Italian with a slice of Jazz
True, Italian food seems to come in abundance around the Valley, but authentic Italian food goes beyond the pizzas and pastas that seem to play its poster kids; while many kitchens focus on revamping their recipes to suit the local palate, Nero Fico (as well as sister outlets Nero Vivo, Nero Feca and High Tide) is adamant on presenting Italia the way it is and should be. “We want people to know Italian food that they would know what to order in Italy,” confirms Chef Riccardo Ferrarotti, also director or The Island Group, which has been running the Nero chain since 2009.
Of the four restaurants, Nero Fico paints a more laid back, simple but sophisticated atmosphere with live jazz bands every Friday and Saturday night. Located at the beginning of Jalan Dungun in Damansara Heights, where the likes of Jarrod & Rawlins and The Hill lay up ahead; this ristorante is great for customers who want to wine and dine out but prefer not to be caught the bustle of KL, Bangsar or a typically busy bar stretch. And of course, it’s for lovers of Italian cuisine.
The menu is designed with precision; important ingredients like special herbs, pastas, olive oil and the like are imported from motherland Italy itself, and we are psyched to report that Nero Fico gets the risotto right. Their Prawn and Spinach Risotto (RM34) speaks perfection, as well as their Fresh Tortelli (stuffed with wild mushrooms in a butter and thyme sauce, topped with pan fried foie gras; RM30). If you want to stick to pizzas but have a whopping adventure, go for Pizza Marittima (a heap of seafood over mozzarella and tomato; RM36).
Pair your dishes up with a bottle of wine from their cellar (about 80% of their wines are Italian – but of course) or a glass of Italian beer. Also, look out for more features being added to the NeroFico calendar – Chef Ferrarotti tells us he’s considering some comedy, and more jazz!
Ground Floor Wisma Perintis, 47 Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights, Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
8am-late from Monday-Saturday, 6pm-late on Sundays
After 5pm it's RM3 per entry
The advertising crowd, jazz enthusiasts and expats living in Damansara