Passione Ristorante Italiano is situated in Bukit Jalil just 14km south of KLCC. The area may be quite well known to some as there are a number of eateries, cafes and restaurants in the vicinity. It is quite easy to get to and there is plenty of street parking nearby as the restaurant is situated on a corner. We shot a video of the exterior so you can have a look around.
Passione Ristorante Italiano, a relatively new restaurant which opened in July 2018 and owned by the Butbo Group who also own a number of other establishments in the local area. We will be bringing you more on these in up coming reviews, so stay tuned! They also have an impressive, easy to navigate website packed with information including their food and drinks menus, promotions, events and much more.
On entering the restaurant we were taken aback by it’s size! There are two floors, both air conditioned and fan cooled. The ground floor and first floor are in open plan style, giving it a very airy and spacious feel. Access to the first floor is via a spiral type stair case, or lift if you prefer. The high quality Italian style decor and furnishings give it that typical Italian feel. We went for a walk around and shot a couple of videos of both the ground floor and first floor.
On the ground floor there is a dining area, staircase accessing the first floor, bar area with comfortable seating. The main kitchen is on the first floor however, there is a smaller kitchen area on the ground floor where they prepare the pizzas. Here they have a traditional and authentic 400˚C scented wood fired pizza oven. Like me, pizza lovers will know that this is an essential tool for the preparation of a truly authentic Italian pizza!
The ground floor of Passione is ideal for casual meets with an authentic Italian theme; enjoy a drink and snack from their selection of premium cold cuts and wide selection of Italian wines and beers from their beverage menu.
The first floor, slightly more formal, has a much larger dining and seating area, bar area and a large main kitchen separated from the dining area with glass so you can watch the chefs work their Italian magic! It has a main dining area, another dining area which can be made private by closing the curtains, large enough for private functions, and a fan cooled terrace area for diners who prefer to sit outside. All beautifully decorated with high quality Italian style furnishings and tableware.
The private dining area which can easily be separated from the rest of the first floor by simply closing the curtains as and when required. As you can see it also has partitions which can be opened or closed separating this area even further if required.
Pizza Making Workshop For Parent & Child
Luckily we came on Sunday which meant we were able to join in their weekly Sunday workshop for kids! It was in fact a surprise for us as we didn’t realise that this was available. This happens every Sunday at 11am at Passione. This is available for kids between the ages of five and twelve years, ticket price is RM50.
Your kids get to learn how to make their very own pizza with the help of Passione’s Italian award winning Head Chef, Stefano Criber. Your kids get to take home their pizza once they have finished, as well as a Passione kid size apron and a chefs hat!
As you can see my son really enjoyed making his first pizza from scratch with the help of Passione’s in-house professional, Stefano!
Our Dining Experience
Once we had finished downstairs preparing our own pizza, we then moved upstairs for lunch to our reserved table! There were four of us dining today and we ordered five starters, including soup, three pasta dishes, one pizza(a must try!), two main courses and dessert. We were actually sharing all of the dishes between us so we preferred all of them to arrive at the same time.
Head Chef Stefano told us that the food is “always fresh, always handmade and never pre-packed.” This is the creed Chef Stefano lives by when making his famous pasta from scratch daily. You can check out Passione’s main menu here.
First up was of course the starters and they came out almost all together as we requested. Antipasto Di Mare which is a seafood starter consisting of marinated grilled octopus, boiled cuttlefish and prawns drizzled with lemon oil, served with fennel and orange salad. This was an excellent start with mouth watering octopus being my favourite in this dish, very well presented with fresh crispy salad.
Cuoppo Napoletano which is a street food staple of Naples served in a paper cone, comprising potato croquettes with Mozzarella, honey ham and zeppoline dough balls with anchovies, served with marinara sauce on the side. It was obvious that these were homemade and fresh, served hot the potato croquettes were cooked to perfection, slightly crispy on the outside and super soft on the inside. Combined with the marinara sauce they were simply delicious!
Parmigiana Di Melanzane which is layers of sliced egg plant cooked in a small pot until golden brown, topped with tomato sauce, Mozzarella cheese, basil and grana Padano. This was quite a small portion but bursting with flavour, served hot and topped with a fresh leaf of Basil.
Porchetta Salad which is a mixed garden salad with crunchy bits of roasted pork belly, tomatoes, cucumber, radish and hazelnuts in a honey mustard dressing. Very well presented, all the salad ingredients were crispy and fresh. The tomatoes and radish were some of the best I have tasted.
Funghi And Truffle Soup, warm creamy mushroom soup scented with aromatic truffle oil. A very large portion served in a surprisingly large bowl. Very smooth texture, not at all salty but yet full of flavour
Seafood Linguine is homemade linguine pasta with fresh clams, mussels, shrimps, baby cuttlefish, squid and scallop, served in a choice of either infusion oil and garlic, or tomato sauce. We chose infusion oil and garlic and it didn’t disappoint, although as a big lover of tomatoes I would have loved to have tried with tomato sauce as well! All the seafood and pasta was super fresh.
Maccheroni Salsiccia, Crema Di Carciofi And Caciocavallo which consisted of homemade maccheroni pasta sauteed with Italian house sausage, ragu artichoke pate and smoked scamorza cheese. This was actually my favourite of all the pasta dishes we tried. For me, it was the Italian house sausage that made this dish so delicious.
Gnocchi Alla Montanara which was handmade gnocchi potatoes with sauteed porcini mushroom and truffle paste cream.
Pizza Regina Margherita a typical Neapolitan pizza made with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, fior di latte, drops of pesto, basil and fresh basil leaves. Of course we had to try a pizza made in their scented wood fired oven! Served super hot with a fresh crispy base made with plenty of deliciously tangy tomato sauce, a generous helping of melted Mozzarella cheese topped with basil leaves.
Pluma Iberica consisted of Iberico pork neck side, marinated and grilled. Purposely served ever so slightly under cooked so as not to ruin the amazing flavour of this high quality pork neck side. So tender and succulent with well marbled fat, it could easily be mistaken for beef! Chef Stefano told us the pork comes from a “black hog” and is considered to be some of the highest quality pork in the world!
Galletto Arrasto grill roasted, whole spring chicken, marinated and seasoned with Italian herbs, mustard and lemon juice, served with freshly grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes. This was quite a large portion of very tender, succulent young chicken.
Finally to finish with the Tiramisu which is of course a well known classic Italian dessert, coffee flavoured ladyfinger with mascarpone cheese and crunchy chocolate.
After visiting this lovely restaurant and trying their delicious food, Passione Ristorante Italiano could be best described as a hidden Italian gem just waiting to be discovered. It’s a little off the beaten track just south of KLCC but definitely worth the trip.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, which became especially noticeable when we got chatting with some of them during the Pizza Making Workshop. This is also when we had the chance to chat with Head Chef, Stefano Criber who has over twenty years of culinary expertise. It became clear, from not only the food we were served today but also from chatting to him, he has a genuine passion for Italian cuisine. A big thank you to Chef Stefano and his team!
All the food at Passione Ristorante Italiano was clearly homemade, fresh, very well presented and most important of all, served with a smile! If you are a lover of authentic Italian food then I would suggest you give this place a try and see for yourself.
Passione Ristorante Italiano
No 19, Jalan Radin Bagus 9
Bandar Baru Seri Petaling
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 9055 3833
Lunch : 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner : 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Closed every Tuesday