Saturday, November 29, 2008

Italiannies @ The Gardens

Soft Christmas music is playing everywhere.
Sweet Christmas decorations are hanging up here and there.
Christmas decos are eyes appealing with shinny colours and bling-bling.
Everything seems to catch one’s heart.
The atmosphere starts dragging everyone to fall into this joyous season.
Some may have start lazying around (ya, that’s ME!)
Some may have start planning for a great vacation.
Some may even think this is the time for hibernating (ME again)
Because Christmas is always in winter cool days
And also the best time to hibernate. (This is only my point of view)

However, due to the economic crisis that attacking on us, the atmosphere is not as hot and merrier as past years. Well, just hope everything returns to normal and people will ‘kick’ the gloomy away and be involved in this cheery and happy season!

Me and a bunch mates had a PRE-Christmas gathering days ago. Get-together, gossip a little and full up our stomach.
(PS: not to say I want to complain or anything. But the organizer for this gathering is very teruk. haihz)

With empty and ‘roaring’ stomach, we finally ended up in Italiannies. Glad to be seated in this lovely restaurant. Food served is generous in portion and delicious.

Italiannies welcomed us with their house’s bread. And look, That’s what they meant for sharing for all dishes.

With the dipping vinegar and olive oil.

We started with beverages:-

(Clockwise) Tropic Sunshine, Strawberry Colada, Frozen Ocean and Island Breeze

(Clockwise) Il Nero Testeros, Iced Café Mocha and Café’s Oscar

Appetizers such as:-

Californian shrimp salad (RM 25.90)– seasoned grilled shrimp, mangoes, oranges, tomatoes and cream cheese with baby spinach and romaine lettuce, tossed with orange vinaigrette dressing . However, I find that there is not much shrimps in this salad but the greens are fresh!

Mussels Lombardi (RM 20.90) - one of their new items on the menu. Mussels are shimmered in white wine, olive oil, oregano, garlic and parsley. The broth is delicious where I have scooped a few spoonfuls down my stomach.

And the mains were:-

Seafood Risotto (RM 30.90) – a medley of seafood sautéed in white wine, with Arborio rice simmered in clam and chicken broth. This is something not to my liking but the chicken broth is great. The Rice is quite different than what we usually had and it is a little cheesy and filling for us. Then only I discovered that Arborio rice (Italian short-grain rice) is actually firm and creamy due to the high starch content. That was why it is heavy for us.

Chicken Parmagiana (RM 30.90) – Romano crusted chicken served with spaghetti, marinara sauce, and parmesan and mozzarella cheese. This had our attention. The chicken is tender and compatible with the marinara sauce spaghetti.

Classic Pizza (RM 30.90) - Italian chicken sausage, mushrooms, peppers, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

Classic Pizza has my vote. I fancy this a lot. The flavourful cheesilicious pizza topped with a variety of topping.

Garlic Chicken Pizza (RM 29.90) – grilled chicken with pomodoro sauce, mozzarella cheese, green & red pepper strips and roasted garlic.

We tried to save some rooms for desserts. However we couldn’t make it as the portion served were too large. There were no extra rooms for our tummy til the next revisit.

Meals with friends are always fun and exciting.
We chat,
We share,
We gossip
And we make fun of each another.
That’s what friends for!

Cheers to our friendship~

(From the left) WengHo, KenSon, Eldred, Wye the Puss, the sweetest - RuChi, the cheeriest - XueYan and Me.

Italiannies @ The Gardens


yamini meduri said...

Merry Christmas dear....!!!!

ai wei said...

yamini meduri,
happy early christmas!

~Christine~Leng said...

Very into Italian food nowadays dear? Food looks great. and with great frens... nothing can go wrong :)

Rhi said...

oh my goodness that looks amazing. it's making my mouth water! how did you get into cooking if i might ask?

Shell (貝殼) said...

i enjoy food with a group of fren where can lots of variety & share among of us~~

ai wei said...

yay yay, i miss eating out with you. ya, meal with all good friends, nothing can go wrong. this is true. haha

thanks thanks. thanks for dropping by. do drop by often for more reviews ya.

Agree! that's why i love sharing and meals wwoth friends!

myCoffee said...

Counting down to Christmas already? :)

J2Kfm said...

the portion's to DIE for, literally. we could not stomach the whole plate of risotto either. too rich ... and soft.

but the pizzas rather good.

mimid3vils said...

Italiannies food must be shared hor, portion very huge ~.~

ai wei said...

my Coffee,
hehehe, santa clause is coming to town. wheeeeeeeeeee!~

yalor yalor,
pizza are great but the risotto is way too rich and filling.

but this is definately a good place for good food with friends

i believe sharing the food together with a bunch of good friends, the food will be more tasty!

Simon Seow said...

I love Californian Shrimp Salad, so refreshing.

mel^^mel said...

hey, the mussels was good, i love it too during my previosu visit... good choice ^^

ai wei said...

simon seow,
hehe, i prefer the calamari salad.

mei mei,
simply love the broth for the mussel dish very much! love it. just can't stop drinking. haha
thanks for dropping over ya~

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