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Chiaroscuro – literally meaning Light and Dark is the latest Italian joint to pop up in Kuala Lumpur.

A nice simple, no fuss trattoria and pizzeria – with Chef Andrea (hailing from Veneto) at the helm is absolutely understated in decor and style.

Dinner here is a delight for the senses, from the climate control at the right temperature, to the excellent ventilation that extracts second hand smoke from your neighbouring table.

The menu is short and simple, with a choice of 10 each of appetisers, pasta, main courses and desserts.

Let’s move on to the real thing… The food.

Started with a nice glass of prosecco (Italian sparking wine) that the waiter gladly changed for me as the first glass was rather flat..

A generous portion of prosciutto San Daniel with fragrant canteloupe followed… Needless to say I was in heaven..

The red Palazzo della Torre (2006) from Veneto region was next. A little edgy straight from the bottle, but chucking it in the decanter took care of that…

The linguine aglio olio con vongole (pasta with olive oil and clams) was done to perfection and there was nothing to complain about except for the portion which was very large as a secondi (second course). Although not on the menu, Andrea was very concerned that the one on the menu wasn’t to liking and he re did it my favourite style. Pasta was perfect (al dente).

Main course was veal tongue with a nice homemade sausage served with caramalized onions, mashed potatoes and green sauce. This dish, is really something you’d have at the dinner table in a typical northern Italian home. Andrea explained that he loves making this dish and I could really feel the passion he pours in it.

Also worth noting is the Amarena gelato – my favourite!

And the mango sorbet which didn’t disappoint!

The espresso to round it all up was super excellent!

All in all, a very very satisfying meal.

It’s located right behind Istana Hotel (at the lobby of Bidara Apartments).

Chiaroscuro Trattoria Pizzeria
Ground Floor 38 Bidara
30, Jalan Bedara
50200 Kuala Lumpur
t: +60 (3) 2144 8006
f: +60 (3) 2144 9006


Written by Leo

2 May 2008 at 16:37

Posted in Food, My Thoughts, Photography

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