Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Italian Food @ Buonasera, SS2, Petaling Jaya

five layers of divineness, complimentary ice cream layer cake

Meeting up with friends you rarely see is one of the sweetest things especially coupled with great food. This time round, we decided to give this Italian place a try since my friend, P had recently went for the chef's cooking class at The Cooking House. I'm glad we did as the food was the kind of homey goodness I love (and also cook at home). Company was great of course, with everyone catching up on their Italian trips (my friend MY did a tour of Italy for 2 weeks just before my trip.).

1. calamari fritti, 2. cream of pumpkin soup, 3. spicy Italian sausages

Chef Enzo who is in charge of the kitchen at this small unassuming place (you can't miss it - it's right next to the biggest duck in SS2 aka Hoppy Duck so follow the quack) adds an Italian homey feel to the food here. In fact, to be honest, his pasta dishes with the tomato sauce kinda reminds me of what I cook at home. Originally from Pizza Uno, Chef Enzo also teaches pasta and desserts classes at the Cooking House, which is where my friend met him over some intricate twisting of pasta dough to make tortellini.

1. chicken and pineapple pizza, 2. Nicole being very amused, 3. thumbs up!, 4. the "little ears" that blew us away

We had a riot here, ordering loads of dishes to share and taking forever to decide but Patrick, the nice waiter was very patient with all of us (he's quite a character too!). To start off, it was an array of appetizers to share - the calamari fritti (RM22.90) with a generous portion of rocket on the side, the insalata del casa (RM22.90), a salad with chicken bits that was quite tasty and the mussels with pasta (RM31.90). I didn't get to try much of the calamari but unlike the crispy version, this one was coated in a tomato sauce hence it was a little soggy. Nevertheless it was still very tasty. Salad was laden with chicken bits, sundried tomatoes with crisp salad leaves that we all enjoyed. Mussels were good too, a little bigger than I expected and it totally reminded me how often I want to buy a bag of Boston Bay mussels to make this simple dish with chopped garlic.

1. so good, so good - sticky date pudding with the addictive butterscotch sauce, 2. be still my beating heart!, 3. tiramisu under the watchful eye of the paparazzi

Soups were also ordered, we all loved the cream of pumpkin (RM9.90) vs the 3 mushroom soup (RM9.90) for its subtle and creamy taste. Somehow the mushroom soup lacked much oomph for us and we preferred the chunky version you get in delicious instead. The kids had a large chicken and pineapple pizza (RM29.90) to share. I didn't get to taste that since the guys and the kids polished it off but it looked good from afar. Sausages were also ordered by D and lucky fella, his order got messed up hence they gave him 2 types - a spicy Italian sausage and German bratwurst. We all preferred the spicy one vs the more bland tasting but juicier bratwurst.

We all had various pastas - a spicy penne amatriciana (RM26.90), a linguini pork pasta using bits of Sakura pork (RM26.90), linguini carbonara (RM26.90) and everyone's favourite, the orecchiette with tomato sauce, eggplant, spinach with ricotta cheese (sorry no price, as they lumped the 2 open food prices together!). The orecchiette, which is also known as "little ears" went so well with the vegetable combination that we were all asking to share my friend's pasta. The next time I go, this will definitely be my order here!

Despite how much we ate for appetizers and mains, we still found room for desserts (!) after some persuasion from Patrick. Luckily we did, as we totally enjoyed the sweet treats. Tiramisu (RM14.90) came served in a martini glass and got all the camera action but I thought it wasn't too fantastic as we totally preferred the sticky date pudding (RM14.90). Served with an addictively good butterscotch sauce (Nicholas, kept ladling it into his gelato, RM13.80 for 2 scoops and beaming happily!), we all couldn't help digging into the pudding. Last but not least we were given a free slice of the ice cream layer cake - Splashie Boy loves this as it was a great combination of creamy gelato with an icy tart strawberry layer on top.

Do drop by for italian home cooking (just don't expect any bells and whistles here) like any Italian nonna would cook for their doting grandchildren. They also serve main meals like lamb shank and roast pork (they use Sakura pork). Enzo also takes people to Italy for gourmet tours hence, if you are interested in discovering his country, you can also enquire at the restaurant. Classes to learn how to make pasta and the desserts served here can be found at The Cooking House, Desa Sri Hartamas. More pixs are found in my Flickr set.

42, Jalan SS 2/66
Petaling Jaya

Tel No: 03-7877 8586

(Non Halal. Restaurant is the same row as Nam Heong, Lorong Seratus Tahun and Hoppy Duck. Open for lunch and dinner daily.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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Sean said...

hey, we missed bumping into each other! i was here for dinner on wednesday last week (and was gonna post my review tomorrow!).
we didn't manage to have any pizza, since they only serve pizzas on fridays and saturdays (maybe sundays too, i can't recall). we ordered mostly different stuff from you guys, but the orecchiette was our favourite pasta too. and can i whine that even though we ordered nearly as much as you guys, we didn't get any complimentary cake. heheh. :D

boo_licious said...

Sean - ah, no wonder we had pizza as we went on a Sunday nite. They gave us cake for my birthday and extra sausages as they messed up our order. Wow, you had so much food, think it was 6 adults and 2 kids demolishing all that food! I love the "little ears", have some at home too that I need to cook up for dinner.

J2Kfm said...

then its on the same row with loong seng dimsum as well?

ok, noted. thanks for the review. cz i've always wondered what to have for dinner in SS2, as I only patronized SS2 Murni most of the time. =P

Jean said...

today I'll be around that area during dinner hour..Maybe I should pay them a visit and try out the pizza! It looks tasty!

thule a.k.a leo said...

hmmmm... I must be blind coz never notice this place before. I went to Hoppy and Lorong Seratus Tahun but failed to spot this Italian restaurant... maybe it's time to get myself a pair of spectacles... hahaha
After all, I'm short-sighted but still refusing to wear one

minchow said...

I heard about this place recently, a friend was absolutely raving about it and said for me to get there before it started getting crowded with food bloggers and the likes, hehe. Looks like a winner, I am going to try and out-order Sean to get some free cake. Happy Belated Birthday Boo!

eiling lim said...

you're right. the tiramisu is so so only.

Ciki said...

home cooked is always good! i haven't bumped into you for a long time as well:(

Ted Torrence said...

Nice ... Yummilicious.

I am a self-professed Food Artist. I love to fusionize food, my latest creation is "Phoenix Clawing On The Rockies" (actually fried chicken feet with a 'mountainful' of mashed potato laced with my specialty sauce a la chop suey .. garnished with fresh cilantro and ginger floss.

Anyway, what do you think of the deteriorating standard of English in Malaysia?

Even DAP also wouldn't want our kids to master English, how?

PureGlutton said...

Wow...that was a lot of food u had there! When i feel like having italian food, this will be the place to head to, even though parking is horrendous in that area!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

The kids are so kewt!! I love seeing happy children... =D

KY said...

Ah, I still remember the taste of bacon and parma ham I had there..

Leonard Loh said...

I love the way the spices are sprinkled on top of the food. Esp on the pizza

Cindy Khor said...

looks absolutely delicious, and your kids seems to enjoy it. the pizza looks fab.

boo_licious said...

j2kfm - but there's loads to eat in ss2, one never can starve there.

Jean - pizza only available friday, sat and sunday though!

Leo - don't worry, I also forgot abt this place too.

550ml - well, it's an old established place so the floggers have been here and done it again based on the reviews I found.

eiling - yeah, some hits and misses here and also depending on the mood of the chef, I reckon.

ciki - we shld be bumping into each other tnite, Friday and Sat, rite?

Thxs Mr. X - terrible abt the English std. Still remember how horrendous first class local uni grads' english is.

PG - loads of us hence there was a truckload of food.

Bangsar-babe - we call them the two nicks and they're sweeties.

KY - LOL! Time to revisit with Melissa?

Leonard and Cindy - only available during weekends though and they're my friend's kids! Adorable aren't they?

Liyana Hanim said...

funny thing,I met chef enzo while looking for a laptop 3 years ago at summit usj..
his friend owns a pc shop & he was there,introduce himself as a chef &my parents told him that I love to cook,we talked & he told me that he was about to open a restaurant & gave the add along with his full name in case i ever go there...such a nice guy!

but i never did, cos' i lost the paper..haha..glad that he's doing well!

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Unknown said...

The orecchiette pasta is the same price as the spaghetti with mussels priced at RM31.90. They only have it on specials tho.

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