Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spasso Milano @ Pavilion

Spasso Milano has moved from Ampang to Pavilion, looking to lure a larger crowd hankering for Italian fare on the mall's sixth floor.

The biggest surprise: the restaurant now serves pork! Nevertheless, its famed afternoon antipasti buffets should remain available, though we're not certain whether prices will be hiked.

Fileja, a doughy Calabrian delight _ handmade with durum wheat, topped with grilled pork belly & tossed in garlic, extra virgin olive oil, oregano & chili flakes. An "aglio olio" preparation, one of the most pleasing pastas we've had this year (OK, sure, it's only January).

Air-dried speck ham & smoked scamorza cheese pizza. You know how Domino's & Pizza Hut frequently promote new creations that they claim will be deliciously meaty or divinely cheesy? Spasso Milano's wood-fired wonder fulfills those descriptions.

Pork Valdostana _ escalopes topped with baked ham & fontina cheese. Warning: Spasso Milano isn't the place for healthy eating. Besides the obvious preponderance of pasta, pork & cheese, the sodium level in many of these recipes is more than perceptible.

Traditional spirits of Italy _ from grappa to limoncello _ are offered by the glass (hurray!). Allegrini Grappa Di Amarone & Limoncello, Agriarti.

Grappa Di Brunello, Banfi 2009 & Grappa Di Casalferro. They'll put hair on your chest!

Bergami, Agriarti & Liquiri, Agriarti, for a honeyed finish.

Teething troubles are evident; the service team is often diligent but occasionally dazed, resulting in the erratic delivery of dishes. It'll get better, we're confident of that.

Earlier entries on Spasso Milano @ Ampang: December 3, 2010 & December 8, 2010.

Last orders are at 10:30 pm daily. Brilliant!

Spasso Milano,
Level Six, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2148-0688
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34 comments:

  1. Yikes, porky foods hehe

    Have you met anyone who recognized you and said aren't you Sean from EDKL? I mean if I was to want to meet you I would go to a random nice restaurant! Hehehe especially a new one in town

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    1. Rad: oops, the honest answer is, yeah, that has happened a few times. but everyone's always really friendly. we'd usually just exchange a few greetings, and then we'd carry on with our meals =)

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    2. I would want a photo with you, Sean! I wouldn't just say hi :p

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    3. Rad: awwww it's very kind & sweet of you to say that =)

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    4. A photo with you would increase the traffic of my blog ;))

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  2. Will certainly try their anti-pasti buffet for lunch one day :)

    Good to hear they have begun serving pork...all meats r go :D

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, real bacon, real pork parts! it does help to make the pastas & pizzas more flavorful =)

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  3. Oh have they closed the Ampang outlet? I thought this was just an add-on to their growing business.

    Am surprised they serve pork here, since I would have thought pork-free would have appealed to a larger crowd in a shopping mall.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, the Ampang outlet is currently closed. i assume it'll remain closed. too bad though, since it was a nice location too =) and ya, i wasn't expecting to see pork on the menu at all. flipping through the pages, and suddenly noticed there were a bunch of different pork cold cuts =)

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  4. Wood-fired pizza > oven-baked pizza. Hehe. It's good to have another porky outlet in Pavilion.

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    1. Chong: oh yeah, especially since most of the italian eateries at pavilion (michelangelo's, capricciosa, the pastas at ben's and markethall) are all pork-free :D

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  5. after moving to pavilion, is there any hike in price? :)

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    1. Fish: i'm not too sure, but if there was any price increase, i think it was minimal. maybe about a 10 percent increase or so =)

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  6. I see pork and I see Italian. Perfect combination!

    The Fileja is very inviting. An aglio with pork belly goodness:D

    While my limoncello sits for another 1 week before its at least ready...I gladly hop over for my fixes. There is just something terribly addictive and refreshing.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oooh, your limoncello will be ready just in time to usher in the year of the dragon! :D

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  7. Great, an Italian porky outlet iin Pav! Certainly more convenient for me than the Ampang outlet!!

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, convenient for me too! no need to battle the long jam on jalan ampang! :D

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  8. Sodium levels more than perceptible... does this means bad new for me?

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    1. Michelle: saltier than expected, but maybe that's because we ordered a lot of dishes with smoked ham & cheese =)

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  9. Can you remember the price of the pizza or the escalope? I've always put level 6 in Pavilion as sort of off-limits because of the price up there..haha

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    1. Dropsofcontentment: yeah, prices are nearly hotel-level here. both the pizza & the escalopes cost about RM40 each (though this was the priciest pizza. there are others in the RM30 range) =)

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  10. I love Italian food .. use very basic seasoning - herbs, salt, pepper n olive oil...
    Amarone Grappa is one of the finest grappa.....

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, italian food is my favorite! so many different dishes to choose from, and all so delicious. i can never get tired of it, i think =)

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  11. Deliciously meaty or divinely cheesy? And more importantly, porky porky porky? Hooray and hurrah! The heavenly meat has arrived! :D

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    1. Kenny: porky italian restaurants make me want to squeal like a playful pig! especially since there aren't enough of them in the city these days :D

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    2. Couldn't agree more. Let's all pray for more pork, more pork, more pork! :D

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    3. Kenny: oooh, i wonder which prayer has a better shot at being answered: a prayer for pork or a prayer for rain :D

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  12. Yay for my favourite resto!! :)

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    1. Ciki: yay for italian food lovers! =)

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  13. Was Chef Felix there? the big guy? :)

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    1. Ciki: ooo, i don't know his name, but ya, there was a burly italian chef in the open kitchen, heheh =)

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  14. I can't stand grappa but I don't mind a limoncello. hurray!

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    1. Eiling: oh ya, drinking grappa almost feels like consuming paint-thinner (or maybe that's just my imagination, heheh) :D

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  15. Wonderful!! I have enjoyed Eat Drink KL..I am glad to read confidence in your content and you are also provide the best services.. Pizza Milano

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