In the heart of bustling Shah Alam, an authentic Italian trattoria has taken up residence at the newly opened DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City. The restaurant, Tosca Trattoria, offers irresistible Italian cuisine to hotel guests and diners alike, complete with a bespoke bar that delivers stunning views of Shah Alam i-City’s Theme Park, as well as access to the hotel’s outdoor infinity pool.
At the helm of the Italian affair, Chef de Cuisine Muhamad Afiq blends modern Italian flavours with Malaysian sensibility. A former Sous Chef at Prego Restaurant at Westin Kuala Lumpur, Chef Afiq crafts each dish with care, incorporating locally grown produce with a respect for traditional recipes. Whether it’s his personal specialty (“Burrata Con Pizza” with burrata cheese) or the restaurant’s fan favourite (“Aglio Olio Di Gamberi” with Perak tiger prawns), the menu at Tosca Trattoria is a feast of flavours.
At Tosca Trattoria, A Treat for the Senses Awaits
Upon entering Tosca Trattoria, patrons are welcomed with the pleasant aroma of fresh sourdough pizza baking in the restaurant’s open stone oven. On the mission to capture the true tastes and smells of Italy, Chef Afiq aims to inspire an expectation of quality and consistency with locally sourced ingredients.
“Italy and Malaysia share a lot of similarities,” says Chef Afiq. “In terms of culture and cuisine, they both have a huge appetite for food and flavour – but also the desire to share that passion with the ones they love. I want every diner to feel that same excitement and comfort every time they sit down at Tosca.”
The interior evokes the rustic flairs of old Italian restaurants while adhering to contemporary designs, reflecting the chef’s approach to the meals served. The walls are adorned with beautiful carved wooden vases adding to the sense of refinement and deeper into the establishment, the wall-length lookout treats patrons to a view of i-City itself, turning dinner into a light show.
The Signature Dishes at Tosca Trattoria
Savour these comfort foods and feel right at home amidst a friendly, warm setting in Tosca Trattoria’s cosy interior, or take a seat at one of the outdoor tables overlooking the DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City swimming pool and the surrounding metropolis. In addition to the array of signature dishes, order a refreshing drink from Tosca’s bespoke bar as you witness the chefs in action at the open kitchen.
From baked bread to specially prepared desserts, the signature dishes at Tosca Trattoria include:
- Pane Di Acciughe Al Forno: Baked flatbread with white anchovies, kalamata olive and tomatoes.
- Aglio Olio Di Gamberi: Spaghetti with Perak tiger prawns, chilli, garlic, parsley and Parmigiano Reggiano.
- Burrata Con Pizza: Tomato sauce with burrata cheese, basil, oregano and mozzarella cheese.
- Tiramisu: Mascarpone cheese layer cake with coffee essence and Amaretto liqueur.
The Bespoke Bar at Tosca Trattoria
Beyond the Italian fare on offer, Tosca Trattoria hosts a bar that caters to connoisseurs as well as amateurs alike. Featuring a menu of wines and cocktails curated by the hotel’s award-winning, in-house mixologist, Shamalan Nair Sivasegaran, the bar at Tosca Trattoria serves up an inspired lineup of creative concoctions, from a classic Italian Negroni to the bar’s newest, soon-to-be-acclaimed “Kampung Girl,” the bar’s first-ever signature. The rum-based cocktail reflects the ingenuity of the hotel’s bar and its lead bartender as it elevates the classic Limau Asam Boi into a tantalising, tart take on a local favourite.