Morelli's @ Bangsar

March 27, 2012

Hidden in a Bangsar condo, Morelli's serves surprisingly porky Italian recipes.

The scarcity of customers here on a weeknight seems ominous, but Morelli's rustic pork sausages with couscous & spinach cooked in tomato gravy (RM22.50) deserve to be a crowd-puller, rivaling many higher-priced options in Bangsar.

Morelli's specialty pizza is heaving with hog produce _ salami, bacon, sausages & ham, partnered with olives, onions & capsicum (RM34.50). Savory but not over-salted, juicy without the slightest sogginess, it's far from a refined, truffle-oil-laced pizza, but it's still highly admirable.

Wild boar curry grilled sandwiches (RM9.50). More Indian than Italian, but why nitpick over something well-prepared? Unexpectedly fiery, it packs a wake-me-up wallop for the taste buds.

Only beer is sold _ Hoegaarden, Foster's & the like. Corkage charge for wine? RM30.

Caveats? The setting can look a little dark & depressing, with so few customers.

High ceilings mean ventilation is sufficient, though there's no air-conditioning.

And finally: with only one waitress & possibly one cook in the kitchen, patience is a virtue here. Note that Morelli's accepts only cash.

Bayu Angkasa Condominium, Jalan Medang Kapas, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284-0700
Opens starting noon, last orders at 10:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.