Cheap and delicious pizzas. That is reason enough to check out Narvan Italian at Mentara Food Court, Taman Dagang. The Friedchillies team was there for a little impromptu pizza party.
Oven-fresh pizzas, unbeatable prices.
Narvan Italian at Mentara Food Court
Mentara @ Tiara
Jalan Sulaiman 3
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Excellent hand-made pizzas, great pricing
Weekend crowds, and service can be slow when they're busy
Narvan Italian sounds like such an odd combination. ‘Narvan’ doesn’t sound anything close to Italian and sure enough, they’re not. Mr. Ata and Mrs. Ismat hail from Iran. They’ve been in Malaysia for years and their love of Italian food (pizzas in particular) led them to open Narvan Italian a couple of years ago.
One might argue that in today’s world there are no more boundaries when it comes to food. That cuisine is somewhat emancipated. After all good food is good food and should be share all around the world, right? So it’s no surprise to find people from different backgrounds make all kinds of food. Iranian-made pizzas? Sure!
Look for this stall when you arrive at Mentara
The stall is open evenings until late. They serve a range of pasta dishes and some appetizers (that I’ve never seen people order), but the pizzas are the items to go for. Mr. Ata makes his dough fresh everyday and you can tell it’s handmade. If you come a bit early you’ll see Mr. Ata portioning off smooth balls of pizza dough and letting them rest.
The pizzas come in two sizes: medium and large. We ordered three medium pizzas: Hawaiian (RM10.90), Diavola (RM10.90) and a Seafood Margherita (RM12.90). All the pizzas here are freshly rolled, topped and baked.
The pizzas come hot and fresh, served on rustic wooden boards. The Hawaiian was loaded with chunks of chicken and sweet pineapple. The interplay of sweet and savoury was great. On the Diavola, a generous scattering of spicy, meaty pepperoni is joined by briny black olive slices to make a great flavour bomb. The seafood on the Margherita (prawns and mussels) were fresh and tender, not at all overcooked. The crusts on all pizzas were baked a lovely golden colour on the outside, but remained tender and springy.
Check out that gooey cheese!
Narvan’s pizza sauce is a superb tangy-sweet tomato that isn’t overbearing. They’re also not stingy with cheese. All the pizzas came loaded with cheese that pulled off in gooey strands. Delicious and so so satisfying.
These pizzas are easily some of the best we’ve had in KL, regardless of whether it’s low brow or high end. Best of all the prices are shocking: about RM35 for three pizzas that could easily feed a group of 5 – 6 people. Oven fresh, hot and quality pizzas at a price that’s unbeatable? Go on. Make a beeline to Narvan Italian. You wouldn’t regret it.