Sapore is Italian for flavour, & chef Fabio strives to pack plenty of that into this new casual destination for Italian & Spanish cooking - start with the 'nduja bruschetta, warm & crisp from the oven, spread with soft, spicy-savoury pork salumi (RM15). Then check out the cheese board selection - everything from Italian taleggio (RM14), Parmigiano-Reggiano, asiago & pecorino sardo to Spanish Pena Santa blue, queso de cabra & manchego.
It's not very often we see lardo di colonnata (RM18) at KL's restaurants, so it's worth ordering it here - luscious fatback strips, akin to a cross between butter & cheese, a melt-in-the-mouth companion for bread. The rest of the menu hopscotches between Spain & Italy, from Luciana-style tapas of baby octopus with olives (RM22) to rigatoni with very tender stewed pork ribs in tomato sauce (RM38). The best bet for dessert is the tiramisu, spiked with Angostura five-year-old rum (RM20).
18 Persiaran Ampang, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 2pm-1130pm. Tel: 03-4266-6362
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