Finding delicious, Italian food may prove difficult at times. Looking for the Mediterranean taste of rich herbs with just the right textures can drive foodies to frenzy. So imagine our surprise when we tried out iCook Italian Gastronomia – a chic restaurant with plenty of heart and food.
All in-house dough is handmade
B-06-01, Block B, Seri Tegamas, 3 Two Square, Jalan 19/1 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7960 1691
Good food, great ambience, free Wifi
A little pricey. Food is a little slow during peak hours
Chef Nicola Carradori has given his hands and experience to many notable restaurants before settling to open his own place. Looking to present customers withItalian flavours, he’s set a menu that leaves people spoilt for choice. They’re presented all over the walls charmingly on chalkboard menus. We give you the top three dishes to try here at iCook Italian Gastronomia.
For pasta, try the house specialty, Chicken Tortelloni. The dish comes in folds of moist, fresh pasta, dripping with creamy sauce. The sauce is delightful – full bodied with a mouth-watering flavour of mascarpone cheese, blended well with rosemary and porcini. Minced chicken filling is soft and tender, with a taste full of onions and herbs. iCook also has a selection of pasta in various styles and sauce: Aglio Olio, Carbonara, Marinara and Bolognese.
What’s an Italian meal out without some pizza? At iCook, the wide selection of toppings will definitely have your stomachs growling. We tried the Quattro Stagioni Pizza, and it comes steaming on a wooden platter. The self made pizza dough was very soft and spongy, unlike the crispy thin crust we expected. It’s slathered with a generous base of tangy tomato sauce and sprinkled with chicken ham, artichokes, mushroom and olives.
For sandwiches, we had the Fattoria Smoked Salmon Panini. The smoked salmon came in juicy slices that oozed with flavours – salty and smoky, complimenting the crunchy salad and fluffy bread. Dough in the restaurant is all handmade and you can tell by the spongy texture and soft bite. The Panini is served with a side of chunky potato wedges and blended tomato sauce.
Aside from the three dishes, iCook has a range of burgers, soups, as well as salads. They have a great selection of desserts, starting from sweet crème brulee, a very light, delicious chocolate mousse, to frothy tiramisu and many other cakes and gelato.
As per Italian mandate the restaurant has a range of coffees, and many other beverages from iced juices to milkshakes. Worth noting is the bread basket offered at the start of the meal, where the olive oil sauce is exquisite - very herby and light in texture.
Chef Nicola has taken his passion to new heights by offering cooking classes in a kitchen next to the restaurant, for both adults and kids. iCook has also recently opened a branch located at Plaza Damas, which is non halal. All in, iCook Italian Gastronomia offers a nice cafe environment and works well for parties. The experience provides a good meal although I did find it a little on the pricey side. It's also a little hard to find but that say, menu has many choices so there is much to try here.