Artusi Ristorante embraces the culture ,the traditions and cuisine from the Emila -Romagna , a part of north eastern Italy. Emila -Romagna is also the native land of Mr Pellegrino Artusi who is considered as the founder of Italian cuisine and the inspiration behind this restaurant.
Located right next to Nick Baker's in the GK 2 market is this small restaurant with simple yet sophisticated interiors serving some really good authentic Italian cuisine.I do wish it was a bit more spaced out but nevertheless. A well stocked bar at the entrance and a wall on which all their awards are hung with pride stating them as the Best Italian Restaurant . And I sat down for dinner to experience this beautiful culinary Italian journey.
The Italians take time to have their meals and their meals are generally divided into courses.
Started the first course with some SPARKLING WINE and a Bread Basket with some Sun-dried tomato tepanade while we waited for
FERRO , a salad made with rocket lettuce, grapes ,pears ,pinenuts , raisins and dressed with a balsamic vinegar dressing. Fresh ingredients and well balanced dressing made it a great salad .
TOMINO ,a melting portion of cheese , served with toasted bread ,sauted mix mushrooms with the flavours of white truffle oil was just delectable .
For the Second course , it was suggested that I try THE RAVIOLI AL BURRO E AGLI ASPARAGI , Homemade ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, set in a butter sauce with sage and Asparagus couldn't have been better. The Ravioli was perfectly cooked .
GNOCCHI SORRENTINO was a simple gnocchi dish tossed up with a cherry tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella . I was told that the flour used in it too comes from Italy trying to keep it as authentic.
For the final course ,the desserts . Sitting in a Italian restaurant had to have the TIRAMISU . Sponge biscuits soaked in coffee and layered with soft mascaporne cheese and dusted with cocoa was just melt in the mouth and divine .
THE PANACOTTA WITH FIGS AND ROASTED ALMONDS was undoubtedly one of the best Panacotta I've had in a long time. Beautifully set and served with a fig jam , roasted almonds and caramel , a crunchy contrast against the soft panacotta.
Hospitality at it's best with top notch service . They definitely deserve their awards .
My review is based on Vegetarian food.
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