Il Ponte (Hilton).

Il Ponte at Hilton is one of the older Italian restaurants in Colombo. It
may not be as popular as it was back in the day, but their food is still pretty
solid all-round, although the setting could use some work.

Ambience & Service

The last time I was at Il Ponte was back in 2008, and I quite literally
forgot about it until I realised that we hadn’t reviewed it. Coming back, it
seems like nothing much has changed in terms of ambience, at least not for the
better. The poolside setting is still pleasant but it lacks the charm it
once had. The dining area is plain with generic furniture and nothing else to
really emphasise the Italian theme. However, most of the hotel is being
renovated, so hopefully this section will follow suit soon.

While friendly and brisk, the service was inconsistent.
We found ourselves having to look around for the
waiters (who were busy watching the match at times) when we were the only

The Food

True to its name, Il Ponte offers a small, almost entirely Italian menu,
besides a few oddities like fish and chips. The prices vary widely
but we’d recommend Il Ponte for the pizzas, which are quite reasonably
priced between Rs 1,100-Rs 2,200 for a large, eight-slice pie. The mains, on
the other hand, are definitely pricey in comparison, with most costing upwards
of Rs 2,000. That being said, we didn’t really come across any major flaws in
the dishes we tried.

We started things off with the spicy cheese croquettes (Rs 495), which were
well seasoned and crispy with a soft and creamy cheese filling. They were not
excessively spicy, but had enough heat to justify the description. These were
served with a side of what was meant to be a tomato confit, although I’d say it
tasted more like a thick tomato sauce.

The pollo picante pizza (Rs 1,350) was surprisingly large for the price.
Considering the flavour and quality of the ingredients used, we’d say it’s good
value for money. Nowadays, stringy mozzarella pizzas are found mostly just on
TV adverts (thanks Pizza Hut -.-), but that’s exactly what we got with this
one. It came with plenty of roast chicken, a good amount of bell peppers and
sautéed onions for added texture. The only minor issue we had with it was that
the chicken was a bit dry, but it was seasoned perfectly. With eight
substantial slices, this can be shared among two to three people (provided it’s
not the only thing you order).

Another affordable menu option was the beef lasagna (Rs 1,395), which was
actually our favourite dish of the lot. Once again, we got a generous amount of
mozzarella baked over a substantial portion of lasagna, which was cooked just
right. We also liked the fact that they didn’t skimp on the minced beef, which
was moist and flavoursome thanks to the tomato sauce. The sauce also added a
hint of sweetness, balancing out the flavours nicely.

To wrap up our very Italian meal, we went with the tiramisu (Rs. 695) for
dessert. It’s still quite tough to find a good tiramisu in Colombo, but Il
Ponte’s certainly makes a strong claim. The standout element of this tiramisu
was undoubtedly the mascarpone cheese, which was light and smooth with the
slightest coffee undertone. The coffee hit came through with the cake, which
could have been thicker. But the overall flavour was still excellent.


Though it may seem like Il Ponte is old news, their Italian fare is still
top notch. They aren’t the cheapest place in town and the service has room for
improvement, but their pizzas certainly offer good value for

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Indulge in Japanese Culinary Bliss at Minori Restaurant

By Sahasni Gamage Nestled within the luxurious Granbell Hotel, Minori Japanese Restaurant offers an unparalleled

Highlights Kamu

Experience flavorful Singaporean delights with a modern twist at Shiok!

By Sahasni Gamage We recently had the pleasure of dining at Shiok Singaporean Restaurant, which

Highlights Kamu

7 Fantastic Pizza Places to Try in Colombo

By Shamrina Carim Colombo, the vibrant capital city of Sri Lanka, is a haven for

Highlights Kamu

High Tea Guide for 2023

You and your friends decide to meet up after your last farewell, get together or

Highlights Kamu

Excel World Legacy Food Court launches Indi-Arabia Menu

By Hashini Pathirana Experience a culinary journey like no other at Excel World's launches


A Taste of Jaffna at Flavoured by Cinnamon Red

By Hiruni Herath Flavoured at Cinnamon Red is enclosed by stunning views of the Colombo

Highlights Kamu Uncategorized


Shangri-La Colombo and Shangri-La Hambantota’s customer-centric ethos wins top awards at WTA 2023

Shangri-La Colombo ranked Sri Lanka's Leading Hotel, Leading Business Hotel and Leading Hotel Suite 2023.


Browns Hotels & Resorts Celebrates World Tourism Day with an Insightful Forum

Key industry experts convene to inspire action for sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka. World Tourism


Santhosh Narayanan is coming to Jaffna

"Sounds of the South - Yaazh Gaanam - A Santosh Narayanan Concert" The biggest musical


Radisson Blu Resort Galle recently organized a delightful wine-tasting occasion

Radisson Blu Resort Galle recently hosted a delightful wine-tasting event on September 17th, showcasing an


Hilton Sri Lanka Collaborates with VOICE Area Federation to Enhance Community Resilience and Combat Hunger

For a brighter and secure Sri Lanka, fostering sustainability via community farms and kitchen programs.


Galle Face Hotel Presents ‘Yaalpana Santhai’ – A Gastronomic Journey into Jaffna Cuisine

Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Galle Face Hotel, an iconic landmark in Sri Lanka's hospitality


Yamu Guide.

Spotting Blue Whales in Mirissa with Chaminda Whale Watching

The whale watching tour in Mirissa Start time: 6:30am Duration: 3-5 hours depending on sightings

Highlights Yamu Guide

The Rise of Plant-Based Diets: Benefits and Challenges

By Shamrina Carim In recent years, plant-based diets have surged in popularity, drawing attention for

Highlights Yamu Guide

6 Things to Do at One Galle Face

Set against the panoramic backdrop of the Indian Ocean "Colombo’s first prestigious shopping mall is

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Things to do at Colombo City Center

By Shanali Fernando 1. Shop till you drop A stunning integrated lifestyle destination set in

Highlights Yamu Guide

Wedding Venue List 2023

By Shanali Fernando When envisioning your wedding day, you may find yourself torn between various

Highlights Trending Yamu Guide

8 Places to get an Eid Sawan this Hajj Festival

The Muslims celebrate Hajj globally on the 29th of June, 2023. No doubt, along with

Highlights Yamu Guide