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.
Spasso Milano Lot 6.44.00 & 6.45.00 Level 6 Pavilion 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur Malaysia +6 03 2148 0688 www.out2dinecom.my