DV Ristorante Pizzeria,77, Jalan Setiabakti,
Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Noon to midnight, daily.
Sunday brunch starts at 11.00am.
THE mention of Italian food will bring to mind contemporary dining restaurants or trendy cafes, for people who are not familiar with the cuisine.
One of the reasons could be that the name of the dishes which appear sophisticated, can also be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with names of Italian dishes.
But for those who have travelled and acquired a taste for Italian food, they certainly will know the different types of dishes and also what to look for when dining in Malaysia.
While Italian restaurants are quite common in Kuala Lumpur; those which specialise in home-cooked dishes may be rare.
This prompted Frankie Ferrarese to choose a casual dining concept for home-cooked Italian dishes at the newly opened DV Ristorante Pizzeria, fondly referred to as DV, in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
Ferrarese is no stranger in the food business as he also manages the chain of Decanter restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.
He said DV’s home-cooked Italian dishes were those he loved since his childhood days.
At 27, Ferrarese who is of Italian-Chinese parentage, said the recipes were from his grandmother, and that he had remembered them by heart.
He said he loved to watch his grandmother and mother cook when he was a child.
Besides a good recipe, Ferrarese said the combination of ingredients and way of cooking were equally important.
“For instance, only certain brands of sauce will go well with one recipe.If we use other brands of the same sauce, we will not be able to achieve the desired results.
“Sauces are important ingredients and we must know where to source those that we need,” he explained.
During a food review session at DV recently, my friend Vivien and I had the privilege of having Ferrarese patiently introducing to us the various types of Italian food.
Well, I must say that the food tasted very nice and the presentation was superb.
DV’s deco, which is simple and elegant, also offers a relaxing atmosphere for diners.
Vivien had only praises for the food.
“The prices are also reasonable, and I will not hesitate to recommend the restaurant to my friends,” she said.
To provide diners a wider selection of dishes, DV has started a Sunday brunch effective Sept 1 between 11am and 2.30pm.
It includes a salad bar with over 15 items, cheese, soup and antipasti buffet selection.
The main courses and pasta will be served according to what is freshest that day.
The price is RM35+ for children under 12 years old and RM70+ for adults and it comes with prosecco cocktail or soft drink.
An additional RM80+, one can add on a free flow prosecco for the duration of the brunch.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.