PETRA Cucina debuts flagship restaurant Roberto’s

PETRA Cucina, officially opened the doors to its flagship outlet, Roberto’s 1020 Osteria (Roberto’s) in Bangsar Shopping Centre today. The restaurant aspires to bring high-end casual Tuscan dining experience to lovers of Italian cuisine in Kuala Lumpur. Officiated by the Italian Ambassador, H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto and Chief Executive and Chairman of PETRA Group, Datuk (Dr) Vinod Sekhar, the launch was attended by a host of other esteemed guests. 
The flagship restaurant will be the first of many Roberto’s as PETRA Cucina is set to open more outlets across Malaysia, and within the region. Chief Executive and Chairman of PETRA Group, Datuk (Dr) Vinod Sekhar said, “Today’s grand opening marks an important milestone in PETRA Cucina’s journey. With Roberto’s, together with the already established Zenzero and Luce, we have established an authentic Italian restaurant brand right here in Malaysia that we can expand across the region. It allows us to show that Malaysia is fully capable of being a developmental hub for the F&B industry, and that we can take our successful businesses to other cities,” added Datuk Vinod. Roberto Guiati, Chief Executive of PETRA Cucina said, “At Roberto’s, we share Italian hospitality by welcoming our guests like family and making every visit truly memorable. In Italy, eating together is what connects us with family members and friends.” 

The food at Roberto’s is designed for sharing, ideal for a gathering of friends and family. The restaurant offers guests authentic Tuscan and Emilian dishes which are underrepresented here in Kuala Lumpur. The menu at Roberto’s has been meticulously curated and was inspired by Guiati’s and head Chef, Cristian Grandi’s personal taste. In keeping with the Italian cooking ethos of treating the best ingredients with love, the restaurant sources many of its ingredients such as cold cuts, cheese, flour, some vegetable, some of the fish, veal, olive oil and wine from Italy to preserve authentic taste and flavours. “Pizzas will take center stage in our menu with a classic and gourmet range. 
Guests can witness how pizzas are prepared and cooked in the oven the traditional way in our alfresco dining area. The signature feature for the restaurant is the Alfa Forni wood and gas fired pizza oven brought in specially from Italy, and this model, a hallmark of Italian craftmanship, is the only one in Malaysia. “We also will be showcasing a variety of Tuscan and Emilian culinary staples such as handmade pastas, soups, cold cut platters, as well as contemporary dishes such as paninis and burgers. 
As the restaurant opens as early as 9AM, we have also created an Italian breakfast menu that stretches till brunch,” added Guiati. Patrons can enjoy Italians’ favourite starters such as Bruschetta, Burrata alla Caprese, as well as Taglieri e Formaggi (Cold Cuts & Cheese). Mains that Chef Grandi recommends included Scaloppa di Vitello al Pepe Verde (Italian Veal Fillet), Duo d’ Agnello (Lamb Selection of Short Loin and Rack) and Filetto di Barramundi (Barramundi Fillet). 
The restaurant covers wine from all regions but specialises in a unique selection of wines sourced from the lush and bountiful Tuscan country-side, and characterised by elegant yet powerful and structured style. The spacious, prominently located restaurant features an indoor and al-fresco dining area and a bar where drinks and cocktails are served by a mixologist. It boasts a stylish modern interior which incorporates signature Tuscan elements. 
Over the years, Guiati has built an impressive credential in Kuala Lumpur’s dining scene and has been delighting KL-lites with authentic Italian fare through his outlets, Zenzero Restaurant & Wine Bar and the award-winning Luce Osteria Contemporanea – which was recently listed as one of the Top 10 Pizzerias in Asia. Located at the ground floor of Bangsar Shopping Centre, Roberto's is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. For reservations, please call +6017 3948 050

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