Marco's Pizza @ Kelana Jaya, PJ

On 12/08/2010 06:23:00 PM
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It's really hard to miss the extremely big Marco's Pizza signboard whenever you drive past Kelana Jaya via the LDP highway. Not only the signboard is huge, Marco's Pizza is 5 shop lots huge too - there is even a children playground at one corner!

Marco's Pizza has been around for many years and it isn't surprising at all how they're able to last so long despite having very few customers in such a big space for most of the time. That's because Marco's Pizza is owned and supported by Dato' Marcus Kam - the founder of MXM International (a MLM membership program company located in a 10-storey high MXM Tower at Phileo Damansara), PathLab (a laboratory and pathological tests provider established 48 years ago by his father, Datuk F.W. Kam) and also King Crab (a seafood restaurant located on the same row with Marco's Pizza). Trust me, the owner is extremely rich and Marco's Pizza will be around for many more years to come.

I've eaten quite often in Marco's Pizza and personally, I do think they dish out pretty decent Italian food without burning a hole in your pocket. However, I've gone through couple of other food blogs and most of them reviewed Marco's Pizza as bland and tasteless; but again most of these reviews were written back in 2006 - 2007.

At first look, it's hard to pick a dish from the extensive menu with many varieties of pizzas and pastas.

Caesar salad (RM 13.80) with beef bacon (RM 3), fresh romaine lettuce tossed with aioli Caesar dressing, eggs, croutons and shaved parmesan cheese. It was one of the best Caesar salad I've ever had but it was also very inconsistent. In one of my visit, the Caesar dressing wasn't flavorful enough, they must have seriously forgotten about the vinegar and lemon juice in it! Now, I'm afraid to order this anymore since I wouldn't know when it'll taste right. Otherwise, it'll be a perfect plate of healthy Caesar salad with plentiful of beef bacons!

Spaghetti carbonara (RM 19.80), traditional creamy pasta with beef bacon, garlic, eggs and parmesan cheese. The Italians will tell you that real carbonara has no cream in it. The creamy sauce is actually made with beaten raw eggs and grated cheese - you get a creamy mixture that coats every strand of pasta.

Fettuccine al salmone (RM 28.80), with smoked salmon cooked with capers, caviar and light cream in napolitana sauce. It was really indulging with the smoked salmon, capers and caviar that intensified the tomato-based napolitana sauce. At a moment, the sauce was overpowering salty - no where this was near to bland and tasteless! Maybe, they've improvised it over the years to suit the Malaysians heavy taste-buds.

Spaghetti bolognese (RM 18.80), minced beef with parmesan cheese in napolitana sauce.

Fettuccine vegetarian (RM 14.80), with market vegetables enhanced with fresh basil in napolitana sauce. Even though I didn't order this, I couldn't give it back without snapping a picture of it first!

Fettuccine alla panna (RM 16.80), with young mushrooms, generous portions of beef bacon and onions in creamy sauce. Just like carbonara, this pasta doesn't like sitting around for too long and make sure you're ready to eat once it arrives. This pasta was so good that it deserved my full attention! Sadly, the portion was comparatively smaller than the other pastas I've had during the other days.

The signature thin crust Marco's Pizza (RM 18.80), with shredded turkey ham, country chicken egg, napolitana sauce and loads of melted mozzarella cheese. I've always thought it was weird to have an egg on top of a pizza but it was great! The richness of the oozing egg and mozzarella cheese combination was flourishingly hearty.

Pepperoni thin crust pizza (RM 18.80), with smoked beef pepperoni, anchovies, black olives, napolitana sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. Unlike our common pepperoni pizza, this pizza had real salted fish anchovies in it - not our usual ikan bilis! Personally, I don't find their pizzas bland at all, maybe that's because I always opted for the thin crust version.

Lamb shank (RM 26.80), tender succulent lamb braised in fresh tomato sauce, mushrooms and potatoes for 2 - 3 hours.

Most of their pastas are great and filled with strong flavors suited for the Malaysians. At times, I find it overly strong and very different from the authentic Italian pastas I've had in Italy - they're generally simple and bland with the usage of the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Their pizzas may not be the best but they're pretty decent and generous for the price paid for. Remember to go for the thin crust version only.

Verdict: On the contrary of all the bad reviews on Marco's Pizza, I personally find they're actually quite decent. The only problem was inconsistency - like what happened to my Caesar salad and the portions of their pasta vary at times. Some of the dishes are expensive while some are priced decently, just need to know what to order.

No. 81-85, Jalan SS25/2
Taman Bukit Emas,
47301, Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 03-7803 5000
Business Hours: Opens daily from 10.30am - 10.30pm
Pork Free: Yes
GPS: 3.113476,101.604480

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    must try one day.. thanks for the review! :)


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