The reason I was going to Times Square was because mom had her own plans on that day, so I quickly made plans to meet up with some friends for lunch.
For the international readers, we do have a Times Square in Kuala Lumpur. It is nothing like Times Square in New York though, it is just another shopping mall.
They recommended this restaurant called Vivo. This restaurant specializes in American Italian cuisine, more specifically pizza and panini.
For those of you who doesn’t know, Panini is basically Italian grilled sandwich. Imagine Italian version of Subway. My friends claimed that once I’ve eaten a panini from Vivo, I would never want to have a Subway sandwich ever again.
Being the jakun (ignorant fool) that I am, of course I would go for the one with the biggest picture in the menu. Can’t go much wrong with the biggest picture, can you? 😉
My verdict? Well, yeah, having this is much better than having a Subway sandwich. For one, Subway doesn’t offer savory toppings such as grilled fish fillet or crispy chicken (right?). And the bread here is fluffier on the inside. With Subway’s sandwiches, sometimes if feels like you need great teeth strength to eat them.
Only thing is, there’s no Vivo in Penang, so if I ever have a craving for store bought sandwiches, I would still go to Subway.
Vivo also does decent pizza apparently, so we ordered a 10 inch pizza to share among the few of us.
This pizza is properly delightful. The crust is properly made, and the prawns are succulent and given in abundance if compared to the Ebenezer Scrooge pizza chain otherwise known as Pizza Hut Malaysia. By the way, did you know that in the US, Pizza Hut is a buffet restaurant? You pay $6.95 to stuff yourself with pizza, lasagna, meatballs and salad until you cannot walk.
I’m not so sure if Italy’s Italians would approve of this pizza or not though. Last I heard of, Italians would only have their pizza with tomato base, and maybe some cheese and herbs. Anything else is supposed to be blasphemy to this sacred and divine delicacy.
Overall, I would say this is a decent restaurant. You can give it a try if you want. I think they also have outlets in The Curve and Empire Mall/Empire Gallery/Empire Whatever-that-building-is.. I have no idea where that Empire building is though..