MHB Visits Pietro Ristorante Italiano (October 2013)

[Review]

Now you might recall that recently I had a nice private dinner at Pietro Ristorante Italiano (you can read about that here – https://timchew.net/2013/07/19/romantic-dining-spots-pietro-ristorante-italiano/) and this time round I decided to bring my MHB bloggers over to try out some new items on the menu.

Hidden away in Bangunan ECM Libra in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur is Pietro Ristorante Italiano, a modern fine dining Italian restaurant that has a very stylish interior and relaxed ambience. If you fancy a more private meal, Pietro has not one, not two but three private dining rooms of different sizes on the first floor. There’s also an al-fresco area with high tables outside while the main dining room is punctuated with the well-stocked bar.

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My partner in crime for the night

My partner in crime for the night

Valerie Chua in her OL (office lady) look.

Valerie Chua in her OL (office lady) look.

Arrosto Butternut - RM20.00 - Roasted butternut soup served with pecorino and basil oil. I love Pietro's mushroom soup but this one is slowly becoming a favourite of mine too! The earthy and creamy flavours with a smooth texture makes this a good start to the meal

Arrosto Butternut – RM20.00 – Roasted butternut soup served with pecorino and basil oil. I love Pietro’s mushroom soup but this one is slowly becoming a favourite of mine too! The earthy and creamy flavours with a smooth texture makes this a good start to the meal

Fegato d' Oca - RM68.00 - Pan-fried foie-gras served with roasted apple, port wine sauce and micro lettuce on toast. There's nothing more decadent than foie-gras - that rich and earthy taste balanced out by the sweetness of the apple and the sauce while the crusty toast added some variation in texture.

Fegato d’ Oca – RM68.00 – Pan-fried foie-gras served with roasted apple, port wine sauce and micro lettuce on toast. There’s nothing more decadent than foie-gras – that rich and earthy taste balanced out by the sweetness of the apple and the sauce while the crusty toast added some variation in texture.

Capesante - RM58.00 - Pan-fried scallop served with warm pea and basil puree, balsamic rucola salad, and parmesan shaves. The scallop was beautifully cooked to perfection and went well with the puree. Another lovely starter!

Capesante – RM58.00 – Pan-fried scallop served with warm pea and basil puree, balsamic rucola salad, and parmesan shaves. The very fresh scallop was beautifully cooked to perfection and went well with the puree. Another lovely starter!

Tortellini coda di bue con basilico - RM48 - Tortellini pasa with stewed oxtail. Stuffed with basil leaves and veal juice with a touch of cream. For those of you not too familiiar with tortellinis think wantans! I've never had oxtail tortellinis before though so this was a welcome surprise! Beautifully cooked and bursting with flavour once you pierce the pasta skin.

Tortellini coda di bue con basilico – RM48 – Tortellini pasa with stewed oxtail. Stuffed with basil leaves and veal juice with a touch of cream. For those of you not too familiar with tortellinis think wantans! I’ve never had oxtail tortellinis before though so this was a welcome surprise! Beautifully cooked and bursting with flavour once you pierce the pasta skin.

Tagliolini neri con Capesante - RM60.00 - Squid ink tagliolini with Hokkaido scallops, prawns, rucola and aglio olio sauce. Seafood lovers rejoice! This pasta dish has so much fresh seafood you'd mistake the pasta for a side. The pasta was cooked al-dente while the sauce was not too heavy.

Tagliolini neri con Capesante – RM60.00 – Squid ink tagliolini with Hokkaido scallops, prawns, rucola and aglio olio sauce. Seafood lovers rejoice! This pasta dish has so much fresh seafood you’d mistake the pasta for a side. The pasta was cooked al-dente while the sauce was not too heavy.

Orecchitte con Pomodorini - RM28.00 - Ear-shaped pasta with fresh baby tomatoes and basil leaves with Pecorino cheese slices. I love pasta with cheese, yes it makes it rich and feeling but it's comfort food! The fresh baby tomatoes lent some acidity and the basil leaves some earthy flavours so you don't feel too overwhelmed by the richness.

Orecchitte con Pomodorini – RM28.00 – Ear-shaped pasta with fresh baby tomatoes and basil leaves with Pecorino cheese slices. I love pasta with cheese, yes it makes it rich and feeling but it’s comfort food! The fresh baby tomatoes lent some acidity and the basil leaves some earthy flavours so you don’t feel too overwhelmed by the richness.

Chef selection of stew - RM30.00 - this dish changes according to the available ingredients and this time round we had a Barley Lamb Stew. A very tender leg of lamb in delicious barley sauce with potatoes and vegetables and garlic bread on the side. The chef explained that this was a traditional Italian lamb stew and I thought it was a nice change to the normal lamb dishes. Very reasonably priced too.

Chef selection of stew – RM30.00 – this dish changes according to the available ingredients and this time round we had a Barley Lamb Stew. A very tender leg of lamb in delicious barley sauce with potatoes and vegetables and garlic bread on the side. The chef explained that this was a traditional Italian lamb stew and I thought it was a nice change to the normal lamb dishes. Very reasonably priced too.

Merluzzo del Pacifico - RM65.00 - pan roasted cod fish with tomato roma gazpacho served with boiled spinach and cube potatoes. The cod was oh so fresh while the skin was crispy! The tomato gazpacho sauce lent some acidity to the dish while the spinach and potatoes made it a more hearty meal.

Merluzzo del Pacifico – RM65.00 – pan roasted cod fish with tomato roma gazpacho served with boiled spinach and cube potatoes. The cod was oh so fresh while the skin was crispy! The tomato gazpacho sauce lent some acidity to the dish while the spinach and potatoes made it a more hearty meal.

Chateau Briand - market price - 1kg Australia bone-in Ribeye - this was the star of the night!

Chateau Briand – market price – 1kg Australia bone-in Ribeye – this was the star of the night!

A full kilo of tender beautifully cooked Australian ribeye! Slightly charred on the outside but nice and pink on the inside.

A full kilo of tender beautifully cooked Australian ribeye! Slightly charred on the outside but nice and pink on the inside.

Accompanying the ribeye was a whole plateful of brocolli, baby carrots and potatoes.

Accompanying the ribeye was a whole plateful of broccoli, baby carrots and potatoes.

And if you're not a purist with your meat you can choose to have it with the sauces which consists of porcini mushroom sauce, blue cheese sauce, and peppercorn sauce. My favourite was definitely the blue cheese sauce!

And if you’re not a purist with your meat you can choose to have it with the sauces which consists of porcini mushroom sauce, blue cheese sauce, and peppercorn sauce. My favourite was definitely the blue cheese sauce!

Lemon Meringue Tart - RM22.00 - lemon tart served with fresh meringue. Not having dessert with girls around is inciting a riot therefore we had to end the meal with something sweet. The lemon meringue tart was not too sweet actually and the meringue;s richness was nicely balanced out by the sour lemon flavour and the berries on the side.

Lemon Meringue Tart – RM22.00 – lemon tart served with fresh meringue. Not having dessert with girls around is inciting a riot therefore we had to end the meal with something sweet. The lemon meringue tart was not too sweet actually and the meringue;s richness was nicely balanced out by the sour lemon flavour and the berries on the side.

Pietro's Tiramisu - RM22.00 - Mascarpone and Savoiardi biscuit served with berries - I can never say no to a good tiramisu and the one at Pietro certainly doesn't disappoint! The dusting of chocolate powder on top of the mascarpone cream added another dimention to it while the berries on the side provided a little relief if the dish became too rich for you.

Pietro’s Tiramisu – RM22.00 – Mascarpone and Savoiardi biscuit served with berries – I can never say no to a good tiramisu and the one at Pietro certainly doesn’t disappoint! The dusting of chocolate powder on top of the mascarpone cream added another dimension to it while the berries on the side provided a little relief if the dish became too rich for you.

The happy and satisfied faces after the meal

The happy and satisfied faces after the meal

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Another thoroughly satisfying meal at Pietro Ristorante Italiano. We had both red and white wines to accompany our meal and as Pietro has a wine cellar there’s a good selection of wines to complement your meal. Pietro is a nice place to bring your special someone for a good meal or your friends/ family to celebrate an occasion. Make sure you book ahead though and trust me on this one – request for the private rooms if available!

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Pietro Ristorante Italiano is located at

Ground Floor

Bangunan ECM Libra

8, Jalan Damansara Endah,

Taman Damansara Endah,

50490 Kuala Lumpur

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Operating Hours:

Lunch: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Dinner: 6.00pm – 11.00pm

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For info or reservations call 03-2093 6433

Find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pietro-Ristorante-Italiano/234028306654577

or visit their website at http://www.pietro.com.my/

Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (http://www.andykho.com)

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