this place’s appearance is really nondescript. it’s easy to walk by without giving it a second glance or thought. and that’s what i did, only to be attracted by the food pics gracing the glass facade. i even thought that this place was new, only to find out it’s been operating since 2005. the inside decor is equally simple, with plenty of wine bottles scattered around.
but then, we should never judge a book by its cover. it’s how the food tastes that matter. the chef states that no MSG is used in his cooking and sauces, olives & tomatoes are imported from italy/spain. we were first tended to by a foreign worker who spoke only a smattering of english. but later, one of the owners, Louise, a lady from hong kong attended to us and she definitely made a better impression on us with her recommendations.
started off with the fried calamari at RM19.90 a portion. served with leafy salad tossed in balsamic vinegar, wedge of lemon and a nice blob of tartare sauce. the batter was quite fluffy.
ordered the homemade Italian Pork Sausages (RM29.90) atop a bed of mashed potatoes and topped with sauteed onions and bell peppers and a side serving of tossed salad. the pork sausages were herby and had hint of chilli. ah, reminds me of the succulent herb sausages i used to have during my good olde days in UK. this was a big hit amongst our makan group.
also had the Roasted Pork (RM43.90) which was served in the same manner as the pork sausages, with the exception of the mash being served on the side. the mash was really good, creamy with some chunky potato bits in it. another firm favourite. despite the pork being thinly sliced, it tasted really dry in texture. but it was dripping with olive oil on the outside. it was a bit disappointing.
what’s an italian restaurant review without pasta? we ordered the “Putanesca Pasta” (which means Harlot’s pasta! only found out after the meal 😛 ) and it was essentially pasta with anchovies, olives, pork bacon, red bell peppers and tomatoes. we opted for spaghetti as linguine (our first choice) wasn’t available. despite not being a tomato base pasta lover, i quite enjoyed this even. maybe it was the saltiness of the anchovies and pork bacon that cinched it. At RM36.90 per serving.
by now we were about 80% full but Louise recommended the sticky date pudding (RM15.90) highly and we relented. she then recommended us the Tiramisu (RM14.90) to share & try. i started to protest but my colleague agreed and soon we found ourselves digging into 2 desserts! i preferred the sticky date pudding more as it was nicely warmed and moist. the silky, cream sauce and ice cream complimented it perfectly. the tiramisu was just so-so in my opinion.
overall, service and ambience could do better considering the pricey meal. but food is rather authentic and i enjoyed browsing the food magazines and cookbooks available.
Buonasera Restoran Sdn Bhd
42, Jalan SS2/66,
47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03 7877 8586