Getting Cozy at Pesto Autentico

Yeay…it’s time for my hubby and I routine dinner date this weekend. For this week, we chose an Italian restaurant called Pesto Autentico. The restaurant is located at ANZ square building, one of Jakarta’s high-rise building in central Jakarta. The dining area resembles an industrial area. The restaurant designed elegantly and dominated by wood panel and industrial metal racks. The dimly lit area offers a warm and cozy atmosphere, endorsing our romantic dinner that night. On one side of the dining area lies an open kitchen decorated with bottles of olive oils and blackboards hanging onto the top showing their specialty menus written on them.

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The menus itself serves  rustic Italian cuisine with a bit touch of Mediterranean, ranging from appetizers, salad, mains, pizza, pasta, and desserts. Pesto always made their breads, pastas, sauces and desserts from scratch and no preservatives, so we can guarantee its freshness. Just like in any other Italian eatery, the waiters will serve a small basket of warm breads with a side of balsamic vinegar and olive oil as a compliment before we start having our dinner.

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As a starter, we’ve ordered a salad Insalata Caprese (45k) – fresh tomato, basil, and fresh baby mozzarella with drizzles of olive oil.

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and also Fritto Arancini E Mozzarella (39k) – deep fried arancini and mozzarella sticks. Arancini are fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs and filled with ragu (meat sauce), tomato sauce, and mozzarella. I love the Arancini, full of flavor, not to mention you’ll get the gooey sensation of the melted cheese inside of it. My hubby was also satisfied with the mozzarella sticks, he said it was the best he ever tasted so far.

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After enjoying our appetizers, we’ve ready to order the main course…

Pizza Margherita (54k) – a crisp, thin crust pizza layered with generous portion mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and basil. We loved it so much!!! I can actually saw my husband’s face feeling super satisfied with the pizza 🙂

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Fettuccine E Gamberetti (64k) – fresh homemade orange pasta with sweet tomato sauce and fresh shrimps. The homemade pasta are made from high grade drum wheat semolina. The dish is quite savoury, the tomato sauce were light, not to sour, just as I liked it.

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For the drinks, we’ve ordered….

Summer Breeze (40k) – a mix of orange juice, passion fruit, vanilla, peach, and strawberry. Tastes so refreshing, just the right level of sourness since I don’t like food and drinks that are too sour, contrary to my hubby ofcourse.

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Fresh Grapefruit Italian Soda (25k) – For me it tasted bitter, but my hubby seems to like it a lot. Oh well… 🙂

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After having a full round of dishes (minus the dessert), we went home with a full stomach and lots of smile on our face. Thank you dear hubby for the dinner….

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Pesto Autentico Ristorante
ANZ Square Building
UG Floor The Podium at Thamrin Nine
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 10
Central Jakarta
Telp. (62 21) 29937230


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