There are quite a few places where you can find D'Italiane Kitchen, but the only one I've been to is the one located at Jaya 33, around Section 14. Nestled at the front of the mall overlooking the main road, the restaurant is famous for its delicious Italian cuisine. I've heard about it from a few people, and they had nothing but praise for the food served here - it was about time I checked it out for myself.
One of my friends recommended the mushroom soup to me when I told her that I would be having lunch here. As I was keen on trying something as an appetizer, this bowl of mushroom soup seemed the best choice after what my friend said. The soup arrived in a deep bowl with a drizzle of buttery cream and parsley, which we stirred together without delay. Chock full of three different types of mushrooms, the soup is thick and creamy. I loved the texture of it and the feel of the mushroom chunks bursting with juices on my tongue. For RM11.90, this was a great way to start my meal.
The main courses started arriving just as we were scraping the bottom of the soup bowl. My partner's chicken dish was the first to reach our table. Piled on his plate was one whole chicken leg accompanied with potato hash and sautéed mushrooms. Everything was covered in a savoury brown sauce. I had a taste of everything, and I've got to say that I liked how the potatoes and mushrooms were prepared, very flavourful.
My meal was the next to arrive: al funghi risotto, or mushroom risotto. What can I say? I love mushrooms. Anyway, I'll admit that risottos in general aren't attractive dishes to me, visual-wise and the one I had here honestly looked a lot like scrambled eggs. But all these thoughts evaporated as I spooned in my first mouthful. It was really good, though my partner, who has eaten here before, said that the previous time he had it was better. The rice was soft and gooey, full of mushroomy goodness. There was just the subtlest flavour of cheese, and just the right amount of cream to go with the entire dish. There was quite a lot of it too, and I think if I ever visit again I'll share it instead of taking it on by myself.
My friend ordered the IL classico, a tomato-based pizza topped with chopped sausage, button mushrooms, green peas, bell peppers and mozzarella. There were 8 slices in total, and she had a few left over to pack for home as there was more than enough food to share between our party of 4. It was a good pizza, and I liked how soft and tasty the cheese was combined with the other ingredients. However, if you're looking for a more authentic pizza experience, the D'Italiane Kitchen branch in Paradigm Mall makes their pizzas fresh in a wood-fire oven.
When they called it a 'jumbo' lamb shank, they really weren't kidding. My friend said that the serving was huge for her, and she couldn't finish it at the end. The lamb is slowly braised and served with brown sauce, vegetables and mashed potatoes. The lamb was good, not too tough and tasty from all the herbs. The mashed potatoes were nice as well.
The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere, with a clean colour scheme and classical music playing in the background. There's an option to dine outdoors as well, and the service was alright, with friendly staff. One thing I was surprised about though was how they charged us RM0.90 for a glass of iced water, and the service charge and government tax that resulted out of our lunch experience was higher than expected. Even so, for the price we paid I enjoyed our lunch here. All the food was well-prepared and delicious, and we didn't have to wait long for anything. Would definitely come back here again if I have the chance.