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FUN MAGAZINE, May, 2006.
--By Cat Thomas, translated by Shanzi
It's hard to pinpoint the secret of
"the italian job's" (sic) appeal. It could
be so many things -- the warm welcome, the good service,
the relaxed atmosphere, the decor or the setup. Most
importantly, their food is fantastic. One of the chefs
describes how he was brought up in an Italian neighbourhood.
While his friends watched hockey (which he wasn't into)
he would follow the Italian mums around the kitchen
as they prepared food, watching and learning. At age
12 he started cooking on his own. This homespun skill,
combined with quality ingredients imported from Italy,
has certainly paid off. The Antipasto (NT$240/290),
a platter of pecorino romano, goat cheese, a selection
of olives, fresh quartered tomatoes, and julienned sun-dried
tomatoes, is simply divine. Don't miss out on the Parmesan
Chicken Roll (NT$290): flattened chicken breast stuffed
with proscuitto and mozzarella, served with either their
house special parmesan sauce or marinara sauce. Looking
for a relaxed, but classy meal? "the italian job"
is your venue. Reservations are advised.