Monday, March 5, 2012

Urbano e Fresco

One of the most welcoming establishments in Solaris Dutamas, Urbano e Fresco is a lovely lair for well-prepared Italian salads, sandwiches & pizzas.

Imported ingredients make a marked difference _ Urbano e Fresco's tagline is "A Bite of Italy," relying on sauces, oils & spreads that come from that country of gastronomic ingenuity.

Start with a salad of fresh, beautifully balanced flavors _ crisp baby spinach leaves tossed with feta cheese for lactic lusciousness, strawberries for a citric tang & almonds for a crunchy bite.

Bruschetta, topped with buttery artichokes, mushrooms, red peppers & balsamic vinegar. Handsomely presented, marvelous for Meatless Monday (that's today!).

More peppers, stuffed with green olives & anchovy fillets. Salty stuff, produced on a hillside farmhouse in Piedmont by Cascina San Giovanni, an Italian bottled food exporter whose motto is "sun & tradition preserved in a jar."

Creamy, pillow-soft panini, warmed with roast chicken strips, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, garlic basil mayo & provolone cheese. Something this tasty gives sandwiches a good name.

Customers can construct their own pizzas, going crazy with their choice of toppings. We experimented with a meat-&-fish medley (roast beef & anchovies, married with mozzarella, tomato sauce & rocket leaves), but its sodium content seemed stratospheric.

Wine will eventually be available here (as well as cooked pasta), but for now, buy a bottle at Ben's Independent Grocer & bring it here (corkage is RM30).

White Zinfandel to end the evening on a sweet, sparkling note.

Plenty of products for purchase, courtesy of Cascina San Giovanni. Note: residents of Mont Kiara & Hartamas can call up Urbano e Fresco to order food deliveries.

It's modest compared to many other Italian outlets, but its cozy setting, considerate service & comfort-cuisine selection warrant a return trip or two.

Urbano e Fresco,
D2-G3-3A, Solaris Dutamas (outside Publika), Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 1300-30-3333
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40 comments:

  1. The ingredients look wonderfully fresh!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, especially the veggies! the bread for the panini is also baked daily =)

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  2. Looks like there are more and more food outlets opening in Solaris Dutamas / Publika. As it is, there are quite a lot of restaurants and cafes there. Haha.

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    1. Chong: true, i think there might be nearly 100 eateries here by now (or there will be soon!). enough choices to keep everyone happy! :D

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  3. Briny anchovy, sour olive and sweet pepper sound heavenly. =D

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    1. Smitten By Food: my friend enjoyed the combination more than i did! :D

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  4. Whoa! I had salad of my own creation just tonight :p hehe
    But I bet the one you had in this place was a lot better! ahha mine was of whatever I had left in the fridge drawer! :p

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    1. Rad: ooh, it's been quite a number of years since i attempted to make a salad! i'd like to try one sometime ... definitely something with avocado :D

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    2. Ooh, I somehow always find it weird to have veggie salad with avocado. I mean I love the fruit as fruit :p I should try, though.

      Yes, you should make a post of your own cooking! I bet it will be all about deliciousness! I would come over to finish the foods! Ahaha :p :p *hungry*

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    3. Rad: oh ya, i think avocado is very versatile. it goes well with a lot of things: in thai curry, with japanese sushi rolls, and definitely with salads! i lurve it! :D heheh, i can't cook to save my life. maybe only instant noodles =)

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  5. I dream of a panini for lunch...

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    1. Michelle: i hope your dream became a reality! =)

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  6. It's a nice concept and I like those cute looking bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, if i had a proper kitchen at home, i'd probably buy some of their olive oil & pate! :D

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  7. Meatless Mondays? I'd rather it be Meaty Monday instead, hehe.

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    1. Kenny: i guess you'd also prefer a Fishy Friday to a Fruity Friday, you carnivore/caveman! :D

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    2. Meatless Monday? Good idea!
      I just had cranberry salad for my lunch. :D

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    3. CK: oooh, i've never tried cranberry salad before! sounds interesting! maybe if it's not Meatless Monday, can combine cranberries with smoked turkey ham for some protein :D

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    4. Bah to cranberry salads - I had me pasta with chicken. Chicken... meat... Yummy... :D

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    5. Kenny: fowl play for meatless monday! :P

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  8. You're gonna eat ur way thru Publika.. and I'm right behind ya :P

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    1. Ciki: it might be impossible to ever finish eating here! too many restaurants, such a sea of cafes! :D

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  9. d salad looks so fresh..
    Yesterday I found rockets leaves @ Ben..
    I could make pizza and put some rocket leaves on it .. kekekeke

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    1. Simple Person: that would be nice! i think rocket leaves can go well with almost any salads. they add a refreshing crunchiness & flavor :D

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  10. Meatless Monday? Kill me. -_-

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    1. Bangsar-babe: okie okie, you can have Meatful Monday! :D

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  11. When did this Meatless Monday get instituted? It doesn't sound that bad an idea actually - kinda sets you up for the other six days of utterly, no-holds barred eating! :-P

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    1. Min: you have a good point. it's tuesday now! and i suspect it'll be a Terrible Tuesday for many of us, from a dietary perspective! :D

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  12. at first glance those stuffed peppers look like coloured abalone! =D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: that's a very cool way of looking at it! :D

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  13. Wow! Another new place over there! The food looks super fresh. Shall have to give this spot a try too.

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    1. The Yum List: the paninis are the best bet at this outlet, i think, especially if you enjoy sandwiches! :D

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  14. are the spaghetti noodles sold there homemade as well? that's kinda unique to have stores selling cooked and packeted noodles..

    Latest: Penang Food Festival

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    1. Fish: oh, so far, they're not selling cooked spaghetti here yet. only uncooked spaghetti in packets. but hopefully they'll have cooked spaghetti soon! :D

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  15. I wonder .. you live to eat or eat for pleasure now ... prewty awesome job there...!!!

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    1. DCJ: heh, it can be hard work sometimes =)

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  16. Vibrant colours. How can anyone not eat their vegies when they look that vibrantly good?

    I think I'll love the idea of building our own pizza. Base looks nice and thin from your pics.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, even though I prefer meat to veggies, I can't resist a fresh-looking salad either! :D there's a nice long list of pizza toppings here, everything from avocado and eggplant to meaty fare =)

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  17. I like your pizza toppings...looks darn good and it's making me hungry now!

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    1. Pureglutton: i think next time, i'll try a topping combo of fresh basil, basil pesto, fresh garlic, fresh tomatoes & red onions! :D

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