Returning to Strato for more mouthwatering Italian marvels. Earlier entry on Strato: Feb. 18.
A revised 'vitello tonnato' illustrates how Strato carves out distinctive recipes; this comprises brine-cured rare beef instead of veal, with not only tuna-anchovy sauce & deep-fried capers but chopped raisins too, for an interesting sweet-savoriness.
Salads seldom seem as satisfying as this big bowl of chunky-crunchy bread, pickled anchovies & parmesan (RM25++), currently the cheapest choice on Strato's menu.
Lovely interpretation of the Caprese salad (RM45++), with creamy buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes roasted on the vine, pickled cherry tomatoes, pesto & lemon cream.
Sausage, fennel, caramelized onions & stewed mushrooms. Rustic roots for a recipe to relish.
Gotta get gnocchi (RM45++), fairly fluffy ones, filled out on this ethereally pale plate with gorgonzola & pickled walnuts.
Squid ink linguine with prawns, artichoke cream & fried artichokes. Pasta perfection.
Vegetarians might have a field day at Strato: Meatless selections include the garganelli with tomatoes, basil, rocket, roast onions & toasted pine nuts (RM45++) ...
... & the pappardelle with pure tomato bolognese, as fresh as we could conceivably want it.
Desserts are limited here but no less enticing: Try the banana-coffee tiramisu (RM25++) ...
... or the rice pudding (RM30++), accompanied by a trio of nutty-fruity-honeyed trimmings.
All in all, Strato makes an excellent companion restaurant to Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining.
Strato Italian Restaurant,
Level 23A, Troika Sky Dining,
The Troika, Persiaran KLCC, Lorong Binjai, Kuala Lumpur.