Best Risotto in Penang

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Speaking of Italian food, risotto is up there among the finest yet rarely talked about as pasta and pizzas steal the limelight. This comfort food is pretty much a daily meal in Italy, rice is cooked in stock with wide-range of ingredients such as meat, seafood and vegetables. Adept stirring skill is the key here for a creamy consistency. Deceptively simple but delightfully savoury. In a state where food means serious business, handpicked spots below acts as a bridge between Italy through impeccable risottos. 

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    IL BacaroNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    IL Bacaro has been a household name among the Italian food lovers in Penang. This place offers a repertoire of authentic Italian dishes that are made with fresh and premium ingredients. You’re welcoming reward would be a classy and cosy interior that sets the mood in no time. Apart from the pizzas and pastas, the risottos are highly revered too. There are quite a number of flavours to choose, from fresh seafood to green pea with grilled shrimp and distinctive combinations like black truffle and abalone mushroom. The real standout got to be the risotto itself, which is cooked till soft and creamy, just like an exemplary one should be. And it works perfectly with a glass of wine by the side.

    Tips

    A good spot for a romantic meal

    Things to expect

    Sheer spread of dishes and good service

    Best with

    Tiramisu

    Price

    RM28.00 to RM50.00

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    Il Bacaro View restaurant

    106, Campbell Street, 10100, George Town, Penang
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    042618290

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    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    PizzaiolaPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    You might be caught between two stools as two of Pizzaiola’s signature risottos are utterly appealing. Their BBQ Chicken version consists of sautéed mushroom risotto and slices of grilled chicken lounging on a pool of BBW sauce. The risotto is full of fragrance and creamy, complemented by the juicy and tender chicken. Their next rendition brings the dish to a new height, where risotto is baked with fresh Unagi, teriyaki cream sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese. This Asian and Italian lovechild is then topped with chopped herbs, and for cheese-lovers, you’ll never want to miss it. Enjoy the meal between exposed brick walls, wooden tables and dim lighting. 

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    Check their facebook for latest set meals and promotions

    Things to expect

    Italian food heaven

    Best with

    Lattes

    Price

    RM16.80 to RM40.00

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    Pizzaiola View restaurant

    33-SB-01 Prangin Mall, Jln Dr. Lim Chwee Leong, 10100, George Town, Penang
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    042505501

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Named after the street name, this comfy cafe allows you to enjoy risotto for supper as the shutter closes at 2 am. Get charmed with Tomato Seafood Risotto, among the best sellers where the creamy rice is shrouded with rich cheese and bouquet of fresh seafood such as prawns, clams, mussels and squid. The ratio of ocean goodness to risotto is praiseworthy. Squid ink risotto, as well as mushroom and chicken risotto, are also available, an adventurous take or common comfort, the ball is in your court. The engaging artworks on the walls and charming decors invites to linger a little longer. 

    Tips

    Squid ink is habitually used in Italy for risottos, give a go

    Things to expect

    Charming interior

    Best with

    Assorted yogurts

    Price

    RM15.80 to RM30.00

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    Dickens Street Cafe View restaurant

    30, Lebuh Dickens, 10000, George Town, Penang
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    0162202290

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    05:00PM—01:00AM
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    Pizza Ristorante Bella ItaliaPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    This renowned eatery has earned a flagship as one of the finest spots to quell your Italian food quest. Big portions and bountiful ingredients, all aspects are well-taken care off. Their mushroom risotto gives a smooth mouthfeel with slivers of ham and bits of mushroom and sprinkle of cheese or if seafood is your pick, this version has plump prawns, blanched broccolis and splash of cheese and herbs.   

    Tips

    Don’t miss their pizzas and pastas too

    Things to expect

    Hearty Italian meals

    Best with

    Refreshing juices

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM40.00

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    Bella Italia View restaurant

    368-1-7, Jalan Burma, 10350, George Town, Penang
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    042272195

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    11:30AM—02:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    LunarichPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Lunarich is another cherished Italian dining in the island with a classy backdrop. Among the magic from the kitchen is their range of risottos where Squid Ink version takes the lead. It might sound a little skeptical yet it does score points in taste as it’s habitually used in Italy for risottos and pasta. Reminiscent like black caviar, the rice is al-dente as how risottos should be and imbued in rich squid ink and morsels of porcini mushrooms, sprinkled with some herbs. 

    Tips

    Start with salads or soups

    Things to expect

    Neat and clean ambiance

    Best with

    Coffees or Juices

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM40.00

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    Lunarich One Precinct Pizza & Pasta View restaurant

    Lengkok Mayang Pasir, 1B-G-31, Bayan Baru, 11950, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11950, Bayan Baru, Penang
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    046115340

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    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Located at Maritime Plaza along Karpal Singh Drive, this restaurant has been magnetising patrons with their coffees and mélange of Western and Italian meals. They serve a range of risottos, Cuttlefish, Prawn, Fillet Steak, Pumpkin and Seasonal Fish. Based on clienteles review, Grilled Cuttlefish is what you should never miss. The risotto is made with squid ink, drizzled with chopped bell peppers which add crunch and colour and a huge squid is grilled elegantly and laid across the platter. The cuttlefish has nice crisp and chewy bite while the rice is velvety. For steak lovers, the Fillet Steak is juicy and tender, while the risotto is made with long beans and porcini mushrooms. 

    Tips

    Parking is scarce during weekend

    Things to expect

    Spacious cafe

    Best with

    Coffees

    Price

    RM26.00 to RM50.00

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    Coffee Smith View restaurant

    No. 29C-01-11, Maritime Piazza, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5, 11600, George Town, Penang
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    046841818

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    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Cozy In The Rocket / La Cucina

    An endless variety of pasta and coffees, captivating atmosphere and quirky name, this restaurant has been hitting the roof among locals as well as tourists. Their risottos are amazing too, Squid Ink version is loaded with chunks of squids and porcini mushrooms while the seafood take is piled with ocean goodness such as squids, prawns and clams. The risotto has the perfect creamy consistency and the fresh ingredients play nicely with the entire dish, full of fragrance and flavour. 

    Tips

    You can easily miss this spot

    Things to expect

    Comfy and rustic ambiance

    Best with

    Crème Brulee

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM40.00

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    Cozy In The Rocket / La Cucina View restaurant

    262 & 264 Lebuh Pantai, , 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124513746

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    10:00AM—05:00PM
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