Just how good a restaurant is can be judged by the number of people passing through its doors daily. IN Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the locals regularly visit Little Italy restaurant, on the ground floor of Capital Hotel, opposite Wisma Merdeka shopping centre for authentic Italian dishes and savoury pizzas! Many also bring foreign guests and visitors here as this is one place where everyone gets filled to the brim since the orders come in farily large portions, piping hot and yummy to the end.
The secret for Little Italy’s success lies in the way the ingredients are prepared, fresh everyday and cooked in a special oven for the unique flavour. As a family-run restaurant the food too are treated as such, using fresh vegetables, cuts of meat and each sauce made using traditional spices and herbs everyday; they know how important quality of the taste is and nothing beats freshly cooked meals! The favourites here are Filetto ai fungli (New Zealand beef fillet with generous serving of fresh mushrooms sauce), Agnella alla carigllia (lamb chops grilled to perfection with fresh vegetables of the day) and Pollo alla cacciatora (savoury chicken served with rice or pasta) and new main courses are added over time to add on the choices available. Usually, guests start with their appetizers, which come in eight choices while the homemade pastas have over fifteen flavours to try out and all daily fresh!
Naturally, pizza, the Italian iconic dish, is a big hit here, not only with children but parents and office workers as they are just perfect for a satisfactory meal among friends. Enjoy the desserts in the relaxing restaurant after meal as these too come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavours! It is no wonder that Little Italy has been awarded with the top prize by the state tourism board for its unique flavours, adding to the charms of visiting this “Land Below the Wind”.
First time visitors here get special attention as the various dishes are explained to them to make the preferred selections. Many unfamiliar with Italian dishes can walk out after a meal here with a string of Italian phrases and names to always remember. The restaurant is also a favourite among the lunch crowd and evening diners due to its cozy atmosphere and location in the heart of the entertainment centre in the capital city. In Little Italy, everyone is treated like a friend with fast and courteous services as well as a smile! Visit it soon and check out the daily fresh special meals that put a smile on your face each time!