We-feel-like-italians-day meals@Tosca, Doubletree Hilton

Today, we dine as italians.

Today, we want all things carb.

A wide array of freshly toasted bread as appetizers. Mini ciabattas, breadsticks, crispbread all warmly served. Seriously, we could eat this and skip the mains. I was tempted for the second piece but painfully resisted.

Pizza was hugeeeeee. Might i say. The toppings were a little insincere but its light yet fluffy thin dough layer made up for its overall taste. Though it looked huge, we all agreed if we were starving we might just be able to finish the entire pizza, ALONE. This chicken pizza total damage: RM 34. Advisable to share for smaller eaters.

Pasta: for one who constantly cooks, sometimes i can’t tell why pastas cost so much. Ive yet to crave any pasta, except the duck confit pasta from Ben’s. This pasta was a very simple pasta, nothing much to shout about. I think it was tagged around rm30.

Nice view though, by the pool and the hotel was nicely structured which allowed this open space to have breeze blowing in constantly. It would be nice to have a romantic dinner here.


Guibbe Rosse@Piazza Della Republica, Florence

 Florence is a beautiful place. Love the scenery, the people, the ambience, the atmosphere. It was a slightly gloomy day in Florence, little drizzles and showers throughout making walking around slightly difficult. As it was our final night in Italy, we decided to splurge on a good meal. When we found some free wifi, we did a quicksearch and it seemed that this was a good place for a good meal.

 Home brewed beer. EURO 4. Very, good, fizzy, floral, yeasty beer. One of the better beers I drank in Italy. BUT…..

 Check out the size. This was their 1/2 pint. SO TINY. Unlike the other EURO 3/4 worth pint beers i drank which was at least 330 c. Pricey, phew. Lucky it was good.

 The only thing I dislike about the appetizer bread served in Italy. Besides charging you for the bread (unlike in Msia, all bread free flow) about EURO 2, they are usually cold and hard, and no olive oil and balsamic vinegar is served unless asked. With such hardened and cold bread, its unlikely to swallow it down without any dipping sauce. The only place which we had lightly toasted appetizer bread was in Siena, and boy we were so happy!

 This pizza…. WOO LALA. Was oh so good. Extremely authentic, and the salami i must say, very flavourful and spicy. They were very generous with the cheese toppings. Every slice we pulled out, had the ‘Pizza Hut commercial” stringy cheese effect (when you order a real pizza from PH, chances are you will not get that stringy effect). Thin crunchy crusted. Yums. EURO 9.

 My colleague, a “Fan Thung” (Rice Barrel, literal translation) has to eat rice at least once a day. He ate a risotto meal almost everyday. Needless to say, this dinner is not excluded from his rice obsession. It was soooooo creamy. Only guys can eat those, ladies will flee when they see this. Carbs, and fats. EURO 9.

We could not finish the pizza. Ala Msian style, TAPAO! Was pleasantly surprised how pretty the take-away box was. It became our lunch food on the train next day, heading back to Rome.