Prezzo, located smack in the middle of one of Bangsar’s busiest streets, has been drawing in a steady stream of diners since it opened its doors more than a month ago. You can’t miss their bright red signboard raised against a green awning along busy Telawi 5. There are several tables arranged on the walkway for a bit of al fresco dining while the inside is furnished with simple but comfortable furniture.
The menu lists predominantly Italian-style dishes. We munched on some Crab Cakes (RM34) served with garlic mayonnaise while deciding what else to order. The crab cakes were a bit mushy but the flavours were good, with delicate hints of umami-ness from the crabmeat.
The Flat Bread Salad sounded intriguing, especially when there are 3 choices: with Chicken Caesar, Panzanella or Rare Steak. Feeling adventurous, we chose the rare steak. When it was served, we found it’s exactly what its name suggested: salad of red onions, cherry tomatoes, beetroot, peppers, rocket, parmesan cheese with lemon mustard dressing topped with slices of rare steak. Very rustic and healthy, we enjoyed every bite of it.
Flat Bread Salad with Rare Steak
Can’t dine in an Italian restaurant and not have pizza and pasta – so we chose the 2 most popular on their menu. The Wild Mushrooms Pizza (RM29) had shitake, chestnuts, button mushrooms, red onions, parsley, rocket, garlic butter and mozzarella – a combination that gave out the most insane aromas.
I liked how the Linguine Seafood (RM39) was presented: mixed seafood pasta in light tomato sauce baked in foil. But because the foil retained heat, the pasta came a tad softer than my preferred al dente texture. Still, the seafood was fresh and flavours well balanced.
At this point, we could manage only one Mains and the Cordero Asado (RM69) Pan-roasted Lamb Cutlets served with aromatic herbs was a good choice. Served on buttery mash and a bunch of my favourite rocket leaves, the lamb was tender with delicate hints of herbs perfuming it.
Desserts were straightforward – both the Creme Brûlée (RM8) and Pannacotta (RM10) were served with fresh tangy fruits for that refreshing touch.
For a fuss-free Italian meal where fresh ingredients play a pivot role, Prezzo is worth checking out if you happen to be in that very-busy area.
14 Jalan Telawi 5
59100 Kuala Lumpur