La Trattoria is a chic restaurant in Battaramulla that serves up some very good Italian food, though we don't think the huge price is worth the experience. They're the same people who own Il Gelato, and after some Italian you can step outside and have some ice cream (similarly tasty and expensive) on the same premises.
We're excited that Battaramulla has for a while now been turning into a very happening hub, full of interesting restaurants and hang-out spots like the Diyatha Uyana
, and La Trattoria is definitely on the list.
There are a couple of different spaces in the restaurant that you can dine at - either out in front on the grass if the weather's good, or the immediate dining space where there's A/C, or the second dining room flanked by a decorative bamboo wall, or our favourite spot out back where there's a huge tree winding up the centre courtyard and sofas and cushions in the surrounding patio. The space is very quiet and calm and you feel like you're not in Colombo anymore. We're big fans of the vintage photographs and posters all over the restaurant.
We got a chicken and mozzarella pizza (Rs. 1500) - 8 pieces being the only option, spaghetti with seafood (Rs. 1800), and their special, grilled jumbo prawns (Rs. 1950). We waited about 20 minutes till the dishes arrived, and the waiters were polite though they hover around you a little during the meal and when it's time to pay up. We would have preferred to sit inside in the A/C because it was a hot day but we were told it would take half an hour for the room to cool, and were shown the way to the courtyard space instead.
We loved our pizza - the bread was thin and soft, there was plenty of chicken, and the cheese is always the most important part and they nailed it, it was gooey and just the right amount.
The spaghetti was good, with bits of calamari and plenty of soft juicy prawns - though for almost 2000 bucks we wished the portion would have been larger, it was a full meal for just 1 person.
We were told the jumbo prawns here are a popular dish and we absolutely loved them. They were extremely soft and slightly sweet, and tasted great with the sweet pumpkin curry that came with the dish (which tastes good with the spaghetti too). But again for almost 2000 rupees, and for two big jumbos and a few medium ones, it can feel like a bit of a rip off (a delicious rip off nevertheless).
For desserts we were recommended the tiramisu for Rs. 850, but it unfortunately failed to please. You could tell that the cream was actually nicely made, but the dish was totally ruined because of its utter sogginess, and we didn't have more than two bites of it.
With taxes from hell, the bill came to almost Rs. 8000 for just two people. It wasn't fine dining and the food was tasty but not mind-blowing - so while you can be sure your main courses will be delicious here, and the ambience is lovely - we don't think the place truly justifies the cost.
The ravioli is excellent, as is the ice cream. Perhaps just have those.