Santini, Tropicana Mall


I haven’t had pizzas for a while..and was starting to crave for some..
which then reminded me of this long forgotten post..

In my humble opinion, there are only a few places worthy of me paying for pizza.. and Santini got my vote for being one of them. Especially if you dig wood fire ones..and since moi here haven’t tried the ‘higher- end‘ ones in Chiaroscuro at 38, Bedara or NeroTeca/vivo/or fico and so forth..and a while back we did try The Coconut House in 3 2 Square, Sect 14 of which the owner boasted of being the only restaurant that uses 100% woodfire without any gas-assisted device, & then proceeded to serve us a limp pizza, I’ll stick to Santini for now.

santini

We were there on 2 different occasions, and both times the quality and taste was consistent, and hence I wouldn’t mind going back to staple their other varieties.
Not in the mood for pizza? You can order from San Francisco’s menu and still dine in Santini.

Pollo E Pancetta.
Tomato, mozzarella cheese, roasted chicken, beef bacon, fresh tomato and oregano.
RM14.90.

pollo pancetta

This is good! Very fresh ingredients coupled with just enough cheese not to be overwhelming.
The cubes of chicken must have been marinated with some seasoning before tossed onto to the pizza for though it looked plain and white, it was very tasty.
The pizza base was soft in the middle and crisp and thin at the sides with some parts nicely singed.

Giardiniera.
Pesto, mozzarella cheese, grilled zucchini, grilled eggplant, grilled capsicum, button mushroom
and articoke.
RM14.90.

giardiniera

I like zuchini. I like eggplants. I like articokes. And I like them grilled.
Better still, make ’em toppings on my pizza.

And it did not disappoint. Ssssmoky and sweet, who said vegetarian pizzas are boring?

Diavola.
Tomato, mozzarella cheese, chilli, beef pepperoni and black olives. RM12.90.

pepperoni
A bit of sting from the chillis and good quality pepperoni (tasted completely different from your Dominoes & Pizza Hut!) makes this a grade different from the usual pepperoni pizza one gets elsewhere.

Toscana.
Mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, spinach, egg and capsicum. RM12.90.

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toscana

You see that runny yolk…???
I am a sucker for anything with runny eggs. Pan mee, runny egg please.
Nasi Lemak, runny egg please.
Fav breakfast? Runny eggs please.

Very un-refined, or as one may say, a pleb..I was taking bites of the pizza, then mopping the remainder of my slice with the egg on the plate and shoving it into my mouth.
Good thing my dining companion is an old time friend & is used to my eating behaviour ๐Ÿ˜‰

The shaved parmesan, cubed ricotta cheese and melted mozzarella at the base all adds the heights of rapture one experience when eating this. Sublime…

No meal is complete without desserts.

And what could make Kev so happy??

kev

The best chocolate cake he has tasted, he proclaims. And he is a very fussy foodie, mind you.

Death By Chocolate by Just Heavenly Pleasures.

deathBYcho

I was busy attacking this. And good thing Santini did not have much customers on a weekday night. The durian eau parfum was strong, to say the least.

durianChoc
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Damn heavenly desserts. Enough said.

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No. 72A Jalan Universiti
46200, Petaling Jaya.

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Panna Cotta.
RM9.90
Traditional Italian cream pudding served with berry sauce.

panna cottaSomething “light” to cleanse the palate. Or rather, to cleanse the durian breath.
Smooth, rich and creamy. Not bad.
Of course, we were served with the customary bread basket with olive oil and vinegar at the start of the meal. Naturally, I had to refrain from asking for extras, knowing well that my mains are also dough-based.

bread
Though stuffed, we couldn’t resist adding an order of ravioli when we spied the chef rolling out dough and stuffing raviolis at the open kitchen.
So the Mushroom Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce, RM22.90 was duly ordered.

ravioli
Stunned at the portion, I started counting the “pockets” of dough…and since the count stopped at around 8-9 raviolis, I was mumbling to myself..”this better be darn good raviolis..”

Verdict? Nope.. it was very ordinary tasting, with cheap mushrooms to boot. The pasta sheets were too thick for my liking and I was suddenly reminded of my hatred for Pan Mee. Flour-ish.

My conclusion would be to stick to the pizzas, for I was not too impressed with the ravioli. But then I haven’t tried any other dishes so that might not be a fair gauge.
Generally, the pizzas here are not coated very thickly with the tomato base sauce and the cheese layer was just nice for me. For those who prefers their pizzas very heavy on the sauce and cheese may need to give a word to the waiter upon order.