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5 Muslim-Friendly Italian Restaurants In KL To Satisfy Your Cravings


Aishah •  Oct 31, 2019


[Updated 3 August 2020] 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-ownedOpening hours: Mon-Thu; 7.30AM-10PM, Fri; 7.30AM-10.30PM, Sat; 9AM-10.30PM, Sun; 9AM-10PMAddress: 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) Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. Wood-Fired Oven Pizzeria
Note: WOP Pizzeria is currently in the midst of moving to their new location in Hartamas, so make sure to follow their social media pages for more updates. 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! Halal-status: Muslim-owned 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 Website | Instagram
3. Favola @ Le Meridien
If it is a romantic date night you're looking for, then look no further than Favola, Le Meridien.  Grand arches, fresco murals and paper mâché carnival masks adorned its space, creating a charming dreamy Venetian ambience right here at the heart of KL. Just like its phenomenal decor, phenomenal food awaits you at Favola! Led by Italian-born Chef Domenico, the menu reflects his love for fresh produce and seafood, owing to his upbringing in Sardinia. A signature dish of theirs has to be the Salmon and Sea Bass Carpaccio, a pretty plate of paper-thin shavings of fish with salmon roe and Hawaiian salt topped with toasted pine nuts for that extra crunch and a side of parsley sauce and micro cress salad. Other recommendations include Risotto Nero, a squid ink risotto dish with sauteed lobster, Ricotta Cheese Ravioli served with forest mushroom sauce and truffle shaving, and Baked Sea Bass al Cartoccio among others. For dessert, go with the chef's personal recommendation of Cassata, a traditional Sicilian sweet sponge cake, for a unique sweet ending to your meal. Halal status: Ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers and no alcohol is used in the food. However, please note that alcoholic beverages are available on the menu, hence dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12 pm - 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm Address: 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur WebsiteFacebook | Instagram
4. Portofino
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 occasion. 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 outlet:Address: No. 1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South City, The Sphere, Jalan Kerinchi 59200, Kuala Lumpur Reservations: +6016-697 9741 WebsiteFacebook | Instagram
5. Me Famiglia
Note: Me Famiglia is temporarily closed until further notice. Make sure to check out their social media pages for any news and updates. Previously known as La Famiglia, it is only recently that the owner decided to change its name to the current one (which means My Family), befitting its good-natured familial ambience. And true to its name, its menu consists of a wide selection of homey Italian goodness of soups, pastas, pizzas and desserts at an affordable price. There are a few things that you must try upon dining here. First, their pizza. Hailed by their loyal customers as among one of the best in town, their pizzas are made using handmade dough and are only baked upon order. They also serve meat dishes and a must-try has to be their baked lamb shank. Generous and succulent, big eaters will have a gratifying time devouring this dish. Then, end your dining affair with their much-loved Tiramisu cake. There are no nuts or alcohol in it, just sponge fingers dipped in Italian espresso and topped with Mascarpone cheese. Simply heaven. Halal status: Uses ingredients sourced from halal-certified suppliers. No alcohol served in the establishment. Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday from 1 pm -3 pm, 6 pm - 11 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.Address: C-G-16, Jalan Metro Perdana 3, Taman Usahawan Kepong, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur Contact: 03-6258 8442 Facebook | Instagram And there you have it! 6 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.