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Savini is a welcome presence, making its mark as one of the few upmarket Italian establishments to open in KL in recent years – the setting is serene and stately, matched by a poised service team and a food selection that strives for a sense of sophistication.

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The kitchen is commanded by veteran Malaysian chef Azizan Shukri, whose 25-year-strong resume is a roll call that’ll be familiar to the city’s longtime Italian restaurant fans (remember the former Istana Hotel’s Bologna and One Bangsar’s Vincenzo?).

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Foie Gras

Savini’s repertoire is extensive, but fans of foie gras will have no trouble deciding on starters – two substantial slices of goose liver cushioned with pineapple, drizzled with Madagascan vanilla pod-infused honey (RM75), or a distinctively deluxe Caesar salad with crispy-fried cuts of foie galore scattered amid fresh leaves, a poached egg and charcoal-blackened croutons (RM99).

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Carb-loaded

For carbs, we were torn between the house-made pappardelle with salmon, ravioli with spinach and ricotta, and rigatoni with four cheeses; in cases like these, risotto often wins out – Savini’s rice surfaces in an attractive presentation with mushrooms and black truffles (RM59).

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Protein

The choice of protein also left us conflicted – smoked paprika-marinated cod with lobster bisque, charbroiled Angus fillet with truffled cheese cream, or lamb rack with eggplant confit? In the end, we settled for pan-seared knight fish, not a variety often seen on local menus, drenched in a caper butter sauce infused with vanilla and saffron (RM100).

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Splurging on a meal

If the meal calls for a major splurge, Savini aims to rise to the occasion – your best bets are the Alaskan king crab, with 500 grammes of crustacean flesh prepared in striking fashion with spaghettini aglio olio (RM298), or a mighty slab of Wagyu steak (MB7/9) that’s perfect for patrons craving a princely portion of robustly meaty beef (RM298).

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Memorable desserts

Desserts also exude a memorable flamboyance, with gelato and sorbet stealing the limelight – tiramisu is made extra-special with squid ink gelato (RM39), while charcoal buns come coupled with Perigord truffle gelato (RM19).

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Intriguing sorbet flavours are also offered, like balsamic or olive oil (RM17 each), buoyed by artistic plating that’s crafted to activate social media swooning.

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Cigar lounge and alcohol

Savini also comprises a cigar lounge and separate bar spaces for enjoying cocktails, wine and more. We relished the cocktails, which were smooth, well-balanced and easy to finish – fun temptations include An Evening In Paris (RM28; vodka, limoncello), Heartbreak Warfare (RM28; Bacardi Blanc, Bacardi Gold, Amaretto), Pink Panty (RM32; vodka, frangelico, cranberry juice) and Savini Martini (RM35; gin, vodka, white wine, green apple syrup).

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The wine list is satisfying, with Italian and French reds clocking in at between RM26-RM35 by the glass. Many thanks to the Savini team for having us here.

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Location & Details

Savini Italian Restaurant

Level 2, Lot 2-05, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.

Daily, 12pm-12am.

Tel: +014-338-8864

Find: View Savini’s directory here

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