What's that? You're looking for more Muslim-friendly dining options here in the food heaven of KL? And nothing says both comforting and luxurious quite like Italian cuisine. Be it pasta, pizza, lasagna, and not forgetting their mouthwatering desserts of cannoli and panna cotta, Italian offerings are much-loved by both young'uns and adults, making it the perfect option for family dining. If you're looking to indulge in some yummy Italian flavours with your loved ones, we've got you covered with this list of halal Italian restaurants in KL! Buon appetito!
Disclaimer: This article features a few eateries which serve alcoholic beverages. This has been clearly marked out below and we recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
1. Positano Risto
Positano Risto is a much-loved Italian restaurant hailing from Singapore. After much success in its hometown, Positano Risto is gracing us with its presence with its newest establishment right here in Malaysia! Ranked as the number one halal Italian restaurant in KL, you know you're in for a treat. A must-try has to be their signature Positano Super Supreme Calzone of mozzarella, pepperoni, and turkey ham topped with burrata and parmesan cheese with 8 handcrafted pockets filled with mushroom and beef pastrami - just the perfect dish for sharing. Pasta-lovers will rejoice in their many and exquisite pasta dishes such as fettuccine carbonara, squid ink seafood spaghetti, seafood aglio olio linguini with sundried tomatoes, and their signature decadent Boston lobster fettuccine for that truly special occasion.
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Mon-Thu; 7.30AM-10PM, Fri; 7.30AM-10.30PM, Sat; 9AM-10.30PM, Sun; 9AM-10PM
Address: Block C1, Lot 2, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 6411 3799 / +6010-400 6944 (WhatsApp)
2. Wood-Fired Oven Pizzeria
No need to travel all the way to Italy for that authentic taste of a freshly-made, homemade Italian pizza! Inspired by Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution with its emphasis on the importance of preparing your food from scratch, almost all of the ingredients at Wood-fired Oven Pizzeria is handmade, from the in-house dough fermentation to the locally-sourced buffalo milk mozzarella. Its owners, Mr Ikmal and Mrs Azara, have come a long way from its humble beginning as a pop-up shop in front of Mr Ikmal's mother's home.
Churning out quite a selection of classic Italian pizza, don't leave without trying out their simple yet satisfying Margherita pizza. A meat-lover? Go for their smoked beef and rocket pizza or meatball pizza. They also serve other Italian dishes such as classic Bruschetta, Italian salad, and the usual selection of pasta such as carbonara, aglio e olio, and bolognese. One bite of their crispy-crust, smoky-flavoured, freshly-made pizza and your heart will sing in happiness, as it did for us!
Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 6PM-10PM, Sat-Sun; 12PM-3PM, 6PM-10PM
Address: 1-08-1, Presint Alami, Persiaran Akuatik, Pusat Perniagaan Worldwide 2, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact: +603-5523 0052 | +6019-227 9324
Situated in the heart of Bangsar, Portofino is no stranger to Italian food gourmands. Their offerings do not only come in their pretty extensive menu, but also in their affordable pricing and laid-back yet classy vibe, suitable for any special
Named after an idyllic town in Italy, Portofino serves its fares in three ways - set menu, a la carte, or buffet. Set menu consists of one or two appetizers (depending on the set menu you choose), a main course, a dessert, and a drink while buffet is made up of an array of starters, main courses, desserts, as well as drinks. You can select the set menu and buffet that are to your taste by referring to their website here
For any further inquiries, don't hesitate to give them a call! Don't miss out on their specialty, their ravioli dishes be it seafood ravioli, spinach ravioli or salmon ravioli in tomato sauce. Their risotto is also highly recommended. Flavourful and creamy, it'll satiate both your taste buds and your tummy. And do leave some space for their delights for that sweet satisfying ending to your soiree.
Halal status: Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers. However, please note that alcoholic beverages are available on the menu hence dine at your own discretion. Please also note that one of the desserts, the tiramisu, has liquor in it hence do inform the establishment in advance if you wish to order it or opt for other non-alcoholic desserts.
Opening hours: Open daily; 10.30AM-11PM
Lucky Garden outlet Address: No 1, Persiaran Ara Kiri, Lucky Garden, Bangsar 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Reservations: +6016-775 2387
Bangsar South outletAddress: No. 1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South City, The Sphere, Jalan Kerinchi 59200, Kuala Lumpur
Reservations: +6016-697 9741
Blonde is the perfect spot if you're looking for a more unique Italian cuisine! If you're new to them, you should try out their popular squid ink spaghetti. This pasta dish is not your typical pasta in terms of appearance and flavour! Enjoy the magnificent black spaghetti's subtle briny flavor as it is topped with Hokkaido scallop, Blue Swimmer crab flesh, and a drizzle of chili oil.
Halal status: Halal-certified
Address: G.03A, The Republik, Jalan MedanSetia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Pokkok is another great place to get pasta. Not only do they offer good food but you can dine in a beautiful glasshouse-inspired environment! While you can anticipate a wide variety of delectable menu options, their Chilli Padi Pesto Pasta is a popular choice for those who enjoy spice. Enjoy a kick of spice with every bite thanks to the three levels of spiciness (mild, hot, and pedas gilerzz)!
Halal status: Uses halal-certified ingredients
Address: MAHSA Avenue, Block B, Jalan Elmu, off, Jalan Universiti, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
6. Jibby by the Park
Jibby by the Park is renowned for its lovely ambiance, but you can't deny their mouthwatering menu. Here you may wolf down on different pasta dishes like pulled duck, basil pesto, seafood marinara, and more. To taste them all, you'll undoubtedly need more than one visit.
Halal status: The central kitchen is halal-certified by JAKIM
Address: FF-18 & FF-19, First Floor, The [email protected], No 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa ParkCity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
7. KITA Dining
You may find Western favorites like crispy soft shell crab salted egg yolk pasta among the range of Asian fusion delicacies at KITA Dining! One mouthful is all it takes to be captivated by the golden soft shell crab and creamy salted egg combined
Halal status: All meats are sourced from halal-certified suppliers. No pork, lard or alcohol is used or served.
Address: 47 Jalan Dungun, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8. Dough & Dolce
In addition to their well-liked Burrata Margherita Pizza and Chipotle Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Dough & Dolce is also known for their smoked duck and sundried tomato aglio olio. Enjoy the flavorful aroma of delicious pasta that has a hint of spice. If the heat is beginning to get to you, sip on some pink lemonade to cool you off.
Halal status: All meats and ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.
Address: Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Kuala Lumpur
Tujoh is a cosy cafe tucked away in Petaling Jaya's tranquil suburbs. If you're not a local who resides in the area, you'll be awed by its cosy atmosphere where you can find creamy lattes and delectable food! After placing your order, you can opt to sit beneath the skylight and have a relaxing catch-up with your friends.
Halal status: Uses ingredients sourced from halal-certified suppliers
Address: 617 Jalan 17/10, Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 46400
And there you have it! 9 Muslim-friendly Italian eateries for you to try for your next dining sesh. If you have any other recommendations, do let us know in the comments section below! As the saying goes, sharing is caring, especially when it comes to good food.