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September 13, 2010 | Central jakarta, Italian Cuisine

Last weekend, still in holiday season, we went to Pesto with several friends. Pesto Autentico is located at ANZ Square (UOB Plaza/Thamrin Nine), I’ve never been in this building before. From the outside, the building look futuristic. I suppose it shouldn’t be hard to find this place from the lobby area as it’s on the mezzanine level, but since we’re coming from the basement parking area, we had to go through a series of escalators and lift to find it. The place is spacious with dim lighting, warm ambience and a big open kitchen at the left side of the restaurant. It was not crowded as we’re early, but I think we still need a reservation first before coming here.
Pesto Autentico

The menu is clipped on a big wooden board shaped like a cutting board. The first thing that grabbed our attention about the menu is the pork icon scattered in the menu. The menu is quite extensive with categories such as appetizers, main, pizza & pasta, dessert, mocktails and cocktails. I also saw a big display of wine glass, so if you’re a wine lover, you might want to ask for their wine list.
Pesto Autentico
So we began to order antipasto misto (selection of seasonal cold cuts and specialty cheese) 79K for appetizer which came as several slices of cold cuts, a small portion of salad, grilled eggplant and some cheese (cheddar if I’m not mistaken). After that, we ordered Capricciosa pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, artichokes, black olives & mushrooms) 69K which tasted delicious. From the pasta selection we ordered: Rissoto funghi e rum (arborio rice cooked with cream, mushroom and rum) 57K and Bucatini a’ Matriciana (hollow pasta with parma ham, onions and tomato sauce) 55K. The rissoto looks unappetizing, and the taste was only so so, but the hollow pasta was delicious even though the portion is too small. For desserts we ordered Tiramisu (ladyfinger soaked in coffee liquor with mascarpone cheese and cocoa) 29K, Pannacota 39K and Pere al Miele (braised pear with wild honey and sherry) 29K. From the description, I was hoping that the Pere al Miele came in a whole pear, but instead it came in a sliced pear which taste plain after we savor the delicious panacotta and tiramisu. After that, we’re already quite full but then SC spotted another interesting dish and we decided to order again. So our last dish that night was Salsicce di maiale alla griglia (grilled pork sausages with fresh salad and roasted baby potatoes) 63K which taste delicious, but nothing compared to Paulaner‘s sausages. Overall, I think this restaurant is a nice addition to the growing list of Italian restaurants in Jakarta, but I still prefer Pepenero or Sopra 🙂
Pesto Autentico

Pesto Autentico
ANZ Square UG Floor.
The Podium at Thamrin Nine
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.10
Central Jakarta 10230

ph. +62 21 299 37230

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