Penang’s flourishing food scene has drawn restaurateurs from far and near, including several Italians. The gregarious Roberto Dreon, who hails from Venice, presides over Il Bacaro, which promises trattoria-style cooking that blends authentic finesse with home-cooked honesty. Try the seafood stew, pizzas and duck ravioli with butter and herbs, and chocolate desserts; the kitchen prepares much of the pastas and sauces from scratch.
Campbell House, 106 Campbell Street, George Town, Penang. Daily, 8am-11pm. Tel: +60 4-261-8290
Also conveying a taste of la dolce vita, Maurizio Ranauro’s Via Pre will make hearty eaters very happy. This cavernous restaurant is bursting with Italian hams and cheeses, alongside plenty of pastas, meats and classic desserts like tiramisu with fresh twists, with a wine list that’s roughly 90 percent Italian.
5 Weld Quay, George Town, Penang. Daily, 11am-11pm. Tel: +604-262-0560
This spotlight on George Town is part of a feature on Penang's recommended restaurants, cafes & bars - read the full feature in the November 2015 issue of Going Places, Malaysia Airlines' in-flight magazine, or on Going Places' website (link here).
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