Sassolino: Classic Italian and Greek Cuisine
Located on the corner of Star Boulevard KLCC sits Sassolino, an Italian restaurant with a twist. The eatery not only serves classic Italian fare, but with a touch of Mediterranean inspired by chef owner Giovanni Koromilas’ Greek heritage. From their deep-fried pizza to their spanakopita, a multilayered flaky pastry Greek spinach and feta tart, the simple dishes are some of the best classic dishes you’ll find in Kuala Lumpur.
The Sassolino Menu
Sassolino serves a variety of classic Italian dishes, from their pizzas to their pasta, but what makes it unique is its adherence to classic unadulterated recipes. Because chef owner Giovanni Koromilas is also of Greek heritage, the menu also consists of traditional Greek dishes. Some Italian highlights would include the pizza fritta, which Giovanni lovingly calls ‘pizza goreng’, having lived in Malaysia for almost 20 years.
Kristian Sperra & Giovanni Koromilas
“Sassolino is part of the Sassorosso family of restaurants that has been in the market for 14 years, but Sassolino It is just a year old and located at Star Boulevard. Sassolino is headed by Chef is Kristian Sperra, originally pizza chef, who is passionate about Italian and Mediterranean cooking. We call it “Italian with a Twist” because we not only serve Italian but Mediterranean cuisine as well. We serve dishes from different Italian regions as original as is if you were in Italy. We use authentic Italian products air flown in from Italy, no recipe modifications, you dine as if you are in Italy. Our wine selection is from every Italian region and compares to none in Malaysia, not only wines but a fine selection of grappas, gin and craft beer. From our Italian menu, we suggest you try our Porchetta, fried pizza, original carbonara with guanciale. Our homemade ravioli that change every week and home-baked cakes, and from the Greek menu we think you’ll like the spanakopita (spinach pie), Greek salad and mousaka.” — Giovanni Koromilas, Chef Owner of Sassolino.
Spinach, feta and flaky pastry
A traditional Greek dish, the spanakopita is a pie filled with spinach and feta in an extremely flaky and crisp pastry. The layering is reminiscent of a baklava but with a flavourful spinach and feta filling.
Burrata, prosciutto di parma, tomatoes and rocket
Another Italian classic, the burrata was served simply on a bed of rocket and sweet tomatoes drizzled with olive oil. The burrata is perfectly complemented with slivers of prosciutto giving the dish a balance of sweet-savoury, creamy and umami in different textures.
Pizza Fritta “Pizza Goreng”
Parma ham, mozzarella cheese, tomato in a fried bread
A simple yet unexpected dish, the pizza fritta, also called the “pizza goreng” is an off-menu item that is reminds you of a calzone, but is deep fried. What makes this dish a stand out is that the dough itself is very fluffy, crispy and not greasy. The filling of parma ham with mozzarella and tomato adds a great texture and the steam and aroma that is released when its cut open.
Homemade Salmon Ravioli
Creamy pumpkin sauce and capsicum coulis
The dish was prepared in a perfectly cooked ravioli, not over cooked, and not under, with the texture just right. The salmon was cooked well, without a grainy texture that can happen with mince fish, but maintained its soft texture.
Traditional Spaghetti Carbonara
Crispy pancetta, pecorino and black pepper
Sossolino also does carbonara the traditional way, with simply pancetta, pecorino and egg yolks, without addition of cream as some places do. The simple dish is cooked al dente, with a nice but and a naturally thick sauce from the eggs.
Grilled Homemade Pork Sausage Twist
Potato, onion cake, half grilled tomato, thyme and rosemary
The pork sausage was decent and came in a generous portion. This is definitely more for those who prefer a leaner sausage as opposed to a fattier one. We recommend speaking to to chef to enquire about the fattiness if it will suite your preference.
Marconi 46 Gin & Tonic
A unique aspect with Sossolino is that they also carry a nice selection of wines, which boasts the best Italian wine selection in Kuala Lumpur. Other than that, they also are the sole carriers of the Italian Marconi 46 gin by Poli Grappa with its fruity and lemon balm undertones.
The Sassolino Experience
Sassolino may be new, but is definitely one of the more affordable and delicious serving traditional Italian fare. Their set lunches start from RM25+ for a 2 course and RM36+ for the 3 course and will be starting a Prosecco promotion from 12 noon to 4 pm at RM90+ per bottle and from 4 pm to closing at RM128+.
For more Italian restaurant reviews, see Italian Cuisine.
Star Boulevard KLCC,
1, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2181 0641
Monday to Friday, 12.00 noon to 11.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8.30 am to 11.00 pm
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