Saturday, October 05, 2013

ITALIAN INSPIRATIONS the Italian tipple it's named after, the eatery aims to keeps foodies' spirits up
I have never set foot in Italy before but I've seen enough of its streets and piazzas on TV's travel shows. Whether one is in Rome, Venice or Milan, the key visitor hot spots are dotted with cafes that spill tables and chairs onto the sidewalks. These crowd-pulling eateries are well-patronised at all hours as people stop for coffee, delicious bistro food or copious glasses of wine.

Now tucked away in a lush, secluded corner of KLCC that look out to the fountain and park area is Limoncello - a casual Italian bistro that aims to evoke a similar feel just like its Italian counterparts. The outlet's specialities is designed to transport you there too ...think of it as a culinary journey of sorts on a plate or two or three.
Stimulating on the tastebuds...air-dried beef with cherry tomatoes & rocket salad
I have always found Italian antipasti or appetisers easy on the palate and aptly whet the appetite for more substantial fare to follow. Our curtain-raisers include gossamer-thin Carpaccio Di Bresaola (air-dried beef on rocket with cherry tomatoes and  parmesan flakes, RM32.80) and hearty Melanzane Alla Parmigiana (baked eggplant layered with tomato, mozzarella and parmesan RM24.80) are customary staples that help to warm hearts and loosen tongues amidst glasses of good wine.
Messy goodness to melt your heart
But I predict the Antipasti Misti (deep-fried morsels of calamari, meatballs and mozzarella enrobed in crisp breadcrumb crust, RM28.80) would be the surefire hit with locals.
Clever play of textures & flavours in one dish
For the harried time-poor white collar crowd, the Club Svago (RM32.80) is a reliable quick-fix lunch that shouldn't leave you dozing off after you eat it. Wholesome but superbly scrumptious, it's a hefty sandwich that has grilled chicken fillet piled with fresh vegetables, fried egg, tomato, lettuce and oregano.
Classic favourite that can do no wrong
Another speedy but delish option is Ravioli Di Mazo (RM28.80), deeply rustic albeit flavourful homemade beef ravioli in sundried tomato sauce.
Italian wontons to delight you
Limoncello is also a great place for oven-fresh pizzas. We tried two - Diavola Wood-Fired Pizza (RM28.80) that boasts beef salami, basil, parmesan, mozzarella, tomato, black olives and fresh chilli toppings and Portofino Wood-Fired Pizza (RM32.80) which features a satisfying combination of prawns, cherry tomatoes, rocket, basil, tomato and mozzarella.
Pizza perfect...salami, olives, cheese and other goodies on a crisp crust
Colour your pizza beautiful...absolute deliciousness
The unexpected show-stealer here though is Filetto Di Pesce All’arancio (RM34.80), pan-seared fish fillet in enticingly light orange sauce with rosemary potatoes and buttered vegetables. Tender, sweet yet ethereally light on the palate, we nearly licked the plate clean for this.
Get hooked on this fish dish
Whether you're a black sheep or a docile member of the flock, the indulgently rich Stinco Di Agnello Brasato (RM68.80) will be an irresistible heavyweight contender in your books. Slow-cooked to fork-tender perfection, the lamb shank on truffle mash potato will bring out the carnivore in you.
Simply shank-sational
Dolci (dessert) to square off your outing here includes Botta Di Banana (RM18.80)
pancake smothered in creamy nutty chocolate and topped with banana and cream, and Crostata Al Limone (RM16.80), a tantalising, citrusy lemon tart served with fior di latte gelato. In Italian, fior di latte means "flower of milk"; the creme de la creme of milk if you will - a distinct fresh, milky flavor that lets you discern if the gelato is up to mark or not.
Sweet tart of mine - yums
Go bananas over these crepes

Limoncello Bistro & Bar, G45B/136, Ground Level, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2163-3188


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