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Pastificio-K Homemade Pasta (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pastificio-K is a tiny pasta bar located in Kemang next to Signature Coffee. Created by the owner of Koi , it serves a wide range of homemade pastas that you can choose directly from the chiller. I counted at least 12 types of pastas such as ravioli, gnocchi, tagliatelle, conchiglie, gigli, rigatoni or maccheroni. It also sells Italian desserts like Tiramisu and Panna Cotta. The prices are rather low, starting IDR40,000++ for a 100g portion of home made pasta cooked with the sauce of your choice (toppings come with additional cost). 

Publik Markette vs Caffé Milano

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Following the opening of Central retail store and Uniqlo in Grand Indonesia, there has been a few new restaurants opening in this part of the mall. The two most popular are Publik Markette and Caffè Milano. I tried both of them for a quick double lunch on a weekday. In that same area, you also have Union Deli, Benedict and Nomz that I did not visit. Publik Markette was opened by Ismaya ( SKYE , Kitchenette , Pizza e Birra , Fook Yew, etc) and Caffé Milano is owned by the same people behind Union (some of which are also shareholders in Loewy , E&O and Cork & Screw ). The Union group's venues, concept and design, are more geared towards Westerners while Ismaya's concepts are very popular among local Indonesians and less among expats (except for a few venues such as Dragonfly ). Ismaya is usually more playful, more creative and innovative, while Union stays more classic and chic. Caffè Milano:

Sesto Senso by Hide Yamamoto (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Sesto Senso is an Italian restaurant owned by a Japanese Chef, Hide Yamamoto . Located in Lotte Mall Kuningan, it is similar in concept with other recently opened venues such as AW Kitchen and Popolamama . All of these are managed by Japanese but sell mostly Italian dishes. The design of Sesto Senso is modern minimalist, which made me feel like it was soulless, a bit as if I was sitting in the waiting room of a brand-new hospital. It is a good thing the waiters were warm and friendly to compensate for that feeling. I also enjoyed the view of Jakarta's skyline from the large window. The menu (available in detail here ) features all the popular Italian classics, particularly pasta. The prices are rather expensive, about 20% higher than average. Pocket Size Pizza Margarita (Rp89,000+21%) Spaghettini Aglio Olio Peperoncino (Rp85,000+21%)

AW Kitchen (by Akira Watanabe) - Italian Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
AW is a restaurant which was opened by a celebrity Chef (one more) named Akira Watanabe. I had never heard of that name and I am pretty sure you haven't either. From what I could find on the internet, he participated in a TV show called Iron Chef in 2009. He then probably read a book about how to turn one's name into a brand and went on to open several restaurants in Japan. The staff told me that he only came to Jakarta for a few days for the opening, then left and never came back. The current Chef is still Japanese though. Unlike what you could expect, the food in AW Kitchen is Italian, mostly pasta. It is rather expensive, but still reasonable considering you are in one of Jakarta's most luxurious malls.  The service was friendly but they did quite a big mistake as they brought my appetizer and my main course at the exact same time. The setting of the restaurant is fine as well, with a few original touches.

L'Osteria Italian Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
L'Osteria is an Italian restaurant located in the Senopati neighborhood. It serves pastas, steaks and oven-baked pizzas. I visited before lunch and the place was almost empty. Its design is modern and bright: It would probably be more appropriate if it was inside a mall. It lacked atmosphere, but fortunately the waiters and waitresses were very friendly and made me forget about this. I tried a Margarita pizza, priced at 75,000rp ++. This is rather expensive for Jakarta standards. It tasted fine, but it did not have an authentic Italian taste. In particular it was way too greasy. Overall : Average experience. I would not recommend unless you live nearby and you are lazy to go to cheaper pizza joints like Pepenero .

Cuadrilla Restaurant (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Cuadrilla is a small restaurant in Kemang, serving Italian, Spanish and Greek food. It has only a few tables and the prices are affordable. I tried the Greek Salad (47,000rp++) and the Pita Bread with Tzatziki (23,000rp ++). Considering the price, it was very decent. The Paella seems to be their signature dish so I would be happy to come back to try it. Overall : Recommended for lunch if you live in Kemang. They had fast wifi too and the waiters were very friendly. The music played was Latin mostly, including Bossa Nova, Manu Chao, and maybe Bonga (?).

Modi & Rosa Authentic Italian Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I saw Modi & Rosa from a taxi on Jalan Ampera and I immediately wanted to try it as it seemed like the kind of restaurants I enjoy: small, independent, and with a good value for money. I was a bit disappointed with the general atmosphere of the place. The decoration is minimal and there was no customers. It looks like a meeting room in a 3-star hotel. The waiters were friendly but they seemed bored to death. The music was not stable, sometimes there were songs, sometimes not. The music from the supermarket Jason's, at the lower level could be heard as well. They have a rather small Italian only menu, with mainly pastas (from 45,000rp++ to 95,000rp++), pizzas (from 35,000rp++ to 95,000rp++) and meat dishes (between 100,000rp++ and 200,000rp++). The oven for the pizza is electric. I took one of the dishes of the day, the Duck Confit Ravioli (65,000rp ++). The portion came very small, but it was very good. The raviolis were home-made and cooked perfectly with a de

La Luce Italian Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
La Luce is one of the most upmarket Italian restaurants in Jakarta. It was also voted the best Italian restaurant in Jakarta for 2014 by Now Magazine. It is located in the SCBD area, not too far from Pacific Place. It is currently headed by Chef Alessandro de Boni, formerly working in Il Mare Italian Restaurant in Mulia Hotel. I tried La Luce about a year ago but it is only now that I'm writing the review. I was reminded about my visit there when I met yesterday with its previous manager, Gianni, who now works in Balboni . La Luce does not have a very complicated design. It is rather simple, with an emphasis on the service and the food. Be warned: It is very expensive for Italian food, probably about the same than in Gaia (Altitude) . The restaurant will appeal to those looking for a fine dining experience, with all the formality and the extra attention. Personally, I don't need to have someone coming to my table to fill again my glass every time I have a sip

Balboni Italian Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Balboni is an upmarket Italian restaurant located in Kota Kasablanka Mall. It is the property of Mr. Lal De Silva,  an Australian national also the owner of the popular Harvest bakery shops, and Negev and Chateau Blanc restaurants. The concept of Balboni changed recently with the arrival of a new Italian General Manager, Andrea Gianini (who used to work in La Luce). Once a fusion Italian-Asian restaurant, Balboni is now a traditional Italian restaurant and it seems this new concept is more successful.

Mamma Rosy (Kemang)

By Nyoman →
The Italian Restaurant Mamma Rosy is quite unique in Jakarta. To my knowledge, it is the only one which is entirely managed by an Italian expat family. At the top, you have Daniel Vigone, the main owner and manager, his mom (Mamma Rosy) who is behind the kitchen, and several other family members which I could not identify but seemed like their children/wife/sister. To see the whole family in the restaurant and in the kitchen gives you quite a good first impression and makes you feel instantly at home. If you have a bit of imagination, you could even feel as if you went to Italy...

Altitude (Gaia, Salt Grill, Enmaru) @ The Plaza

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Altitude is a group of 3 restaurants located on the 46th floor of the Plaza tower, one of the most expensive office buildings in Jakarta (also home the the Keraton hotel). 46th floor, yes: Great view of course, but make sure to book in advance and ask for a table near the window (if possible in the angle of the building). Luckily for my wallet, I only tried one of the three restaurants, Gaia, the Italian. The food was good, but not spectacular for the price: 550k for one appetizer and one main course. The quality of the service and the attention that we got, not only from the waiters but also from the managers, including 3 foreigners, may have been what we are really paying in the restaurant. One thing felt very wrong: The music was clubbing style and they only had one CD. So we had Gangnam Style and Party Rock Anthem twice each in one evening. That's twice too much. In Altitude, there is also an Australian Steak House (Salt Grill) and a Japanese (Enmaru) that I haven

Fashion Pasta (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Fashion Pasta is a famous Italian restaurant in Bandung, and they opened their first franchise restaurant in Jakarta in the middle of 2011. The owner is Italian, but the management and the cook for the Jakarta branch are Indonesian. Located in Citywalk Sudirman, it is easily one of the best restaurant in this mall , and I predict it will expand soon to other venues. The menu, the quality of the food and the prices are very similar to that of Trattoria or PEPeNERO . The main difference I found is that the interior design of Fashion Pasta is cozier and more modern. In that sense, it looks like Sopra , in Pacific Place (much less expensive though). We tried the following dishes:

Pesto (Italian Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pesto is a stylish Italian restaurant specializing in pastas and pizzas. Its vintage, industrial design is quite similar to other venues in Jakarta such as Loewy , Potato Head or Immigrant . If you enjoyed the theme of those places, you should be delighted in Pesto.

PEPeNERO (Jakarta and Bali)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
PEPeNERO is a chain of Italian restaurants in Bali and Jakarta. They are almost copies of the Trattoria restaurants, so you can read my review about it also. I visited the PEPeNERO in Menara Karya, during lunchtime, and it was packed with both locals and expats. If you come with a group of people, I think you should always book in advance. The menu is large, written in Italian and English. Prices for a starter is around Rp50,000++, for main dish around Rp80,000++, and for a pizza around Rp50,000++. 

Italian Restaurants in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
There is a wide range of Italian restaurants in Jakarta, from fast-food pizza chains to fine dining options. I have tried, or heard of, the majority of the good places in Jakarta, and I hope this page will help you decide where you will find your favourite Italian food in the city.   Among the chains of restaurants, there are two names that are above the competition: Izzi Pizza and Pizza Marzano . The last one is actually a British brand, but they make thin crust pizza and they have a whole Italian menu. In none of these venues you will eat authentic Italian, but they have fair standards when it comes to quality and service. They can be found a bit everywhere, more specifically in malls, and the average price for a pizza is Rp80,000 and Rp60,000 for a plate of pasta. In the same price range, I advise you to try Pepenero and Trattoria , two favourites among Jakarta expats. Without sacrificing taste, they offer excellent value dishes in a quite authentic atmosphere. If you ar