Bravo to Pizza Brava for cultivating a loyal following among fans of Italian food in Sri Hartamas; we wish the restaurant would be more adventurous in its wide-ranging menu, but playing it safe hasn't hurt its business.
Extremely few risks are evident in the wood-fire pizza selection; nearly two dozen varieties are available, laden with toppings like beef pepperoni, chicken sausage, tuna & mushrooms. Still, can't criticize this meat-free Margherita with rocket, cherry tomatoes & parmesan cheese. RM18 for a 10-inch pizza, before taxes.
The 18-item pasta menu also focuses on the classics like spaghetti with beef meatballs, tomatoes & herbs (RM18). Not quite as al dente as the menu promises, but still easily edible.
Starters include well-executed deep-fried breaded mozzarella cheese (RM12) in Naples' pizzaiola sauce of tomatoes, olives, garlic & herbs. Simple satisfaction.
A reasonable range of wine is available, though other liquor & cocktails are not.
Service is OK but not particularly focused or friendly; on a recent Sunday, we weren't sure whether Pizza Brava's owners were around, but their employees mainly looked like they were rather anxious to close for the night.
On a positive note, Pizza Brava looks very nice, one of Sri Hartamas' more beautiful eateries.
Maybe a list of weekly specials could spark a little more excitement. But all things considered, it's not a bad destination, depending on what customers are looking for.
18, Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily, 11am-11pm