An authentic Italian meal in Canggu, Bali
Its only been a few months since I moved to Bali but in-between the amazing fruit, fresh vegetables and delicious Indonesian food it sometimes feels great to have some comforting home food. Having a boyfriend thats Italian gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of time in Italy. Where we would have fresh home-made gnocchi waiting for us at home as soon as we got of the plane. For me Italian food is a sense of home, comfort, happiness, passion and loving.
So when I found out about Bottega Italiana Bali in Canggu I was over the moon! A place where I can find a little piece of home and enjoy a traditional Italian meal.
Bottega Italiana Bali is a small Italian restaurant in the middle of Canggu which only opened their doors in spring 2016. They serve high quality food of which some they import all the way from Italy. Other ingredients are locally farmed or even home-made! They even smoke and cure their own meat and salmon.
When looking at the menu you notice many delicious and traditional meals. But some dishes stand out and tend to have a little twist! I for example ordered the ‘Semi e legumi salad’ (70k Idr) which was recommended by the owner – who is by the way the most passionate man. He is very charming and originally from Umbria. He decided to move to Bali 10 years ago and is now bringing his Italian food passion to the streets of Bali together with his beautiful partner.
And I have to admit, the salad that he recommended really was something special. Due to the amount of different seeds mixed with the other ingredients every spoonful was extremely crunchy! It also had a slight smokey flavour. It was raw and every spoon full was full of energy, vibrant flavours and vegan goodness. Through the crunchiness you could taste the juiciness of the tomato. The roasted sesame seeds gave it a sophisticated oriental accent, but not taking it too far of the Italian heritage.
But if you want to really get teleported back to Italy then the selection of cheese is perfect. All cheeses served were young and extremely tasty. The selection of different breads complimented the cheese perfectly – especially the foccacia! Personally I am a big fan of focaccia and I loved every bite of the one they serve here! With every bite you had a hint of roasted tomato and olives, which managed to keep the focaccia moist and soft. Wash it down with a sip of the delicious wine and you got yourself a trip back to Italy!
When I think of my time in Italy I cant miss out thinking about a delicious glass of wine with my pasta. I mean isn’t that combination just pure happiness?
Being in Canggu I really struggled finding a good glass of wine. But now I am glad to inform you that I finally found the spot! Bottega Italiana Bali serves wine that is locally made! The owner told me that he has a very special producer who makes wine for him! He is originally from Italy but now lives in the isolated mountains of Bali – producing the most delicious, organic and honest wines. The moment the waiter filled my glass I could already smell the strong fruity flavours.
The menu is full of vegetarian dishes and they also have some amazing vegan options. However, for the vegetarian there is a must try. The ‘Pomodorino e stracciatella pasta’ (85 Idr) is absolutely delicious – a real plate of art. The texture of the pasta really gives away the fact that its freshly made. The home-made stracciatella melts over the warm pasta and left the perfect creamy texture when mixing it all together. The plate was beautiful, simple and old school – exactly what I think a real homely Italian plate should look like! Every bite I took was different, the texture, the softness, its irregular. Which means, freshly made pasta!
However, for the meat lovers there is a very special pasta! The ‘Ragu di anatra’ (85k Idr) is slowly cooked and made with minced duck, tomato sauce and parmesan. The meat is almost melted inside as you don’t really taste the texture but the rich flavours immediately stand out. Parmesan is sprinkled on top giving that extra flavour creating a beautiful plate of delicious pasta. This dish is absolutely perfect with a glass of red wine!
As you know I am a big coffee lover! So when I think of my days in Italy I think of my early morning cappuccino’s and espresso’s on the go. In Italy I always finish of with an espresso after dinner. And in fact, the coffee that they serve here is slightly less sour than you typically find in Italy. The owner especially wanted the perfect balance between flavours and found that the best combination of coffee beans was 20% Robusta and 80% Arabica. Which is indeed, perfection!
To finish off my cosy and perfect night I tried the home-made tiramisu – a real Italian delicacy. Which if done right, is my absolute favourite! And this tiramisu really topped everything. It was very light and perfect of flavour and texture.
The restaurant is extremely cosy and I love the fact that its not too big, making it very homely. Its warm atmosphere is comforting and the candle light at night creates a romantic atmosphere. I cant wait to go back for another evening and teleport myself back again to Italy where I feel at home.
Bottega Italiana Bali is currently located in Canggu and Seminyak but will soon open their third restaurant in Petitenget.
The restaurant I visited was located in Canggu, of which the address is: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.77, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
They are open every day from 8am to 10pm. So you can also enjoy a traditional Italian breakfast! And what’s a better way to start the day with a freshly baked brioche while dipping it in a delicious cappuccino! They also offer very healthy options such as their home-made granola, so this is a place for everyone! Im sure you will fall in love with it just as much as I did.
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