Mama mia, Peppino!!!
SHANGRI-LA’S Golden Sands Resort is a great place to stay right on Batu Ferringhi beach. You’ll find Peppino here, arguably the best Italian restaurant on the island of Penang. In a cosy, relaxed ambience I enjoyed their Specialitata della Casa with my friend Suleiman, who is the son of Malaysia’s first PM. A glass of crisp Soave DOC Cantine Francesco Minini Verolanuova 2003 with good acids was perfect with Ravioli de Arragosta alla Napoletana. The plump homemade ravioli with a flavoursome filling of lobster & mixed vegetables caressed with Napoli sauce seduced my taste buds completely. Another winner was Lombata d’Agnello Arrosto. Fork tender lamb served a juicy medium, coated with Italian herbs and breadcrumbs was accompanied by the Godfather’s favourite Sicilian goat cheese made into a smooth, sexy sauce with piquant capers. Never miss the sweetest part of every meal…and as I savoured every morsel of the pear poached in white wine with rum & raisin Gelato (ice cream) plus red wine sauce, I thought of my personal motto, ‘Das Leben es ist unbestimmt, iss erst den Nachtisch’. It means in German, ‘Life is uncertain, eat dessert first’. Buon appetitio! J