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Italiannies @ The Gardens, Mid Valley City

*Hey folks, I’m back from Perhentian Island, but am still very much in a holiday mood. So this short post will have to do for now! =D

rif tends to suggest Italiannies when we run out of ideas on what to eat in shopping malls. Since I didn’t have a better suggestion that particular weekend, Italiannies it was. I like the fuss-free decor and comfy atmosphere of Italiannies at The Gardens. As for the food, I’ve always found it average and slightly on the pricey side. While waiting for our mains, I helped myself to two servings of freshly baked bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar (I was really, really hungry). rif always orders the fettuccine in creamy carbonara (RM29.90), as he knows I love my pastas creamy. Italiannies version is decent, but it is sometimes inconsistent. The fettuccine came tossed in cream sauce and topped with smoked beef bacon, turkey ham and fresh mushrooms. I found some parts underdone, but rif thought it was fine.They were pretty generous with the beef bacon, and we were lucky our pasta turned out nice and creamy. The table next to us ordered the same thing, and it looked terribly dry!Since I didn’t get to eat seafood rice the night before, I ordered the seafood risotto (RM30.90) to make up for it. Risotto is an Italian rice dish that has a smooth texture and is often flavoured with mushrooms, asparagus or seafood. The risotto was creamy, al dente and well separated. It tasted slightly spicy with an earthy undertone. While the squid, scallops and prawns were fresh, I was disappointed to find that the mussels were not. Mussels aside, it was palatable. I found the risotto better than William’s version.

It was not a full house that day but the waiters were far from attentive. I had to wave many times just to get the bill and another glass of water. Lunch cost RM70 for the above inclusive of tax and service charge. Not cheap, but the ambiance was ideal for rif and I to catch up on each other’s week.

Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 6/10 (halal)
Verdict: Average Americanized Italian food with mid-range prices.

2nd Floor,
The Gardens,
Mid Valley City.
(same side as Robinsons)

03 2283 3675

15 Responses

  1. J2Kfm

    not really a fan of Italiannie's risotto. the last time i tried, they were too soggy and wet, every mouthful was a disaster.

  2. sibu food diva

    hie Sue, my boyfie used to be the GM for this outlet 🙂 nevertheless, food was always good even though i disguised myself to try out how good it was sans my boyfie's "help". haha :)a little note though, i find the complimentary focaccia tough, tasted like day old bread being toasted. but there is one dessert worth trying; tiramisu. made from italian sponge fingers, mascaporne cheese and Tia Maria. better than Bakerzin's!

  3. jim-experience

    I would say the same.
    a bit too pricy, and the food is so so.

    tried the midvalley one a while back. was not very pleased…

  4. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    i would go dwn 1 floor and eat alexis..they definitely have better desserts haha..

  5. CUMI & CIKI

    really ar? u seem luckier than moi in terms of teh food at Italiannies;)

  6. 550ml jar of faith

    Have pretty much written off pasta at Italiannies, but hey, risotto! That's not really pasta, is it? Looks worth a try! What, no posts on Perhentian yet? Still too painful? 😉

  7. thule a.k.a leo

    Italiannies.. been there twice, first time wasn't impressed by their bland seafood pizza. The second time I thought that their clams were OK though… but the pasta still didn't meet my expectation.

  8. Bangsar-bAbE

    leo – So far, only the carbonara was decent; I don't like their meatball spaghetti.

    I only eat their smoked salmon pizza, but to me is not as good as Souled Out's version.

    550ml – Hehe…I still can't shrug off the holiday mood!! =P

    Cumi & Ciki – I guess so…as my other friends didn't like the food when they were there during different occasions. o_0

  9. Bangsar-bAbE

    Joe – True true…next time I'll counter his suggestion with that! =P

    jim – Agree…but I guess that's the price you have to pay for better ambiance.

    sibu food diva – It's weird…but I like the "tough" bread. I like the bite it has! Thanks for the rec! 😉

    J2Kfm – Aiks…that sucks. They really should work on QC! T_T

  10. Nic (KHKL)

    i actually think that bread at italinnies is nice. warm, fresh and fluffy. in fact, i ask for seconds at times..hehe

  11. sibu food diva

    by the way, sue, do you mind giving me the time and date when you were at italiannies? former GM is very concerned with the under performance of the outlet, and hope to serve you better in the near future ;P

  12. Bangsar-bAbE

    sibu food diva – Sure! I was there 31st May 2009 around 12.15pm. =)

    Nic – Yay…come we ask for thirds when we go together! =P

  13. PureGlutton

    I like the breads there, too! Their pizzas are not too bad either.

  14. sibu food diva

    the Tuscan bread is nice 🙂 but i find the pizza crust a bit too thick and chewy, it's as though biting into a very thick bagel.

  15. Bangsar-bAbE

    sibu food diva – Like you, I find their pizza crusts a tad too thick!

    PureGlutton – Another bread lover! Yippee! 😉

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