Little Italy

If the way to a man’s heart is indeed through his stomach, then food lovers across Kota Kinabalu should all be steered towards the direction of Little Italy located on the ground floor of Hotel Capital. With its highly satisfying and diverse northern Italian menu, it is no surprise that this casual eatery packs a jovial buzz nearly every night of the week. The chefs avoid showiness and gastronomic trends by focusing on serving home cooked meals using authentic recipes that are over 50 years old.
Unbuckle a button and start off a comforting meal with antipasti such as the Melanzane alla Parmigiana (luxuriant layers of eggplants baked with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes), Carpaccio di Manzo e Salmone (thinly sliced beef carpaccio and smoked salmon served with capers, onions and garlic bread) or Frittura Mista di Pesce (a medley of deep fried seafood and vegetables accompanied by three types of dipping
sauces). Weight watchers need not fret as there are a variety of vegetarian and low fat options that are equally flavoursome. Proceed with a primo or main course like the Ravioli Combo Fiesta where customers can mix and match three types of ravioli with a choice of 29 types of sauces. Highly recommended is the Chicken Ravioli with Arrabbiata (tomatoes sautéed with fried garlic and parsley), Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli drenched in Quattro Formaggi (a creamy combination of Danish blue, emmenthal, mozzarella and parmesan cheese) and Mushroom Ravioli tossed in Panna e Funghi (fresh mushrooms simmered in white wine and cream).
The culinary adventurer can opt for the Gnocchi di Patate (boiled dumplings made of flour and mashed potatoes) cooked in Emiliana (bolognese sauce spiked with white wine and cream) or the peculiar looking Risotto al Nero di Seppia (an addictive black squid ink concoction). And for the finale? Chocoholics can indulge in the heavenly Chocolate Mousse or Chocolate Almond Cake served with vanilla ice cream. Coffee lovers, however, will enjoy the sinful Affogato al Caffe (zabaglione gelato drowned in imported espresso) or classic Tiramisu.
Little Italy is located at Jalan Haji Saman (across from Wisma Merdeka), Kota Kinabalu. Business hours are from 10.30am to 11pm daily. For reservations, please call or fax to +60 88 232231 or visit

(The New Sabah Times)