If you are looking for serious Italian food in the city, then rest assured because we can point you to some really good ones, but do keep in mind that we’re not only talking about pizza and spaghetti here, we are talking about serious culinary heritage that differs from the North and South, serious culinary culture that stretches back for centuries, and serious culinary culture that involves more than just olive oil, pasta, vegetables, and fish. Here are five of our favorite Italian restaurants in the city that does not only serve the finest Italian fare, but also the most passionate and authentic.
There is an authentic note of North Italian cuisine at Il Mare that we simply can’t resist. Coupled with the soothing ambiance that is exuded by the restaurant’s calming charm, Il Mare is definitely one of the best destination for an Italian restaurant in town that you can visit whether for a hefty business lunch that they also offer in packages or romantic candlelight dinner for you and your significant other to enjoy.
Hotel Mulia Senayan, Ground Floor
Jl. Asia Afrika Senayan,
(+62-21-5753272 ext. 4708 & 4588)
Owned and operated by Chef Michele Cuozo who has long been one of the very few respected Italian chefs in Indonesia, Black Sheep offers authentic home-made Southern Italian cuisine with close similarities to the Mediterranean diet. Freshly prepared using the freshest of ingredients, it is not strange for diners to be casually meeting up with the owner and head chef, as he often-times spends his days at the restaurant and interacting with guests. When you are dining at this establishment, make sure that you order some of their best menus like the Caciucco Con Crostini (Seafood soup), Carpaccio di Manzo and Bistecca Alla Fiorentina.
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 2
Rosso at The Shangri-La Jakarta is one of the capital’s definite destination when it comes to good authentic Italian food. With warm ambiance and calming nuance, the restaurant’s charm comes from its brilliant food selections and more than 200 wine selections from Italy, French, and other European regions.
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1
Apart from its wood-fired pizza and the finest selection of wines, Bruschetta whips up some of the meanest and passionate Italian home cooking. Located on the third floor of the famous Hotel Borobudur, Bruschetta remains as passionate as it has ever been when recently they did a major haul on all their menu and returned to the authentic taste of Italian cuisine. Our personal favourites are the insalata piemontese and the lamb shank with herb sauce.
Hotel Borobudur Jakarta
Jl. Lapangan Banteng Selatan
(+62-21-3805555 ext. 73300)
Italian home cooking has never taste better than the one at Mama Rosy. Located in the heart of Kemang, Mama Rosy has been the number one destination for those looking for Italian comfort food with a hint of authenticity on all its dishes. Daniel Vigone, who founded the restaurant prepares everything with his mother, Rosa Vignolo, behind the kitchen counter, which initially makes everything at the restaurant is as authentic as it can be.
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 58