I often receive emails from readers asking me to recommend a good Italian restaurant in KL that wouldn’t burn a hole in their wallet. And for the past one year, my answer has been Spasso Milano. When it was in Ampang, getting there was a bit of a hassle especially during rush hour but now that it’s in Pavilion KL, there’s hardly any excuse not to try the food.
Spasso Milano’s antipasti buffet is still available for RM28++. In its Ampang location, the antipasti buffet was RM18++ and an additional RM3 or RM6 for a main course. The new antipasti buffet doesn’t include a main course; instead, customers get “The Grill of The Day”. I like this better because you can have a second helping (or more) since it’s included in the buffet line-up.
It gets quite packed during lunch but fret not, as the buffet spread is constantly replenished. The grill of the day that afternoon was the Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Red Wine Gravy, a classic and delicious main dish. The chicken skin – spiked with red wine and seasoned with rosemary – was crispy with a silken layer of fat beneath. I liked that the dark meat was fork tender and the chicken breast was moist. Some people may think roast chicken is a cliché (I thought so too), but hold your judgments until you try this.
Regular favourites include zucchini slices, mussels with tomato and herbs, frittata, grilled vegetables, torta salata with onion and my all-time favourite, pumpkin soup. Felice’s pumpkin soup made me a convert and I can’t get enough of its silky texture and buttery sweetness. I insisted on this as one of the soups for my ROM and my guests loved it. There was also minestrone at the soup counter that day but it was a tad salty.
Now that Spasso Milano is non-halal, the buffet included some pork dishes like the pork and potato spezzatino. The savoury stew was a tasty medley of tender pork pieces, cubes potatoes, onions, carrots and perhaps a few dashes of white wine. For a more balanced meal, you can help yourself to the Caesar salad or the grilled vegetables. I opted for the latter and liked the bell peppers best.
Desserts include the raspberry and chocolate mousse cake, strawberry and vanilla cream cake, tiramisu and ice cream. The first two cakes were rich yet tangy from the berries. I enjoyed the tiramisu better but felt it could have done with more alcohol. But come to think of it, who would want to saunter into the office tipsy, right? ;) The gelato was too icy due to storage problem so I suggest you skip this and have another slice of cake.
It gets quite busy during lunch hour (crazy busy when I was there) so you might have to forgive the slightly disjointed service if you’re ordering ala carte.
Food: 7/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: For RM28++, it’s a pretty good deal. Go try!
*The antipasti buffet includes a selection of appetizers, salads, two types of soup, grill of the day and desserts. It is available daily including weekends.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2148 0688
still looks like a great bargain! based on the quality of the food, i’d be willing to fork out at least RM40++ for this spread! i’d go for multiple helpings of the fritata & the pork stew _ both look good :D and after all, RM28++ would only be able to buy us a bowl of ramen & some tea on pavilion’s sixth floor :D
i love this place!
spasso milano.. i been there once…
I ordered the pumpkin soup before .. i enjoy it..
Try the antipasti buffet. It’s quite good. :)
I used to enjoy the antipasti buffet when they were in Ampang. Gonna go try this one soon (had the a la carte the other day and it was good!).
Btw, chef Felice told me that authentic tiramisu dont use alcohol one wor.
Ya, he told me that too. That’s why I love his chocolate mousse. He normally adds alcohol for me. ;)
wow good food, nice restaurant, great location, fantastic price. This deal is hard to beat. Definitely a must try. I liked it on my FB for all friends to see LOL.
Go try! And thanks for sharing this on FB! :)
I liked the one in Ampang. I haven’t had a chance to try the buffet in the Pavilion spot yet, but I liked their dinner menu.
Yes, I enjoyed my dinner there too. But the antipasti buffet makes a satisfying lunch. Hehe
That looks like a really good deal for all that variety! Plus it’s available on weekends too. My new excuse to go to Pavillion :p
Went there on Mother’s Day. However, they increase the antipasti buffet price to 48++ inclusive of free flow soft drinks. The mussels and clams were not replenished, instead replaced with fried chicken wings. For that price, I did expect more antipasti choices.
Gelato and dessert were nice, though.
Yikes! Sorry to hear you didn’t have a pleasant experience. :( Did you tell Angelo (the manager) about it? Usually, they are quick to replace buffet items.
Went to try the antipasti buffet at lunch on Thursday 5th July. It has evelved somewhat since February. There is no longer any shellfish or meat served in the buffet, or cake for that matter. You get a buffet of essentially vegetarian fare, followed by a main dish of pasta, chicken or pork, and one scoop of gelato for dessert. The pumpkin soup was divine, and the service was good