Monday, January 4, 2016

a'Roma Dinings @ Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya

Dine in the shadow of the Colosseum (sort of): a'Roma Dinings brings the cooking of Sicilian-born chef Sergio E Viscuso to Taman Paramount, an unexpected entry on a street recognised for Chinese prawn mee, chee cheong fun & fish head noodles.

Chef Sergio makes his own fresh pastas, bolstered with hearty, robust sauces; specialities include Bucatini Amatriciana (RM43), a thick pasta prepared with an adherence to authentic traditions, with pancetta-like cured pork cheek in deep-dimensioned tomato sauce. The kitchen obliges customisation: We asked for a'Roma's signature curly pappardelle to be topped with Parma ham (RM51), producing a playfully textured combo. Speaking of textures, ask for your pasta to be cooked al dente if you favour it that way; Chef Sergio appears to cater to local patrons whom he believes prefer a slightly softer bite.

A'Roma's kitchen-produced, well-seasoned pork sausages (RM43) are very rustic, offering a chew that's simultaneously coarse & succulent, with a mouthfeel of real meat interspersed with gristle & fat. Bread here is also house-baked, while dips are concocted by Chef Sergio & his team, illustrating their attention to detail & quality. And finally, there's wine in Paramount: Glasses of Italian Torresella Merlot & Frescobaldi Remole Toscana Rosso start at RM20 during happy hours, RM25 thereafter.

a'Roma Dinings
 1 & 2, Jalan 20/14, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.  Tel: 03-7865-9829
Daily, 1030am-1230am, with kitchen break between lunch & dinner. Last orders at 1030pm.


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18 comments:

  1. Sicilian cooking rocks! I totally gotta try this! :D

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    1. Ciki: yay for the sicilians! :D

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  2. Wow.. Never expect an Italian restaurant in Taman Paramount

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    1. Leo: yeah, i was surprised too ... always happy to see a full-fledged italian restaurant ... especially with wine available (also not easy to find in Paramount, heh) :D

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  3. I'd prefer my pasta al-dente but my parents would think otherwise.

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    1. Ken: yeah, there's definitely a gap between the people who like it either way :D

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  4. I know Parma Ham as Prosciutto, which is an expensive and delicious Italian delicacy! :)

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    1. Linda: i like it on top of pizzas! :)

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  5. I had the same issue with al dente pasta in my blog post today. So, I'm kind of surprised to see even chef Sergio tweaking his pasta to suit local tastes! >.< I think he should have cooked it the way it should be cooked.

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    1. Contact: ooo, i guess it's a tricky balance to strike ... chef sergio has been in kl for years, and i think he's encountered many customers who don't like al dente, so it may seem necessary to adapt to what the majority wants, especially in some parts of pj. that said, the pasta was slightly less than al dente for our liking, but it was still enjoyable and not intolerably soft, heh :)

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  6. I look forward to trying this out. But the pasta looks overcooked :(

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    1. Suanie: yeah, it was a bit over for me too ... hopefully the solution would be to inform the server while you're ordering that you'd like it al dente :)

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  7. Well, with myburgerlabs, awesome canteen, and shokudo I guess this place is slowly transforming. Please keep the duck rice put tho!

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    1. KY: oh yes, loong foong! :D

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  8. We haven't had Italian food for quite sometime, this place sounds good.
    Hmmm no dessert? Hehehe.

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    1. CK: yeah, there are not a lot of italian restaurants opening nowadays ... heheh, we were too full after the pastas :D

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  9. That reminds me of the Coliseum along Tunku Abdul Rahman, nothing Italian there though - good ol' British colonial. Still going strong? I heard they've a branch some place else, right?

    Oooooo...real tablecloth!!! A class above the rest!!!

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    1. Suituapui: oh yes, that coliseum has spun off a couple of outlets in petaling jaya and mid valley ... i haven't been back in a long time though :) heh, you do like tablecloths! :)

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