In every major city in the world there are Italian restaurants offering the usual antipasti, pizza and pasta. Among these restaurants there will be those serving regional and seasonal dishes, will cost a tad more and have a good wine list. Nerovivo is of the latter category and is further served by a great little alfresco dining area, which gets very crowded in the evening and on weekends. Rightly so as there aren’t many restaurants in the city where you can dine outdoors comfortably. The interior is simple and smart enough to dress up for, but not so pretentious that you can’t come casually dressed for a pizza and beer.
Currently, Chef Claudio is leading the kitchen and is relatively new to KL, having arrived in October last year. Originally from the island of Sardinia located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, seafood is his specialty and what he obviously enjoys preparing; and, he prepares them well.
The menu isn’t extensive, which is always a good thing. A succinct menu usually means that each dish is prepared well and with care. As the chef himself is a fan of seafood, definitely try the seafood dishes. And there are usually specials that will be included in the daily menus, which are changed depending on availability. On the day we dined, the starter was a salmon and scallop tartare simply seasoned with salt, pepper and dill accompanied by prawns marinated with citrus juices and rosemary. The key to a dish like this is freshness, and it didn’t disappoint.
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A pasta dish followed – homemade tagliolini (a variation of tagliatelle) and crab with lime, chilli and spring onion. For mains, choose from seafood, meat or chicken dishes from the à la carte or regularly updated specials menu. Note that the dishes on the specials menu are usually available for three days. At the time of writing, a real comfort dish of roast beef brisket with mashed potato and baby spinach made its debut. Nevertheless, you can’t go wrong with a Nerovivo pizza – the dough is properly proofed, and it’s cooked in a wood-fired oven. Try the classic Margherita (tomato sauce, Mozzarella, fresh basil) – it’s delicious.
Dessert for us was a cheesecake semifreddo (semi-frozen) with white chocolate and forest fruit coulis, and it was big enough to share and light enough to not make us feel like having a long siesta! If you’re up for a night on the town, this is a good place to begin the evening.
3A, Jalan Ceylon
Tel: 03-2070 3100