Thanks to the wonderful invitation, I recently went to Villa Danieli at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel for the ‘Italian Street Food is Gourmet Gala Dinner’, a modern interpretation of Italian culinary tradition by award-winning Italian Star Chef Roberto Dal Seno presented by The Extraordinary Italian Taste.
Organized by The Embassy of Italy, Italy Trade Agency, and Italy Malaysia Business Association, The Extraordinary Italian Taste was held in conjunction with The World Week of Italian Cuisine that took place from 20 – 26 November 2017.
The Week of Italian Cuisine in the World is aimed to celebrate Italy’s incredibly varied regional cuisine and food traditions with a wide array of events promoting culinary culture and flavours to millions of consumers worldwide. The annual event also promotes Italy’s gastronomic culture abroad, exhibiting its quality and excellence, which takes place in over 100 countries across the world.
Several events were organized to promote top quality Italian cuisine – ‘Italian Street food is Glam’ held in Ciccheti di Zenzero, ‘Italian Street Food is Trendy’ held in The Wine Bar @ ONE KL and the one I had ‘Italian Street Food is Gourmet’ at Villa Danieli @ Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur.
Priced at RM299 nett per person, it was an amazing 5-course dinner with starter, pasta, main courses and dessert. We had the Roast Scallop with Potato Foam and Smoked Winter Garden for starter, followed by an interesting dish to me, Black Ink Risotto with Pumpkin Dripping, Oyster Dressing, and Lemon Air.
Next, we had Sea Bass Fillet Lemon Scent with Veggies Caponata in its Stock Reduction, as well as Lamb Loin with Coffee Hazelnut Crust, Jerusalem Artichoke, and Leek in its Ash for the satisfying mains. Last but not least, dinner was ended with sweet note in varieties of chocolate forms.
The unique Italian culinary experience was accompanied by a free flow of wines sponsored by LAZZARONI, VINICOLA CONSOLI and BOSCA TOSELLI (a non-alchoholic wine).
Although it is alcohol-free, I find this Consoli Grand Cuvee Spumante Brut & Bosca Toselli very nice on the palate. The team at Toselli selects and harvests white grapes only when the sweetness and acidity are perfectly balanced. On the tongue, acacia flowers and honey season the floral base notes with a pinch of acidity, while the timid straw-yellow colour is the backdrop for the aroma of grape-must.
There was also a lucky draw session and winners walked home with MOKA Express (Espresso maker for 3 cups), gift hampers from Bottega Mediterranea worth RM300 and Italian Fine Food worth RM350. The grand prize is a 2D1N stay at deluxe room with breakfast at essence for 2 pax, plus Mediterranean Seafood Galore Dinner Buffet at Villa Danieli for 2 pax, with a total value of RM1,398.
Guests were treated to watch the “Fifth Element”, a short video that evokes the whole Italian ability to transform raw materials, the fruit of the four natural elements into extraordinary products.
Culinary Arts students from Taylor’s University were involved in this dinner, where they had the opportunity to learn from Chef Roberto. ‘Best Performing Students’ were hand-picked by the chef and they received a dining gift voucher for the Mediterranean Seafood Galore Dinner Buffet at Villa Danieli for 2 pax and a bottle of BOSCO TOSELLI.
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