La Scala is just 1 year old and is already established as one, if not THE, best Italian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and definitely Malaysia.
Datin Su Day and Datin Anisah Abdullah
The Hosts! H.E Folco de Luca Gabrielli, Nilou and Brandon de Luca Gabrielli
Dato Salim Cassim, Datin Anisah, Royal Patron of MIGF Tg Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar, Datin Su Day and Dato Steve Day
Royal Patron of MIGF YAM Tg Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar, Nilou and Folco de Luca Gabrielli
Located in upmarket Jalan Yap Kwan Seng opposite Australia High Commission, La Scala boasts a semi-openair rooftop bar and lounge with stunning views of Petronas Twin Towers.
La Scala is owned by His Excellency Folco de Luca Gabrielli the former Italian ambassador and his pretty wife Nilou who is not to be confused with Milou the famous pet dog of Tin Tin!
Asked why she chose the name La Scala, Nilou smiled, "I did not choose to name the restaurant Nilou or your name Kee Hua Chee as our names are not Italian! I wanted anyone to assume this is an Italian restaurant straightaway so I thought the world famous opera house in Milan would be an ideal name. The name is so Milanese and everyone will know we must be an Italian restaurant. However I have never been inside La Scala in Milan!"
Nilou is American of Persian origin and hails from a noble family in what is now modern Iran. Very de high class!
Of course Nilou has forgotten she DOES have an Italian husband and 'Folco' or 'Gabrielli' are also suitable names for an Italian restaurant! Their young son is named Brando which is too American as everyone will think of Marlon Brando but hey, 'Brando' might be suitable after all as Marlon Brando is synonymous with 'The Godfather' which is an Italian phenomenon!
The food here is world class as Chef Nicolino Bruno insists on authenticity and makes sure he gets it! All the ingredients are either imported from Italy or sourced locally from the best suppliers.
We were also superbly served by the experienced and skilled floor manager Bruna Filippeli while the fabulous wines were selected by Dinesh the operations manager.
La Scala's MIGF Festival menu is a true-blue Italian job!
BURATA AL GELATO DI POMODORO PACHINO
POLPETTA DI SARDINA CON SALSA AROMATICA
CARPACCIO DI TONNO CON BOTTARGA
CREMA DI ROSO, MELOGRANO E TARUFO NERO
LEMON SORBET WITH PISTACHIO
LASAGNETTA AL FOIE GRAS E PORCINI
OSOBUCO ALLA VERDI
PATATA AL BRANZINO
PARFAIT GRAPPA MIELE E ZAFFERANO
RM 750 ++ PER PERSON WITH WINE
RM 350++ WITHOUT WINE
LA SCALA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
183 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+603 2161 2291
The MIGF Festival Menu is on till 31 October so see you there soon!
Sabah Bakhache with her Anya Hindmarch bag featuring Tony the Tiger
This is Tony the tiger in bed with wife Sabah. His full name is Antoine Bakhache who runs Christophe, Facets, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Mouwad and Truefitt & Hill. Sabah bought the Anya Hindmarch bag in honour of her husband as the tiger's name is Tony which is akin to Antoine! But I wonder if hubby paid for it
Dr Suzanne Rapp-Folger and Roland Folger the big boss of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia
Lovely couple---Dr Suzanne Rapp-Folger and Roland Folger
Dato Steve Day the founder, owner and organiser of MIGF (Malaysian International Gourmet Festival), Dato Dr Salim Cassim, Datin Kalsom Diamond and Dato Jeremy Diamond
Dato Steve Day, Dato Dr Salim Cassim, Datin Kalsom Diamond and Dato Jeremy Diamond
Datin Su Day and Datin Anisah Abdullah
Datin Su Day in Mary Katrantzou and Datin Anisah in Pucci
Datin Su Wai Fun, Datin Anisah Abdullah and Kee Hua Chee in tiger prints!
Notice Kee Hua Chee's pet panther which died so he sent its head to a taxidermist to turn it into a backpack
Dato Mohamed Khadar Marican and Datin Anisah Khadar
Bruna Filipelli the floor manager of La Scala
Dato Steve Day and Dato M Khadar Marican enjoying the passarounds
Sabah and Antoine Bakhache, H.E Folco de Luca Gabrielli
Dato Salim Cassim, Datin Kalsom, Dato Jeremy Diamond and Roland Folger
THE HOSTS! The former Italian ambassador H.E Folco de Luca Gabrielli, wife Nilou and son Brandon
The most good looking Italian family in town
Bruna Filipelli, Folco de Luca Gabrielli, Nilou Luca Gabrielli and Brandon
One for the road
Datin Sue Falak, Dato Shamsul Falak Abdul Kadir and Nilou Gabrielli
Datin Su Day and Datin Anisah Abdullah enjoying the appetisers
La Scala Rooftop Bar and Lounge
Kee Hua Chee's eye no doubt
Dato Salim Cassim, Datin Anisah, Royal Patron of MIGF YAM Tg Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar, Datin Su Day and Dato Steve Day
YAM Tg Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar has been Royal Patron of MIGF for 14 years
Ever expanding party
Dato Shamsul Falak, Datin Suraya Falak, Dato Salim Cassim, Datin Anisah, YAM Tg Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar, Ambassador of Chile H.E Christian Rehren, Datin Su Day and Dato Steve Day who founded MIGF with Datin Su 14 years ago
Dato Shamsul Falak Abdul Kadir, Datin Suraya Falak and Chilean ambassador H.E Christian Rehren
Datin Anisah shows cleavage, Datin Suraya Falak shows shoulders but something is still missing...
Arms! So Sabah Bakhache joins in to complete the show
YAM Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar, Nilou Gabrielli and H.E Folco de Luca Gabrielli
Hot trio from MIGF, Khairul, Michael and Gillian
YM Che Engku Puan Sri Rozeeta Tg Abdullah and Datin Su Wai Fun
YM Che Engku Puan Sri Rozeeta Tg Abdullah and Datin Su Day
Nilou, Che Engku Rozeeta and Datin Su Day
Jeremy Smeeton is smitten by Puan Sri Rozeeta
Roland Folger of Mercedes-Benz, Jeremy Smeeton, Che Engku Rozeeta and Dr Suzanne Rapp-Folger
Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee, board of director of InvestKL
Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee was the former chairman of Tourism Malaysia
YAM Tg Dara Tg Naquiah Tuanku Jaafar, Jeremy Smeeton, Che Engku Puan Sri Rozeeta and Roland Folger
La Scale table setting
This is a live grape vine with real grapes!
What a table display!
Nilou takes pride in her grape vine growing on her balcony outside!
Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee and Kee Hua Chee
Datuk Seri Victor Wee and Kee Hua Chee
Checking their seats
This is mine
Love the red hot orchids!
The flowers match the theme 'Red Hot Chefs'!
Dato Steve Day welcoming his guests
And introducing Nilou
Happy staff of La Scala
VIPs listening to Dato Steve Day and Nilou
Burata al Gelato
Chef Nicolino Bruno introduces each dish which is translated by Bruna Filipelli
Polpetta Di Sardinia co Salsa Aromatica
The egg yolk is inside, yummy!
The egg yolk is released
Carpaccio di Tonno con Bottarga
Crema Di Riso rice soup
Palate cleanser of lemon sorbet
Lasagnetta Al Foie Gras with mushroom
Ossobuco Alla Verdi
Patata Al Branzino
The red orchids are so stunning and artistically displayed! Obviously the work of interior designer Nilou!
Look at the syringe containing a shot of grappa in the parfait!
The tiramisu is so ingeniously presented with its own syringe for us to inject as much grappa as we liked!
Coffee selection with Bruna Filippeli
These are really fine coffees
Dr Suzanne Rapp-Folger selecting her coffee
Repast is now past, now Dato Steve Day thanks the culinary staff of La Scala
Well done, guys!
Royal Patron YAM Tg Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar speaks on behalf of guests
The Royal Patron even wrote notes
But he admits his writing is like mine---nearly illegible!
to his comments
"The cooking is authentic but my handwriting is so bad it looks like 'aristocratic'!" beams the bon vivant and connoisseur of life's finest offerings!
Nilou is so pleased The Royal Patron gave the maximum 10 marks for the dessert!
The Royal Patron shaking hands with La Scala's culinary team
Dato Steve Day concludes another magnificent meal!