8 Italian Restaurants In Kuala Lumpur (& Penang) To Treat Yourself To An Authentic Italian Feast

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Ciao, foodies! Got the travel bug and is itching for a trip to the land of hand tossed pizzas, fresh pastas and leaning Pisa. We’re unable to travel overseas for the time being, but fret not! There’s a handful of authentic Italian restaurants right here in Kuala Lumpur as well as Penang, so you can satisfy your Italian food cravings one bite at a time! 


Check out this list of 8 authentic Italian restaurants in KL and Penang. Also this week’s the perfect time to visit with your family and friends for Easter with their special menus.

8 Must-Visit Restaurants In KL & Penang For An Authentic Italian Feast

1. Monnalisa Ristorante Italiano

Looking for more home-style recipes from Italy then this next place is for you. Bringing recipes passed down from the chef’s grandma in Italy, Monnalisa offers up great Italian comfort food you’ll easily crave for more. Have your pick at crowd-favourite mains of Costolette di Agnello (tender and juicy lamb chops), wide range of pastas such as Rigatoni al Ragu’ di Agnello (lamb ragu), or even their famous Pastiera Napoletana, their typical Easter dessert!

Address: Hartamas Shopping Centre, M-1-1, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: (DAILY) 3:30PM – 11PM

Contact: 03-62065394


Status: Pork-Free, but serves alcohol

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

2. Luretta D.O.P


Nestled in Isetan, One Utama, Luretta D.O.P easily stands out with it being surrounded by a ton of Asian eateries. Get ready to feast on an array of classic Italian favourites here! From “glistening” lasagne to golden roasted Porchetta that’s crispy on the outside with juicy tender meat on the inside. They’re also a grocer where you can get a slice of Italian cuisine, cold cuts, exotic cheese and Italian wine home!


Address: 1 Utama Shopping Center Old Wing, Second Floor Isetan Eat Paradise, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Operating hours: (DAILY) 11:30AM – 10PM

Contact: 016-9109133

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

3. Sapore

Aside from that, Sapore in Ampang is a rare gem in the city that combines Italian flavours! A comparably more affordable Italian restaurant in KL, have a go at the huge range of menu they have here. Start things off with their cold cut platter, then move on to scrumptious mains of Dry Aged T-Bone Steak. A single trip here definitely won’t be enough for you!

Address: 18, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Operating hours: (MON – FRI) 11:30AM – 3PM; 6PM – 11:30PM | (SAT – SUN) 11AM – 11:30PM

Contact: 03-42666362

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. Osteria Gamberoni

Moving on, this newly opened spot near KL city centre is already many patron’s go-to place for authentic Italian cuisine. Known for their fresh handmade pastas and fresh seafood dishes that’ll make you drool at first sight. One of the must-tries is their Tagliolini con Gamberoni e Limone, where Italian summer is encapsulated in a tangy pasta dish. For their Easter specials, they will be serving fresh Pappardelle ai Funghi or their famous Costolette di Agnello Scottadito, a plate of lamb rack with potatoes and rosemary.

Address: 17, Jalan Yap Ah Shak, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Operating hours: (DAILY) 11AM – 8PM | Closed On Tuesdays

Contact: 03-2602972

Status: Pork-Free, but serves alcohol

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Sassorosso

Looking to up the ante? This Italian fine-dining place in KL serves authentic flavours from Italy using more upscale ingredients. Find yourself drooling over crowd-favourites at Sassorosso – like truffle pasta or even treat yourself to some foie gras, escargot and fresh seafood cooked Italian style. With a spectacular view of KLCC in the background, this is the perfect place to give you and your loved ones a treat!

Address: 9, Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: (MON – SUN) 12PM – 3PM; 6PM – 11PM | (SAT) 6PM – 12AM

Contact: 03-21666428

Status: Pork-Free, but serves alcohol

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

6. Mandarin Grill & Bar

Photo: @sumobibi (Instagram)

Aside from that, check out this next place if you’re a sucker for picturesque views as you’re surrounded by the greeneries of KLCC park. Mandarin Grill & Bar in Mandarin Hotel Kuala Lumpur is perfect for meat-lovers looking for the perfect grilled meats paired with Italian wines. Of course, you can also find a variety of Italian flavours here and their Easter lunch comes in Eggs-citing Easter Brunch and Eggs-tra Special Easter Brunch. Don’t forget to end your meal with their Uovo Pasquale that’s easily everyone’s favourite!

Address: Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Operating hours: (WED – SUN) 12PM – 2PM; 6PM – 10:30PM | Closed On MON & TUE

Contact: 03-23308798

Status: Pork-Free, but serves alcohol

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

7. Heritage Pizza

Next up is one you must check out, especially if you’re a pizza lover. Get all your pizza cravings fixed at Heritage Pizza where they offer a wide variety of northern Italian-style pizzas. Taste the authentic flavours where cheese fanatics will squeal at the tons of mozzarella cheese being added. Using a Verona-built stone oven for all its pizzas – producing a slightly charred and chewy crust that’s perfect in each bite!

Address: 26-G, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Operating hours: (TUE) 6PM – 10PM | (WED – SUN) 12PM – 2PM, 6PM – 10PM | Closed On Mondays

Contact: 03-26021919

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

8. Il Bácaro

To all the folks in Penang, this last one’s for you! One of the few restaurants that serve up an authentic Italian feast in Campbell House right in the heart of Penang, Il Bácaro is where you head to for a cozy and hearty mains or even just a light bite. Their pasta with ricotta is highly raved but everything here will simply work up your appetite!

Address: 106 Lebuh Campbell, 10100 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

Operating hours: (DAILY) 12PM – 11PM

Contact: 04-2618290

Status: Pork-Free, but serves alcohol

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

A True Italian Cuisine Experience In The City Till 11th April

Attention, foodies! Now you can go on a journey around the city for an Italian Cuisine Experience 2021 which takes place from 2nd to 11th April 2021. All eight participating Italian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Penang have individually customised menus for the Easter Holidays. Happening for 10 days only, it’s time to treat yourself and travel to Italy without having to leave the city now!

Tag Your Foodie Buddies Now

Mark your calendar because you only have a few days left to experience a one-of-a-kind authentic Italian cuisine in the city! Which are your favourite spots for authentic Italian food in KL and Penang? Let us know in the comments and happy eating!

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

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