What the Italians have coined with la dolce vita (an Italian way of life characterised by the seeking of sensible pleasure and luxe) seems to be a concept that makes more sense to covet as we grow into full-fledged adults. Amid the hustle and bustle, we yearn a little repose to enjoy the fruits of our labour, and nothing speaks more than a glorious feast to celebrate the occasion. This is an idea that Amalfi Ristorante embraces wholly at their restaurant on Jalan Hang Tuah, just a stone’s throw away from the neighbourhood of Pakubuwono.
As the name suggests, Amalfi Ristorante is inspired by the Italian coastal town where culinary flair meets the bounties of the Mediterranean Sea to create a cuisine that boasts maritime flavours. From Italian classics to unique signatures, patrons will take on a culinary journey through a variety of dishes that honour the region’s best. The view of Italian towns on tall cliffs might not accompany the pleasure of this dine-in, but the leisurely ambience and flavours will exceed.
While in Rome, do as the Romans do. Your feast begins with aperitivo such as the Amalfi Fritz (a sparkly wine cocktail with gin and elderflower in the mix) to pair with a light bite and restaurant-favourite, Spidini di Carne (marinated skewered wagyu) or Amalfi Pizza (white sauce Neapolitan pizza with truffles, mushroom and basil). Although not seafood-based, it’s an opening act you will not regret while the main courses are on their way.
An arresting signature at Amalfi is the Spaghetti all’Aragosta, a royal pasta dish cooked with bisque, tomato sauce and a whole lobster. With portions that can vary on the lobster’s size, it’s a dish that is ultimately best enjoyed as a party. Elsewhere, if seafood isn’t what your picky-eater friend fancies, it’s nothing to fret for the menu extends to a variety of homemade classics, like the Ravioli Al Tartufo (porcini mushroom pasta with creamy truffle sauce) or Ravioli Al Gorgonzola (spinach and ricotta stuffed pasta drenched in Italy’s blue cheese sauce).
Come for a date or as an ensemble looking to celebrate. With an alfresco abode shaded away from the heat of the city, Amalfi Ristorante serves an experience that will bring a smile to anyone’s face whether patrons are here for the culinary goods or the atmosphere of la dolce vita.