Who doesn’t love a plate of pasta? Pasta is versatile, delicious and fulfilling. So, whether you prefer the good old classic bolognese and carbonara or something different with a unique Asian twist, check out these 10 Pasta Places To Try in Klang Valley, listed in alphabetical order.
1) Basil Pasta House @ Kuchai Lama
True to its name, Basil Pasta House is primarily known for its pasta dishes. Their menu is basically divided into two: Classic Pasta and House Pasta. One thing for sure, you’ll be spoilt for choices ranging from Aglio Olio e Peperoncino to Squid Ink & Black Mussel and Spaghetti Madras Curry & Crispy Pork Chop.
Address: 21, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 12 pm to 3 pm & 4 pm to 10 pm & Sat-Sun 12 pm to 10 pm | Tel: 03-7972 8884
2) Dave’s Bistro Bar & Grill @ 1 Utama
Dave’s mouthwatering pasta selections consist of both meat and seafood varieties. Some of their recommended items include Dave’s Spaghetti Bolognese (ragu with beef & pork meatballs, herbs and parmesan) and Bacon & Meatball Carbonara (creamy fettuccine with smoky bacon, homemade meatballs and button mushrooms).
Address: G209, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 11 pm | Tel: 03-7725 4017
3) Grano Pasta Bar @ APW Bangsar
Expect freshly-made pasta when you dine at Grano Pasta Bar. And while the menu has limited choices, their range of pasta dishes is no doubt an interesting mix of classic and gourmet dishes. Love something old-school? Try their carbonara, which is served with pork pancetta, egg yolk and pecorino romano. For seafood lovers, the white wine-infused Spaghetti Alla Chittara packs a hearty combination of cuttlefish, roe, prawn and smoked salmon. They even include meat-free pasta, as evidently seen in Spaghetti Aglio e Pepperoncino served with zucchini and cherry tomato.
Address: 29, Jalan Riong, APW Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12.15 pm to 3 pm & 6 pm to 10.30 pm | Tel: 03-2788 3595
4) La Risata @ Persiaran Ampang & Medan Damansara
Since 1999, La Risata has garnered a loyal following with its authentic Italian cuisine ranging from their traditional wood-fired pizzas to pasta. But let’s talk about their pasta, where words like “flavourful” and “wholesome” definitely fit the description. Meaty pasta varieties like Lasagna Di Carne (baked pasta with mozzarella, creamy minced beef & tomato sauce) and Spaghetti Polpette Di Carne (spaghetti with gourmet beef meatballs in tomato sauce) are both fulfilling. And so do their seafood-heavy choices, namely La Risata’s signature baked Spaghetti Alla Risata and Spaghetti Con Arracosta, which is served with juicy baby lobster.
Address: (Persiaran Ampang) 16, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 55000 Kuala Lumpur & (Medan Damansara) 128, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Daily 12 pm to 2.30 pm & 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm (Persiaran Ampang) / Mon-Thurs 12 pm to 2.30 pm & 6 pm to 10.30 pm, Fri-Sun 12 pm to 2.30 pm & 6 pm to 11 pm (Medan Damansara) | Tel: 03-4252 6269 (Persiaran Ampang) & 03-2095 9572 (Medan Damansara)
5) Pasta Boy Cafe @ Damansara Perdana
Pasta Boy Cafe sure knows a thing or two about dishing out various kinds of pasta. Let’s see, they basically cover everything from Mama Spaghetti Aglio served with smoked chicken ham to Salmon Fettucine Carbonara and Mongolian Chicken Chop Spaghetti. And of course, its reasonable price makes the cafe such a favourite among many local pasta lovers.
Address: G18, Jalan PJU 8/3a, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9 am to 9.30 pm | Tel: 03-7498 1923
6) Pasta Zanmai @ Various Locations
If you frequent many shopping malls, you would probably be familiar with Pasta Zanmai. As the name suggests, they are known for their Japanese-style pasta with dishes like Salmon Wafu Pasta (grilled salmon spaghetti), Hotate Spicy Pasta (pan-fried scallop spicy spaghetti) and Seafood Omu Yaki Pasta (seafood & omelette fried spaghetti).
Address: Various Locations | Opening Hours: Daily 10 am to 10 pm except for 1 Utama outlet: Sun-Thurs 10 am to 10 pm & Fri-Sat 10 am to 10.30 pm | Tel: 03-7728 1210 (1 Utama) / 03-7492 0710 (Sunway Pyramid) / 03-2856 9860 (Nu Sentral) / 03-6419 0933 (1 Mont Kiara) / 03-5637 1910 (Empire Shopping Gallery) / 03-7492 1013 (Paradigm Mall)
7) Portofino @ Lucky Garden, Bangsar & Bangsar South
If you are longing for homemade pasta that tastes as close as the real deal, you’re in luck here. Portofino serves different kinds of pasta here, namely Baked Lasagna, Squid Ink Spaghetti and Gnocchi Blue Cheese. Vegetarian and seafood lovers are not left out as well, with delectable choices such as Spinach Ravioli and Seafood Cannelloni.
Address: (Lucky Garden) 1, Persiaran Ara Kiri, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur & (Bangsar South) No 1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South City, The Sphere, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 11 pm (Lucky Garden) & 10.30 am to 11 pm (Bangsar South) | Tel: 016-775 2387 (Lucky Garden) & 016-697 9741 (Bangsar South)
8) Retro Kitchen @ SS2
Reasonable prices and a homey ambience are part of the charm that made Retro Kitchen a crowd favourite. Then, there’s the pasta — blending classic and fusion varieties such as Bacon & Ham Carbonara, Wild Fungi Aglio and the more localised Roasted Pork Curry.
Address: 8, Jalan SS 2/61, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Tues, Thurs-Sun 12 pm to 3 pm & 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm | Tel: 03-7873 0036
9) Sassorosso @ Lorong Yap Kwan Seng
At Sassorosso, it’s all about great food and quality ingredients. They serve authentic Italian dishes, with pasta selections such as Duck Ravioli, Mixed Fresh Seafood Spaghetti and Squid Ink Tagliatelle. Look out for their weekday set lunch menu, which comes with a choice of starters or soup, main course, dessert and coffee/tea.
Address: 9, Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 12 pm to 3 pm & 6 pm to 11 pm, Fri 12 pm to 3 pm & 6 pm to 12 am, Sat 6 pm to 12 am | Tel: 03-2166 6428
10) Skillet At 163 @ Fraser Place
It’s European meets Asian at Skillet @ 163. Here, you will get unique offerings such as Baked Chicken Satay Penne with Cheese and the curry-infused Skillet Aglio Olio. Not comfortable with fusion pasta? They also serve classic varieties with the likes of beef/chicken served in either creamy carbonara or bolognese style.
Address: 163, Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur, 10, Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Daily 11.30 am to 11 pm | Tel: 03-2181 2426