Take a tasty trip to Italy in this new osteria in town!
By all accounts, the area around Jalan Gunawarman and Jalan Senopati has become a hot area for foodies in the capital. Torino is a city in Northern Italy with a rich culture and history. Now it’s the name of a new Italian restaurant in the South of Jakarta located on Jalan Gunawarman.
Opened in mid July, this airy, cozy restaurant is spotless and well-appointed with warm wood furniture. Green colored walls add a nice accent and there are also photos of the city of Torino decorating them. The cozy, neighborhood restaurant vibe inside can only come when an eatery is run by a family of passionate food lovers. Visitors instantly feel at home here.
I decided to meet my dear friend Clarissa for dinner, whose office is not too far from the new restaurant. Torino has several owners, and we were greeted by a couple of them. Italian owner-manager Davide Blaisi and his father, Massimo, had a chat with us about this osteria. An osteria in Italy is a simple, family-owned place serving hearty food. A kind of warung, if you will. And this is the concept that they brought to Torino.
OK, so Torino is a bigger version of an osteria, but the food is as authentic Italian as it gets. The menu is pretty straightforward. Chef Massimo has a masterful grasp of classic Italian cuisines, rich with tradition. This unpretentious restaurant serves hearty classic osteria fare and has a wonderful selection of Italian (and only Italian) wines.
We began with the Bruschetta (38k); sliced ciabatta bread, topped with fresh, tasty cherry tomato, some garlic, and basil. We started off on a nice note here.
Next up, for the main course I ordered the Ravioli Ricotta E Spinaci (80k); home made ravioli pasta, filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, with butter and sage. Clarissa chose the Rigatoni Dell’Osteria (95k); rigatoni pasta, with Italian pork sausage, and Taleggio cheese. The good Chef whipped out some type of creamy sauce for both dishes that just elevated the pasta to a whole new level.
We just couldn’t resist the pizza, though. From the look of other tables here at Torino, a lot of orders of the thin crusted, wood fired pizzas whisked out of the oven. So, Clarissa and I shared the Pizza Margherita (60k); pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil. Simplicity never tasted so good. The Formaggi (80k) looks like another delight; a mix of four cheeses (mozzarella, gorgonzola, ricotta, and parmesan) on a pizza. But I guess we’ll have to order it on our next visit.
Delicious desserts served as an ideal coda for our dinner; the Tiramisu (45k) and the Panna Cotta (35k) are sinfully scrumptious! Oh, and we also tried some classic Italian cocktails (150k, respectively), the Negroni – a mix of Campari, Martini Rosso, and gin, and the Americano – Campari, Martini Rosso, and soda. The Mojito (150k) is also superbly done here.
Yes, Jakarta already has its fair share of Italian eateries, but with reliably fresh ingredients and delicious pasta dishes, there’s little doubt that Torino Osteria can match anything the others have to dish out. And of course, the father and son duet of chef Massimo and manager Davide Blaisi ensures that your entire dining experience is definitely wonderful. (Budi Iskandar)
Jl.Gunawarman 11 A,
Ph.: (021) 722 0267
(later on weekend)
closed on monday