Italian cooking is a passionate affair where beauty lies in simplicity. Staple ingredients, from tomatoes and olive oil to garlic and basil are handled with the utmost care, at times barely manipulated to maintain their essence and flavour. Fatto A Mano (Italian for ‘handmade’), a casual dining eatery newly opened on Jalan Telawi 2, draws on this culinary heritage to deliver a refreshing menu of pizzas, pastas, cured meats, bread and other classics from lo stivale.
“Our dining experience at Fatto A Mano comes from traditional Italian values of sharing and eating together. The idea is not to order individually but rather an assortment of dishes from the menu for everyone to share at the table,” says Christophe Chatron-Michaud, co-founder of the restaurant together with his Malaysian wife and Managing Director, Lissan Teh.
Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Arugula and Evoo
The power couple are no strangers to the highly competitive, dog-eat-dog world of Bangsar’s food and beverage scene, having opened the highly successful YEAST Bistronomy situated next door, some two years ago.
“The success of our first venture with YEAST Bistronomy made it clear that people in KL really appreciate good quality food and artisanal home baked breads and pastries. We are confident that everyone will enjoy the same quality food at Fatto A Mano and we want to welcome one and all,” states Chatron-Michaud.
Like YEAST, the new eatery boasts freshly baked bread and pastries, the aromas of which drift through the restaurant and out onto the street, drawing customers like bees to nectar. Foccascias, ciabattas and panetonne are some of the Italian goods available here, daily baked fresh on site.
The pastry brigade hard at work in YEAST’s upper floor atelier
More doughy delights include the fluffy cornetto (not the ice cream here, but the Italian-styled croissant), the custard-filled raspberry and vanilla bombolino and the decadent Nutella rotolino, all set to take the weekend brunch scene by storm.
Running the Fatto A Mano kitchen is Head Chef Frank Denis Ruidavat, who like Chatron-Michaud boasts a mixed French/Italian heritage. He cut his teeth at a two-Michelin starred restaurant as a young cook and so comes with some serious culinary chops. The experienced chef has worked at a slew of five star resorts around the world, including New York, the Maldives, Singapore and Jordan, among others.
Bruchetta Al Pomodoro – Tomatoes and Avacado on Toasted Ciabatta
Most recently, and for the second time in his life, Ruidavat returned to KL from Bali, ready to pour his heart and soul into Fatto A Mano. Pork lovers will be happy to know that his menu contains a lip-smacking set of swine-based dishes! Pancetta (salt cured and spiced pork belly) and prosciutto (dry cured ham) adorn the menu, the latter served with pumpkin and fresh orecchiette (a South-Italian style of pasta, resembling a small ear).
Mozzarella Sticks – Served with Parley Pesto and Chili Tomato Dipping Sauce
The panino classic is a match made in heaven, marrying prosciutto and mozzarella to glorious result, while the carbonara is made the proper way, using only egg yolks, pancetta, cheese and pepper (no cloggy cream here!). Other pastas include mac and cheese with Bolognese sauce and linguine alle vongole (a thin type of pasta served with clams in a savoury emulsion of garlic, oil, parsley and white wine).
Mac and Cheese with Bolognese
There are pizzas aplenty too, with highlights including pizzette francese, a blend of sour cream and bacon laced with caramelised onions, and pizza prosciutto, topped with peppery arugula.
Pizette Francese – Bacon Slices, Caramlised Onions and Sour CreamPizette Prosciutto – Prosciutto Crudo, Mozarella and Arugula
As for sweet endings, you can’t go wrong with the timeless tiramisu or panna cotta, each coating the mouth in an irresistible rich film of wholesome, creamy goodness. Homemade ice-creams are also available, a perfect accompaniment to the pan-fried Milanese panettone – a traditional type of baked delight blurring the lines between cake and bread.
A swanky list of cocktails and Italian focussed wine list are available to accompany the fare, which you can enjoy either inside in the casual and modern interior with exposed white brick walls, or al fresco along Jalan Telawi 2. Either offers an entirely pleasant dining experience, and coupled with the honest food served here, you’ll find yourself returning to this little ristorante in no time.
Fatto A MannoWhere 22G Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar
Hours 8am-10pm (closed on Tue)
Tel 03 2280 0200