Mi Piace Il Cucina Italiano! I love Italian food!
I love the atmosphere of a good, homely Italian ristorante, complete with wood-fired oven and Italian waiters/waitresses. Having lived in OZ is a plus, as I've probably been exposed to proper, honest, hearty Italian cuisine more than most.
With 50% discount using BNI, Pizza Marzano Kelapa Gading is always and there are always people lining up outside. I sat down with my family expectant and with palpable anticipation.
First thing I noticed is the relaxed atmosphere
of the ristorante. The blue-themed decor does not really takes you back to Italy, but it does contribute to the feel-good feeling of the place. A good start to the evening.
Second thing I noticed is the attractive-looking menu. So far so good, I thought. However, I felt there was something missing in the menu, something important. Then it hit me: there's no Secondo menu!
I could see antipasto, contorno, primo &pizza, but no meat dish whatsoever. No fish, no beef, no lamb, no nothing. What a bummer! I guess it makes sense as it's a pasta/pizza establishment, and cooking meat requires a whole different set of skills than plopping ingredients on top of a dough and chucking it in the oven, but again, what a let down...
Having gotten over the disappointment, we proceeded to order the food and drinks. Besides, the pizza & pasta selection does look good, and the free refill drinks is always welcome.
We ordered two starters, the Caesar Salad and the Bruschetta Con Funghi
. The salad came out first, so that's good. The presentation however, is a little sloppy. The absence of red-leaved veggies is also doing nothing to increase the our appetite. The taste however is good, fresh & honest, with a nice dressing that complements the dish well. The croutons though are a little bland not crunchy enough.
While we were digging into on the salad, the next one to come was not the bruschetta, but one of the two pizzas we ordered, the Salmone Bianche Pizza
Salmone Bianche Pizza
That's ok, we thought, maybe the kitchen's lagging a bit and the bruschetta will come next. So we started on the pizza. Bianche means "white", and so this one does not have a tomato sauce base, but a white bechamel base
. I thought the taste is ok. Subtle maybe a better way to describe it. The salmon is the saviour though,maybe 'cause I like salmon a lot.
Still waiting on the "supposedly-starter" bruschetta, the next dish that came was the other pizza we ordered, the Pollo Pancetta Romana Pizza
Pollp Pancetta Romana Pizza
Hmmm, halfway through the mains and still no bruschetta. Anyway, this is a better pizza than the previous one. Much more flavourful and the sauce base is a little different than the usual. This pizza uses a capsicum-based (bell pepper for those of you who's more American-inclined) sauce and that offers a different dimension to the more mainstream pizza taste.
By now we were all waiting anxiously for the non-existent bruschetta, and maybe contemplating whether the kitchen had forgotten to make it, so we asked one of the waiters to check on it. While he jogged off to the kitchen, our next order came which was the Penne Pollo Pesto
Penne Pollo Pesto
This means that the "starter" bruschetta is gonna come last, which is a bit of a black mark to the service. Anyway, the pasta looks good, and tastes alright. It's been baked to form a crunchy cheesy crust on the top
which is nice, but can hardly taste the pesto. An okay-ish dish and quite frankly not up to expectations.
Now with bellies almost full, the long-awaited bruschetta finally made it's debut.
Bruschetta Con Funghi
First impression was that it looks appealing, but there's a bit of "Huh!? Is this really a bruschetta?". My imagery of bruschetta is a piece of thick-sliced bread topped with a generous amount of roughly chopped tomato, onion and herbs, drizzled with olive oil. This one is a loaf of bread drenched in white bechamel sauce with sauteed onions and mushrooms. What the hey, let's give it a try. Turns out that it was the best dish of the lot. The taste is surprisingly good. The combination of bechamel sauce and balsamic vinegar with the golden, crusty bread is a winner
. It's the kind of food that brings a smile to your face. Too bad that it was served last.
Pizza Marzano is a relative newcomer in the Kelapa Gading food scene, and I can say that it will probably do well in the long run. The food is good, if unremarkable. The service is commendable, and the atmosphere is enjoyable. It's not up there yet with the best I've tasted, but it's a good establishment and hey, what can go wrong with 50% off the bill? (as long as it's still on, of course)
Until then, keep those tongues happy
Bruschetta Con Funghi, the free refill lemon tea and bluberry drink
Date of Visit: Nov 13, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately Rp55000Other Ratings:
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