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.


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.

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.

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


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?

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

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.

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



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 😉

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??


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.


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.


Damn heavenly desserts. Enough said.

A Slice of Heaven

Jaya One (next to Cold Storage)
No. 72A Jalan Universiti
46200, Petaling Jaya.

Open daily from 10am to 10pm. For more details, check out Just Heavenly’s blog.

Panna Cotta.
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.

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.

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.

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. 550ml jar of faith

    ARTICHOKES!! On pizza!! It's a crying shame why we don't find more artichokes on menus… Santini looks like it's a got a few things right, pizzas not being the least of them! Definitely making my way there!

  2. Myhorng

    yolk sucker, tried yellowcab b4?

  3. FoOd PaRaDiSe

    The pizza and desserts look so good. Yum! Yum!

  4. sc

    i've only tried the Santini at KLCC and it's pretty good too. very decent prices with those fresh ingredients.

  5. UnkaLeong

    Bila nak belanja I Makan? 😛

  6. thenomadGourmand

    550ml: artichokes..but honestly it wasnt much. but the pizz was gd anyways!

    myHorng: No wor…good ah? heard mixed reviews u see..

    food paradise: it is it is. Pg ones I think even US pizza is not a match.

    sc: Yup, they got quite a value for $ set lunches..

    UnkaLeong: anytime dear..anytime!

  7. Life for Beginners

    Wow, that sure is a lot of pizzas! But I'd be smiling at the end of the meal too if I had some more of JHP's heavenly choc durian cakes… 😀

  8. thule a.k.a leo

    not really a big fan of pizza… only eat it once in a blue moon 🙂 still haven't finished exploring Tropicana Mall yet~~~

  9. Sean

    i like the santinis at klcc and jaya one, but i haven't even set foot into tropicana mall yet! 😀
    btw did they allow u to eat the death by chocolate there without making any fuss about bringing in outside food? i haven't bought anything from a slice of heaven yet cos i dunno where to bring it to eat!

  10. Nic (KHKL)

    i've heard sooo much about death by chocolate but have not tried before. must go check it out at jaya one d…hehe

    try porto romano's pizzas. i like it lotsa. only the mont kiara branch. 😀

  11. gourmand extraordinaire

    Wah. The pannacotta is looks very nice. I is likes the dessserts for the eating. Is the Serene tells you we want to hunt for desserts in KL? YOu knowing any good place is for us to go and try to is eat the desserts there?

  12. mimid3vils

    The price of the pizza quite reasonable wor, definitely can beat Pizza H**

  13. thenomadGourmand

    LFB: yeahh!! here's to fans of durian!

    thule: hehe..sometimes muz diversify the taste buds a bit??

    sean: ohh..jz buy and bring to one of those Jaya One long as you order drinks they don say anything one..
    as u can see frm my posts..i alws buy cakes and bring to my makan-makan Frontera, in Santini and Pappa rich etc..

    nic: I saw a Porta Romana in Ampang Walk. But tht u reminded me…i haven tried Porta R yet!
    So nx trip back go for the Death by Choc ya!

    gourmand e: haha..ya talking to right gourmand here!
    You want desserts?? Ya just hv to set the day and time!

    mimid3vils: exactly..dont udrstd why anyone would pay for the pizza by PH!

  14. PureGlutton

    Heard lotsa good stuff abt this place. But I haven't even set foot into Tropicana Mall…sigh.

  15. Sugar Bean

    Aww, thought there would finally be a good ravioli in KL. I didn't know any restaurants for them. Do you?

    Haha, and you're really a bread lover and pan mee hater. Haha! So many types of pizza that you ordered. The one with runny eggs looks most tempting!

  16. J2Kfm

    the durian choc is EVERYWHERE! OMG, durian fever's on a high!

    the time I dined at Santini @ Jaya One, the place was almost empty. kinda pathetic, but the pizza was surprisingly good. lots of rocket leaves.

  17. thenomadGourmand

    PureGlutton: worries, the main outlet is in KLCC!

    sugar bean: Ravioli..hhmm..i'm sure there are good ones..
    KL is never short of excellent Italian cuisine, its jz tht I haven't tried much ..
    Lets' see, there's Vincenzo, Tatto whc is on the higher end, then uncountable mid-range ones like Porto romano, D'Italia Kitchen, etc.

    J2kfm: Haha..blame it on the JHP opening!
    Yup, Santini is no more at Jaya One i think. I can't find it!

  18. vialentino

    is this the santini they move from jaya one to tropicana…dat day went to find santini but got to know closed down ler…

    kong sai next week ah….enjoy the food there! tell me bout it ok!

  19. My Taste Heaven

    Oh, the pizzas surely looks yummy! Next time I would give it a try when go to KL again!

  20. CUMI & CIKI

    how come u so skinny when u eat so much!
    I like that bitten cake shot! pretty

  21. foodbin

    yummy pizza-must try it.

  22. thenomadGourmand

    vialentino: Yup they moved! Me thinks cos now they share kitchen w Sans Francisco.
    Kong sai is pending la bro..too many places to eat!

    My taste heaven: Ok ok..KL definitely have better choices than Pg!

    c&c: run bay-beh run ;p

    foodbin: Do try it! prices aint tht cut-throat for the quality!

  23. tRiEi cRiSiS

    the choco cake~~~ I'm hungry again and its only 2.20 in the morning~~

  24. thenomadGourmand

    triei crisis: Rmbr to try the egg-y pizza!
    And as for the cakes, i'm missing them too! wanna go?

  25. Chong

    Anywhere else for good pizza?

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