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Best Italian Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

Italian food is a love of ours and we’re fortunate that there are quite a number of great Italian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. From family friendly to upscale and romantic, there are a solid number of choices. Wood-fired pizza, hand-made pasta, meticulous care of ingredients and, in general, a passion for sharing authentic Italian food in Kuala Lumpur tie them all together. Here are some of our favourite finds (in no particular order) in our list of:

Best Italian Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

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Passione Ristorante Italiano

When chef Stefano Criber talks about food from his home of Abruzzo, his eyes literally sparkle. This same passion is found in his home-style recipes with pasta made from scratch, crusty pizzas and slow-cooked meats all highlights.

Passione Ristorante Italiano, Italian Restaurant Sri Petaling
Homemade Macaroni at Passione – Best Italian Restaurants Kuala Lumpur

Luce Osteria Contemporanea

When I first published this list of Italian restaurants in KL, many of you cried with outrage that Luce Osteria Contemporanea had not been included. Well, we returned and found not only over 50 types of pizzas (that you all so forthrightly declared as the best in the city) but a solid menu of other recipes worth visiting for too such as their antipasti and grilled meat platters.

Luce Osteria Contemporanea
Pizza Sole at Luce Osteria Contemporanea – Best Italian Restaurants Kuala Lumpur

The Italian Market (TIM)

Another restaurant that you quickly informed me was missing is The Italian Market, fondly known as TIM, in Changkat Bukit Bintang. It ticks all the boxes for rustic Italian food made with love but also sports an upbeat buzzing atmosphere with small plates and drinks perfect pickings for watching the colourful crowds roam this energetic street.

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Carbonara at The Italian Market

Sassorosso

The big sister of The Italian Market, Sassorosso is one of the most respected Italian restaurants in the city. Run by veteran chef and restauranteur, Giovanni Koromilas, the menu is a well-trusted compilation where you can’t go wrong with anything you order. I also challenge you to find a better Italian wine list anywhere in the city.

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Ricotta and Cod Fish Ravioli at Sassorosso

Grano Pasta Bar

Simple menus are often the best and Grano Pasta Bar keeps its focus with a quality selection of house-made pasta. You’ll want to go with an appetite to satisfy all of those carb cravings but do be sure to save room for dessert; their sourdoughnuts are something special.

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Grano Pasta Bar APW

Proof Pizza + Wine

Right next door to Grano is the pizza oven of the kitchen. Chewy, crusty pizzas are a highlight as is a very competent wine menu.

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Proof + Wine

Vineria IT

Vineria IT was also absent from my list, not because I hadn’t had positive experiences there, but because it had been so long since the last visit that chefs had changed twice and I could no longer vouch for anything on the menu. Well, I quickly fixed that and discovered beautifully plated pasta, quality pizzas and some very pretty salads. They also have the best happy hour (half the price of what is offered elsewhere) in BSC.

Vineria IT, Italian Restaurant Bangsar
Tortelli at Vineria IT

La Risata

Perhaps the oldest Italian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur is La Risata, Ampang. Known for its comfort food, regulars who have been eating there for the 20 years it has been open and a genuinely friendly, welcoming environment, it’s easy to see why this one has stood the test of time.

La Risata, Meat-Free Italian Menu
Wood-Fired Pizza at La Risata, Ampang

Portofino

The young Italian guys that run Portofino have long had a place in our hearts for their fresh approach to recipes and their love of seafood, local seafood – of which you’ll find heaps in every section of the menu. We’re particularly fond of their second location in Bangsar South.

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Seafood Salad at Portofino Bangsar South

Monnalisa, Italian Restaurant in Hartamas

Honest-to-goodness Italian cuisine. No fuss. Just delicious.

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Monnalisa

Zenzero, Upscale Italian Restaurant in KL City Centre

Ideal for a special Italian meal with loved ones.

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Zenzero

Nerovivo, Italian Restaurant Bukit Ceylon

New chef, new contemporary menu.

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Nerovivo

Cicchetti di Zenzero, Italian Tapas KL

Italian style tapas and a charming outdoor patio perfect for sundowners.

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Cicchetti di Zenzero

Sapore, Spanish Italian Restaurant in Ampang

A mix of Italian and Spanish with some must-try porky pasta dishes.

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Sapore

Nero Nero, Italian Restaurant in DC Mall

Great rooftop location and another restaurant with a made-over menu with the introduction of a new Italian chef.

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Nero Nero

Via Pre, Italian Restaurant in Damansara

One of the friendliest staff we’ve come across and gluten-free and wholemeal options for pasta and pizza in KL. A positive community vibe.

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Via Pre

Luretta D.O.P., Italian Restaurant in PJ

Not only does Luretta D.O.P. serve delicious Italian meals in PJ (must try their porchetta) and have a good stock of organic Italian wines but you can take away goodies from their deli too.

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Luretta D.O.P.

Neroteca, Italian Restaurant Just Off Changkat

A great deli, fabulous pork dishes and one of the most affordable Sunday brunches in Kuala Lumpur.

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Neroteca – Best Italian Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

What do you think are the best Italian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur?

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17 Comments

  1. As usual very interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing!

  2. I’d probably settle for those at the more convenient locations should I happen to hop over.

  3. Great round-up, thanks for sharing!

  4. Everything looks so yummy!

  5. La risata has a few branches and never disappoints – our fave restaurant to go with an extensive menu of appetizers, meats, pasta & pizza!

  6. Pasta and pizza for me anytime!

  7. Mama mia! KLites are spoilt for choice.

  8. My husband is a big pasta fan he would be very happy here. Cheers Diane

  9. It all looks so delicious I wouldn’t know where to start!

  10. I don’t think I’ve ever stepped into any in KL but looking at the food pics here, I can see that I’m missing out on the yummiest things in life ..lol

  11. Hans Buhler

    HI Monica,

    Congrats to you…great site!
    Will visit those places I haven’t been to yet.
    Hannes

  12. Caning Jaramillo

    Nice list! Yum Yum!

  13. Proof Pizza must have paid you well to put them on this list, they are far away from making even an eatable pizza

    • There is no payment taken for reviews Carlo: they are all our personal opinion. What I’ve learned from many years of extensive travel through Italy is that there is no standard pizza or pasta or just about anything. Every recipe is proudly regional and this difference is celebrated throughout the country and one of the reasons I love it so much. Where do you like to eat pizza in KL?

  14. Awesome list that I can come back to when I want my Italian fix next time, thanks!

  15. What about ciccio ? Their pizzas are delicious

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