Have Yourselves a Merry La Risata Christmas!
More merriment awaits at La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante and it’s a delicious one too. This festive month, make sure to visit La Risata at Medan Damansara for an unforgettable holiday feast filled with lots of sumptuous Christmas or New Year dishes. Time is precious and holiday seasons do kept everyone exceptionally busy. With little time left for festive dinners, diners can now enjoy a feast at La Risata or at the very comforts of their own home with La Risata’s takeaway festive menu.
La Risata is one of my personal favorite places to dine. Opened since 1996, the restaurant also has another branch in Ampang. After my first visit last year, I really have a soft spot for this restaurant serving Italian cuisine. I was absolutely smitten with their pizza and pasta and had return on my own with my family to enjoy the dishes here.
This evening, a few of us gathered here again for a sneak peek at their Christmas and New Year’s menu. Going traditional, La Risata is offering a range of holiday classics where diners can mix and match to create their very own feast.
As mentioned again, La Risata’s pizza is superb! Made in their wood oven, the pizzas here have a really scrumptious rustic crust with their house made tomato sauce and choices of ingredients. We had their Pizza Mozzarella with a topping of homemade smoked mozzarella, anchovy and marinated grilled sweet peppers. Though it looks simple, the flavours are spot on. Lots of various sweetness from the tomato sauce and grilled peppers worked well with creamy and smoky mozzarella cheese with hints of salty anchovies.
Tonno Pinna Blu Alla Griglia Con Gnocchi Nero Di Seppia
The next dish of Grilled Blue Fin Tuna with Squid Ink Gnocchi in Lemon Butter Sauce showed off the chef’s creativity where he makes the softest and fluffiest gnocchi stained with squid ink. Smothered in a pool of citrusy creamy sauce and crowned with grilled tuna slices and rocket leaves, the dish had all the flavours of salty, sweet, tangy and finished with a hint of bitterness from the rockets leaves. I adored the little pillows of gnocchi so much I did had a few more than my serving.
Insalata Razzo E Pera
Minimal ingredients on a dish reaffirms that one only needs a few to make a dish stand out. The Rocket and Pear Salad with Lemon Dressing & Shaved Parmesan is one of such dishes. The light citrusy and bitter rocket leaves paired with sweet crisp pear slices and robust salty parmesan has great flavours and is further enhanced by a vibrant lemon vinaigrette.
What’s a Christmas feast without the classic turkey? La Risata’s Roast Turkey with Traditional Chestnut Stuffing, Roasted Vegetable with Cranberry Sauce and Giblet Sauce (RM338++) is certainly a treat for many. The Roast Turkey is beautifully moist and comes with lots of beautifully roasted Brussel sprouts, carrots and potatoes. The vegetables were cooked just right with a tender but firm Brussel sprouts, fluffy and creamy potatoes with a light crust and soft baby carrots. What makes this extra special is their house made giblet gravy and tangy cranberry sauce which we all cannot get enough off!
The Roast Turkey with Traditional Chestnut Stuffing, Roasted Vegetable with Cranberry Sauce and Giblet Sauce is available for dine-in or takeaway with advance notice. A 4kg turkey serves 10 to 12 persons. Should diners want individual servings instead of whole turkey, do call and ask as La Risata may have smaller servings available depending on availability.
La Risata’s Roast Leg of Lamb with Root Vegetable & Rosemary Sauce (RM228++) is simply the best lamb I have had this year. It is just cooked to perfection in my book. Cooked to medium with a lush pink inside, the lamb has a very moreish spice crust that really takes the flavours to a lusciousness. The meat is so juicy and tender that it was a crowd favorite that evening. The 3kg roast leg of lamb comes with sautéed chat potatoes, mixed vegetables and fresh rosemary sauce.
Every festive feast is never complete without desserts. La Risata is offering their festive signatures of Tiramisu (RM160++), Zucotto and Torta Di Zucca (RM80++).
Enjoy the classic Italian favorite of Tiramisu with its layers of coffee soaked sponge fingers and fluffy creamy mascarpone cheese. Finished with hits of bittersweet cocoa powder and fresh berries, it’s a dessert that continues to win many hearts all the time at an Italian meal.
Zucotto, a beautiful semi frozen dessert from Florence, Italy, also makes a show stopper in presentation. The dome is made from layers of cake and ice cream. There are alcohol versions and none alcohol ones too. The version here is gorgeous as we enjoyed the frozen fluffy and icy treat after a meal of meaty dishes. It really doubles as a palate cleanser and is refreshing as a finisher.
Torta Di Zucca
Saving the last and the best of dessert is Torta Di Zucca or Pumpkin Pie. This dessert took me to cloud nine. Not the ordinary pumpkin pie that I always enjoy, La Risata version is simply divine. A beautiful almond crust with a layer of spiced pumpkin finished with more almond crumbles, I fought hard for a second piece of this awesome pie. A must-order if you love pumpkin pie as this version really is fabulous and perfect for the festive holidays!!
The above selections are available from 5 December 2015 till 10 January 2016 (or while stocks last) from all La Risata outlets. Make your reservations and orders at least 3 days in advance to avoid disappointment this holiday!
Besides La Risata, do visit the group’s other restaurant, The Daily Grind for their festive menu of Xmas Burger (RM38), Roast Spring Chicken (RM48), Roast Mustard Lamb (RM48), Roast Turkey with Trimmings (RM338 – 5kg), OMG! Burger (RM380 – serves 8 to 12 pax) and more. Desserts of Red Velvet Log Cake (RM65 - 1kg), Salted Caramel Log Cake (RM85 – 1kg) and more are also available for dine-in or takeaway. Call 03 2287 6708 for reservation and orders. (Festive dishes take 3 days to prepare)
LA RISATA BAR PIZZERIA RISTORANTE
Medan Damansara Branch
128, Jalan Kasah,
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2095 9572
Fax: 03 2095 9589
16, Persiaran Ampang,
55000, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 4252 6269
Fax: 03 4257 9503