Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vespa Pizza

Honk if you like pizzas: Vespa has scooted straight into the city center, offering a better-than-fair range of Italian specialties for dine-in, takeaway and delivery.

Everything's made fresh at this tiny outlet at Life Center, with no more than 15 seats for eating in. Deliveries are promised within an hour to locations within a few kilometers. Here's their number _ 03-2162-4333 _ so call them maybe.

A square-shaped serving of pizza, topped with tomato, mushroom, mozzarella and beef ham, costs RM8.90 and should be sufficient for a nibbler's lunch. Other varieties include ones featuring chicken, smoked salmon, prawns, clams or four cheeses.

Oven-baked focaccia, fragrant with herbs and filled with emmenthal cheese and chicken ham (RM10.90) for a warm sandwich reminiscent of panini.

For RM12.90, Vespa's take on the Caprese salad is a bargain, with crisp rocket leaves, juicy tomato slices and thick mozzarella slices (the supermarket sort, but oh well) in a surprisingly aromatic basil pesto sauce.

Piadini, thin flatbread evocative of pita, wrapped around more ham, more leaves, more cheese (RM9.90). While nothing here seems absolutely authentic, the hits among these stomach-stuffing orders can still outnumber the misses.

One of the bona fide smashes: maybe we've been deprived of lasagna for too long, but this bolognese one (RM13.90) turned out to be addictive, boasting the perfect texture and taste.

Sweet pastries are another highlight: try the "bombolone" (RM6.90), a Tuscan doughnut packed with gooey chocolate that lives up to its notoriety as a calorie bomb.

Sicilian cannoli filled with ricotta cream (RM7.90) sounds irresistible on paper, but the tube-shaped shells are hard and dry, while the cream seems a little too sourish.

Baci Di Dama (RM6.90), cute little crunchy cookies, also chock-full of chocolate.

Vespa offers wine, but only by the bottle for now, at around RM98.

Vespa Pizza,
Life Centre, Jalan Perak entrance, Kuala Lumpur.
Daily through 10pm.
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30 comments:

  1. Wuhoo! This is like 5 mins walk from my office...thanx for d heads up! :D

    Everything looks good...except d dessert tat is :P

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    1. Ulric: this is a ten-minute, ermm, drive from my office. though surprisingly, traffic on jalan pinang and jalan perak still seem very light this week :D
      heh, i liked the choc cookies, disliked the cannoli, and the doughnut thingy was a guilty pleasure =)

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    2. Haha...most probably bcose its d first week after d school hols...either everyone is busy catching up on work or they r going off early =)

      I need to sample all their pizzas, focaccias n piadinis :D

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    3. Ulric: ahh, and here i was hoping there was mass migration out of KL =) hope you enjoy all that carb-loading! :D

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  2. The ultimate question of course, is if they really deliver on Vespas! =D This seems like another perfect delivery for those lunches in office...heh

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    1. Drops of Contentment: apparently they're supposed to be getting their Vespas anytime now! but as of last week, they were still vehicle-less. their delivery guys (and gals) had to WALK to each delivery destination.
      i think some of the food here still needs some fine-tuning, but for the prices, it could be a reasonable alternative to domino's and pizza hut :D

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  3. I think the serving of the square-shaped pizza just nice for lunch, not too heavy. :P

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    1. CK: oh yeah, but i think there's a minimum order for deliveries. probably at least RM30 =)

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  4. what a coincidence! I drove past just yesterday cos I was heading to COncorde for a ramadan buffet preview. Saw this and immediately thot of u! :P
    Oven-baked focaccia, fragrant with herbs and filled with emmenthal cheese and chicken ham - my choice!

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    1. TNG: heheh, i hope the drive past was a breeze yesterday :D wow, ramadan buffet previews already! it's still more than a month away till ramadan =) good choice, i think. the salads here are also surprisingly decent for the price :D

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  5. The pizza looks... cute while the sandwich looks healthy. I have not tried cannoli before. But then again, not many places serve / sell them...

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    1. Chong: heh, part of me wishes they'd be more creative with their pizza toppings, but i guess this still works :D yeah, cannoli does feel like something unusual in KL. i wish this place served better ones though! =)

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    2. Sean...u can get ur cannoli fix at Huck's again lar :P

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    3. Ulric: oops, it's a bit confusing, since we're not used to italian words, but if i recall correctly, what huck's serves is cannelloni, not cannoli. Cannelloni = cylindrical pasta baked with a filling and covered by a sauce. Cannoli = Sicilian pastry desserts.

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  6. I actually like mini pizzas.. then I can order a few and try different flavours.

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's a good point! btw, i'm just reminded that i wanna try pizza hut's current promotion: steak-topped pizza! :D

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  7. Their pizza boxes are so cute! Not many pizza delivery places serve desserts. good to know that they offer something diff.

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    1. Smitten By Food: yeah, desserts (as well as salads) tend to be the weakest point of pizza delivery businesses. i guess everyone who orders pizza just wants to get stuffed on pizza mainly, heh (and maybe chicken wings) :D

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  8. i do agree that the tuscan doughnut is quite the calorie bomb

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    1. Michelle: yeah, i wonder if it might have been 500 calories. gulp! =)

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  9. Oooo...!! That bombolone looks like my kind of dessert. :D I can't wait for them to do delivery!

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: hopefully they'll do delivery to the suburbs for you guys who work outside the city center. or maybe they'll open a branch in bangsar and elsewhere :D

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  10. This looks like a good staircase above most pizza delivery places in the city. Can't wait to sample the sweets.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it's still a few rungs below our favorite italian restaurants in KL, but then again, we won't go broke eating here, heh :D

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  11. Vespa pizza.. how cute! are the folks who serve it good looking too? Coz there's nothing more appealing than a good looking person on a vespa, serving good pizza;)

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    1. Ciki: hahah, we'll have to keep an eye out and look out for the vespa-riding delivery folks zooming around the city soon! :D

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  12. i'll definitely call them and hopefully it arrives in a vespa. its nice to have something different delivered to the studio other than dominos. lol.

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    1. Missyblurkit: they actually seem quite efficient with their deliveries, but maybe they're not getting too many orders so far. hopefully they'll remain consistent! and yes, domino's has let me down TOO MANY TIMES! i hate waiting more than an hour for domino's to arrive and constantly getting their 'apology' coupons that force you to keep buying more pizzas! argh! :D

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  13. this is quite creative. Not too commercialised and the small pizza looks really good especially if you just want a portion for one.

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, i think it'd be a nice lunch option for office workers nearby who want to treat themselves to something savory :D

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