Flavoured Italian Soda (By San Pellegrino) – orange and lemon flavours – 9.80RM
Smoked Salmon Torta Served with Mesclun Salad 28RM
Pantesca with Salmon – Garden leaves, Potato, Cherry Tomato, Caper, Olives, Onion & Basil, Tossed in Oregano Balsamic Vinaigrette 29.80RM
Margarita Wood-Fired Pizza – Tomato, Mozzarella
Al Pesto with Prima Felija Pasta – Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pine Nut, Parmesan & Pecorino 32RM
Napolitana with Italian Sausage and Eliche Prima Pasta with Simple tomato sauce 32RM
Scamorza Affumicata & Speck – Smoked Scamorza Cheese, Smoked & Air-dried Ham 42RM
Braised Lamb Shank – Slow braised in Red Wine & Mixed Vegetable, Served on Soft Polenta 68RM
Pork Valdostana – Pork Escalope topped with baked Ham and Fontina Cheese 38RM
Pastas for sale
Risotto Alla Milanese – Simple, classic Risotto flavored with Saffron 32RM
San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana Igt 180RM Barberra D’alba Doc 2008/09 168RM
Strawberry Martini – Fresh Strawberries & Cream drizzled with 20 year old Balsamic Vinegar – not on the menu – ask for this speciality
Panna Cotta – Fresh Cream Pudding, Mixed Berry Coulis 14.80RM
Millefoglie With Mascarpone Cream 16.80RM
Tiramisu – Espresso soaked Savoiardi Biscuit & Mascarpone Cream 18.80RM
Chic, contemporary and casual, Spasso Milano, newly relocated to the 6th floor of Pavilion, has brought an extra zing of style and felicity to the floor. Stylish open dining and bar areas, a glass walled kitchen and transparent wine cellar beckon shoppers to take a break and relax with some fine food and refreshments. With Italian Chef Felice, Italian Manager Angelo and Italian expats sipping espresso at the long sleek bar you might be forgiven for questioning as to whether you’re actually in Malaysia. Then, out comes the food with real pork and a drinks menu filled with easy drinking Italian wines, limoncello and grappa, and you might again think twice about your actual locale. Described as value for money, your wallet will leave a little lighter and your tummy a lot heavier. In addition, fitting in perfectly with the milieu, their retail concept offering beverages, pastas, cold cuts and cheese, allows you to take a bite of the motherland home with you.
My personal philosophy though, is why take it home when you can have a real Italian chef prepare it for you. Some food highlights from our recent visit: Smoked Salmon Torta with Mesclun – light puffy layers of moist pastry encasing a savoury egg and salmon filling; Risotto Alla Milanese – a classically simple dish with few ingredients allowing the saffron and parmesan to bloom to full flavour; Al Pesto with Prima Felija Pasta – pasta perfectly al dente and the pesto fresh with rich herbs and pine nuts; Scamorza Affumicata & Speck – delectably redolent of smoked cheese and ham – a must order; and the Pork Valdostana – pork topped with baked ham and Fontina cheese celebrating the empyrean pairing of pig and dairy.
Our quaffing picks for the night were pleasantly successful too. The menu showcases an assortment of regional Italian wines perfect for enjoyment on their own or with dinner. Taking advisement from the owner, we began with an elegant San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana Igt, Tuscany Banfi 2010, a resonant, clean and fruity wine ideal for light fare. We ended very happily with a valorous Barberra D’alba Doc, Pio Cesare, Piedmont, 2008/09, strong, yet symphonious, with hints of plum, spice, blackberry and toasted tobacco. I’m told this will age quite well, although, for some reason, wine in my house just doesn’t ever get the chance to reach maturity.
Spasso Milano makes for a reviving break from the crowds, and once settled, you may just decide to skip shopping altogether and take roost for the remains of the day.
Lot 6.44.00 & 6.45.00 Level 6 Pavilion
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
+6 03 2148 0688