KL Restaurant Week – La Risata

I had a pretty busy last week but made time to try out the food at La Risata as my dear friend Jacquee very kindly sent us an invite to sample any one of the restaurants participating in the very first KL Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week are held in many countries and basically the participating restaurants would create a special fixed price menu to attract new customers. This year, we have 45 restaurants offering special lunch/dinner menu and I have chosen La Risata because we both love Italian food and the location was convenient enough. The company of Missyblurkit and hubby was a bonus too.
Bread with Olive Tapenade
Bread with Olive Tapenade

I love a good Olive Tapenade and this was made well, perfect topping for the fluffy bread.

We were served quite a lot of dishes to cover both the lunch and dinner menu. So here’s our platter of very impressive starters (which would be available on the dinner menu only)

carppaccio di manzo, frittura di calamari, funghi alla  griglia & pate di fegatini con crostini
Carppaccio di manzo, frittura di calamari, funghi alla
griglia & pate di fegatini con crostini

What a sight to behold! The aroma of the sauteed mushrooms and fried calamari rings hit my nose first. But it was that liver pate that attracted my attention straightaway. Indeed. It was rich, creamy with that signature metallic taste I love and paired so well with the garlic crostini (the crostini themselves were tasty enough, I mean, just look at the luscious golden hue!

Another view
Another view

The beef carppaccio was tender and with a touch of Parmigiano-Reggiano and raw mushrooms, this was an explosion of flavours. I didn’t mind the fried calamari rings, they were cooked well and quite tender. The mushrooms made up a bit of our vegetable quota.

Pollo Facito
Pollo Facito

Very lovely presented was the deep fried chicken breast stuffed with ricotta and spinach. Sounds like my kind of dish! Considering it was chicken breast, I was surprised how juicy and tender the meat was. The spinach stuffing was my favourite part. Light flavours perfectly executed.

Pizza Frutti Di Mare Mixed Seafood, garlic, basil, tomato & mozzarella
Pizza Frutti Di Mare
Mixed Seafood, garlic, basil, tomato & mozzarella

Also available on the lunch menu is the mixed seafood pizza. I’m not a big fan of their pizzas because the crust was too fragile to handle. Otherwise, the toppings tasted alright.

Spaghetti Alla Risata Mixed seafood in a hearty tomato sauce & baked in foil
Spaghetti Alla Risata
Mixed seafood in a hearty tomato sauce & baked in foil

This is only available on their dinner menu and it’s definitely a comfort dish. The seafood was sufficiently fresh and the pasta sauce has a great depth of flavour with a touch of ocean. We took a little too long to get to the dish though so the pasta has softened a little bit by the time we tried it. But nonetheless pretty good pasta dish.

Wood fired oven roasted beef ribs in a reduction of red wine sauce on a  bed of mashed potato
Wood fired oven roasted beef ribs in a reduction of red wine sauce on a
bed of mashed potato

And here comes the red meat! I am kinda on a no red meat diet so only tried a little bit of this. The meat wasn’t tender enough for my liking but the mash was good. I think the brown sauce is also a little one dimensional for me. But my lunch companion enjoyed it.

Stinco D’Agnello Wood fired oven braised lamb shank in a rosemary sauce on a bed of  mashed potato
Stinco D’Agnello
Wood fired oven braised lamb shank in a rosemary sauce on a bed of
mashed potato

Hahaha what does Stinco mean in Italian? Anyone knows? I am definitely off Lamb so didn’t get to try this one. The brown sauce looks and tastes very similar to the beef dish though (I had a bit of the carrot).

Pizza Vegetali RM27 Grilled eggplant, roasted cherry tomato, pinenut, pesto, ricotta cheese, tomato & mozzarella.
Pizza Vegetali RM27 – Grilled eggplant, roasted cherry tomato, pinenut, pesto, ricotta cheese, tomato & mozzarella.

To cater for the vegetarian (Frank) we had the Pizza Vegetali which had a pesto base. It was much too oily for his liking though. This is not included in their KLRW menu by the way.

Panna Cotta with Strawberry sauce.
Panna Cotta with Strawberry sauce.

The panna cotta was textbook perfect with a telltale wobble when it hits the table. Creamy and smooth, complemented by the slightly tangy strawberry sauce. I enjoyed this very much.

So here’s a whole menu for your viewing pleasure, some of the items are only available at their other branch in Ampang, so do take note. The menu does not include beverages but they do have a good selection of wine and beers.

LA RISATA LUNCH MENU RM38nett
• Gnocchi Di Semolina Alla Romano
Roman semolina gnocchi with smoked duck, tomato, parmesan cheese
& rocket salad
 
• Lasagna Di Carne
Freshly baked layered pasta filled with mozzarella & a creamy minced
beef & tomato sauce
OR
Pappardelle Al Ragu D’Agnello (only available at their Ampang outlet)
Freshly made pasta ribbons with lamb ragu
OR
Pollo Facito
Deep-fried bread crumbed chicken breast stuffed with ricotta & spinach
OR
Pizza Frutti Di Mare
Mixed Seafood, garlic, basil, tomato & mozzarella
• Panna Cotta
Smooth cream pudding with strawberry sauce
LA RISATA DINNER MENU RM78nett
• Antipasti Misti
A selection of carppaccio di manzo, frittura di calamari, funghi alla
griglia & pate di fegatini con crostini
• Spaghetti Alla Risata
Mixed seafood in a hearty tomato sauce & baked in foil
OR
Salmone Alla Griglia Con Pesto
Pan-grilled salmon fillet with a pesto sauce served with a vegetable
caponata
OR
Stinco D’Agnello
Wood fired oven braised lamb shank in a rosemary sauce on a bed of
mashed potato
OR
Petto Di Manzo Con Vino Rosso
Wood fired oven roasted beef ribs in a reduction of red wine sauce on a
bed of mashed potato
• Cannoli
Sicilian fried pastry shell filled with a sweet ricotta cream dipped in
chocolate & pistachio bits

KL Restaurant Week starts on the 4th Oct and ends on the 11th Oct, with menu prices start from RM20 nett for lunch and RM50 nett for dinner. Reservations can only be made online on www.klrestaurantweek.com on a first come first serve basis and the last day to book is the 29th of September so do hurry up! Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KLRestaurantWeek for more updated info!

La Risata:
Ampang
16 Persiaran Ampang,
55000 Kuala Lumpur.
T: +603 4252 6269

Medan Damansara
128 Jalan Kasah,
Medan Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
T: +603 2095 9572
www.la-risata.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Risata/111300012274827

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13 thoughts on “KL Restaurant Week – La Risata

  1. Drooling over the beef…and the panna cotta certainly looks a lot better than the miserable one I had at a so-called Italian restaurant here. Must give it another chance should I see it on the menu anywhere else.

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