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This Restaurant In Penang Serves Authentic Italian Fare With Picturesque Sunset Beach View

Hello there foodies! Or, should we say, Ciao!  Yes, you’ve read it right, today, we’ll be talking all about this Italian restaurant that serves authentic Italian fare made by Chef Mario.  And that isn’t all, you’ll also get to enjoy his delicious handmade dishes while overlooking a scenic beach view!  Make way for Gustoso & Gustoso By The Beach located in PARKROYAL Penang Resort.

One Of The Best Authentic Italian Restaurants In Penang

We’re sure as Penangites, you would’ve already heard of PARKROYAL. Located along the pristine beaches of Batu Ferringhi, this 5-star resort is ideal for unforgettable honeymoons, fun family or group getaways, and more. Housed within this 5-star resort is an authentic Italian restaurant, Gustoso headed by Chef Mario from Sardinia, Italy.

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Gustoso means tasty in Italian, and it’s also the tagline behind the servings of food in this restaurant. You’ll get hearty, authentic, and most importantly, tasty Italian fares. Here at Gustoso, there’s a contemporary dining area with a vibrant ambience, air-conditioned rooms as well as romantic seats at the deck that overlooks the sandy beach and sea. If you can’t wait to read about what we’ve tried, then start scrolling!  For those with dietary or plant-based preferences don’t stop looking as Chef Mario has a selection of his dishes he will prepare for you. 

Pizza Regina Margherita

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The very first Italian fare that we tried at Gustoso is the Pizza Regina Margherita. For this dish, Chef Mario prepares the pizza dough from scratch and we even witnessed a showcase of tossing the pizza dough up in the air. With a simple base of tomato sauce, imported buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, and a crunchy crust, this dish is the definition of simplicity at its finest.

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Gnocchi Di Patate Con Granchio, Mascarpone E Pistacchio

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Next up, this gnocchi dish is Chef Mario’s signature dish that’s freshly prepared from scratch. This dish consists of handmade potato gnocchi with crab meat, cream of mascarpone cheese & pistachio.

Ravioli Di Pollo Ai Funghi Porcini

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Shall we keep the pasta train rolling? Ravioli means ‘to stuff’ and the Ravioli Di Pollo Ai Funghi Porcini at Gustoso is handmade with a thin layer of pasta stuffed to the edge with corn-fed chicken, porcini mushrooms and finished with a mushroom cream sauce.  Simply delicious and one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

Roselline Di Pasta

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Roselline Di Pasta shown here is made by hand and resembles a rose. This dish has sliced imported cured smoked turkey and cheese intricately rolled between layers of pasta and served on a bed of Mario’s San Marzano sauce made with imported tomatoes. With a slightly crispy texture, this is one pasta dish that one can devour on its own entirely. 

Zuppetta Ai Frutti Di Mare

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To tone things down a little, opt for the Zuppetta Ai Frutti Di Mare, essentially a mixed seafood soup “Sardinia” style. The soup is appetizing and comes loaded with a collection of fresh seafood and 2 slices of crispy garlic bread. Definitely a great beginning to a hearty Italian meal and highly recommended by the Resorts’ GM.

Risotto Ai Porcini E Parmigiano

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If you’re a fan of Risotto, then you should check out Gustoso’s Risotto Ai Porcini E Parmigiano. It’s a plate of beautifully executed classic risotto with porcini mushrooms and to top it all of,  24-months aged Parmigiano cheese. You’ll know this is a high-quality plate of Risotto from the creaminess of the risotto and the way it pairs well with the cheese.

Branzino Al Forno

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Fancy something different aside from pasta? Gustoso also serves fresh seafood, one of them is the Branzino Al Forno which is roasted whole sea bass served with fennel, olives, sweet orange & mixed garden salad. 

Trio Di Dolci Dello Chef

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There’s nothing like ending our meal with a sweet treat. If you’re uncertain which dessert to go for, opt for Chef Mario’s signature Trio Di Dolci that comes with three types of handcrafted desserts. There’s classic Italian Tiramisu as well as the smooth Pannacotta that instantly melts in your mouth and a delicious handmade Cannoli. 

To check out the full menu, click here

Gustoso By The Beach

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To elevate an Italian dining experience, head on over to Gustoso By The Beach and immerse in an extraordinary beachfront dining experience with a mesmerizing sunset view.  An amazing setting for a group dinner or birthday surprise, for a special occasion or romantic dinner for two as the sun sets.

Romantic 4-Course Italian Set Dinner Overlooking Scenic Beach View

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Are you looking to treat your significant other to a romantic Italian dinner? Make a reservation at Gustoso by The Beach and enjoy a candlelit four-course Italian set dinner at RM325 for two persons! Did we mention you’ll get a romantic table setting all while overlooking a stunning sunset view coupled with some galloping horses by the beach?

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Antipasto Gustoso

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To start off the meal, you’ll get a platter of Antipasto Gustoso. It comes with a selection of cured meats, light chargrilled vegetables, olives, bruschetta, caprese salad & Italian cheese.

Vellutata Ai Funghi Di Bosco

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Then, next up is the Vellutata Ai Funghi Di Bosco which is truffle scented creamy wild mushroom soup served with toasted herb and mushroom bread.

Filetto Di Branzino Or Pollo Alla Caponata

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For main course, choose between Filetto Di Branzino (grilled seabass fillet served with fennel, olives, sweet orange & mixed garden salad), Pollo Alla Caponata (Oven-baked chicken breast with vegetable stew in tomato herbs) or one of the other of Chef Mario’s weekly special items added to the set menu.

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Delizia Al Cioccolato Or Biancomangiare

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To end things on a sweet note, you’ll have the option of choosing between Delizia Al Cioccolato (molten lava chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream) or Biancomangiare (almond panna cotta with chocolate sauce)

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Savour Delicious Italian Fares At Gustoso PARKROYAL Penang

And there you have it, we’ve taken you on a virtual tour around Gustoso and Gustoso by The Beach. Of course, to really know how exquisitely delicious is this Italian restaurant, you have got to try it out for yourselves. In our personal opinion, this might just be one of the best Italian restaurants in Penang.  “Buon Appetito”, foodies!

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Before we go, here’s a delicious treat for you guys. Quote ‘PgFoodie20’ via email or website reservation to enjoy a 20% discount at Gustoso PARKROYAL Resort Penang. 

Address: PARKROYAL Penang Resort Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 

Gustoso

11 AM to 10.30 PM (Opens Daily)

Gustoso By The Beach 

6.30 PM – 10 PM (Opens Daily)

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