italian outlet that has a predominantly female staff, including the heads of both its kitchen & service team.

Trattoria Il Porcellino,
Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur.
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22 comments:

  1. Very porky place. Though this place would never pass as a trattoria in Italy... too modern looking :P

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  2. Whoa!
    Is the pizza woodfire? And no pastas fr ur dinner?

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  3. U just drop d atomic...oops...Atomica Pizza on me...I love d concept of meat with every bite :D

    D porchetta ham sounds smackaliciously good...wat r the prices like anyways? :)

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  4. Baby sumo: yeah, though it has a cheerful, lively atmosphere that I quite like! And I think the head of the service team could be Italian :D
    Rebecca: not too sure about whether the pizza is woodfire (I think we were too tipsy by then to take note, heheh). Pastas? Coming soon! =)
    Ulric: I lurve meaty pizzas too. Once upon a time, domino's Meatzza pizza might have been my fave! Prices are high but fair; the pizza's slightly over RM35, the porchetta is the costliest, around RM50...

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  5. Then u shud try Sarpino's Ultimate Double Meat gourmet pizza here:

    http://www.sarpinos.my/menuGourmet.html

    Of cos there's only beefyness in it...no porkyness :(

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  6. Bruschetta topped with pork lard & walnuts? Oh I think Devil and I have found our new home!! :D

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  7. Girth control - brilliant phrase! Where do you rate the pizza on the scale of porky pizzas?

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  8. michelle: that might actually be a nice motto for a restaurant someday (or even a name) :D
    ulric: heheh, a combo of beef pepperoni & beef meatballs sounds meaty enough for me. hope it's generously topped!

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  9. kenny: the devil might also be pleased to hear what's in the risotto here: speck bacon & porcini mushrooms! :D
    hungry female: it was a very flavorful pizza, and i liked how the sausage meat was not only savory but also slightly spicy. they've also got a plain pizza here topped simply with lard & rosemary, and another one with parma ham & rocket salad =)

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  10. looks like a good location for some good porky delights and italian wine. the sight of the cheese oozing out is so tempting.

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  11. eiling: yeah ... pork, cheese and wine: great ingredients to combine for an excellent dinner! :D

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  12. One bruschetta with pork lard & walnuts please! :P

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  13. ckiong: only a 10-minute drive from your office! maybe even closer compared to pavilion, heheh :D

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  14. this is place is seriously porky and yummy. A walk past this place has my stomach growling everytime.

    a different take from their pork free branch Trattoria Cucina Italiana in Rohas Perkasa.

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  15. missyblurkit: heheh, especially since they have so many alfresco tables, and you can see all the delicious food that everyone is eating. i'm a fan of this one already! :D

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  16. I just can not resist the sight of a good pizza or bruschetta - mm , they are a weakness of mine!

    Storage London

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  17. Niki: comfort food = carbs at their best :D

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  18. it is really mouth-watering just by reading ur post^^

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  19. Xjion: hope u manage to try it really soon =)

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  20. Do you have magazine of your foodtrips or just blogs? Its a good help for tourist in kl. More power!

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  21. Quekky: just this blog. But thanks for the feedback, am glad u find it useful =)

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