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4/5

Santoré Bistro Italiano

45 Marcus Fernando Mavatha, Colombo 7


With high quality ingredients, Santoré serves authentic Italian cuisine at a great location.



In the latter half of 2013, Santoré was the newest Italian restaurant to join the fray. They've got high quality ingredients, authentic cuisine and a great location at the Tennis Association. We liked them then, and that hasn't changed after our second visit.

Food

When we first checked the place out last year, they were still finding their feet. Now, one year down the line they've ironed out the small kinks and established themselves as one of the major contenders in the local Italian food scene. Authentic Italian food is ominous for being expensive, mostly due to the high quality ingredients that almost always have to be imported. This is where Santoré has an edge on the competition with some pretty reasonable prices, having actually reduced the price of their pizzas over the last year. They've got a very comprehensive list of Italian pizzas priced between Rs. 1350 - Rs. 2000 and pastas between Rs. 850 - Rs. 1300, with a pizza generally being enough for 2 or 3. So expect to pay around Rs. 1800 per head.
Penne con pollo Penne con pollo
We got a half shrimp (Rs. 925) - half salami pizza (Rs. 725) and penne con pollo (Rs. 900). The latter is a penne pasta served with tomato sauce, parmegiano cheese and chunks of boneless chicken. We were happy with the dish as a whole but we felt the tomato sauce could have used a bit of sweetness. This is mostly a personal preference since I myself have gotten used to the added sugar in Sri Lankan tomato sauces. The pasta and chicken were both cooked very well, and all in all tasted quite authentic.

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We were pretty happy with the fact that the option of having a half-half pizza was available to us, so we went with 2 contrasting flavours in the shrimp and salami (Diavola). One half had shrimp, pesto sauce and mozzarella cheese, while the other had salami, tomato sauce and mozzarella. The pizza was made while we were watching, in a large clay oven, something you don't generally get to experience in most places. The dough had a distinctly pleasant flavour which we couldn't wrap our heads around, so when we inquired from the chef he told us the flavour was from the cinnamon wood used in the oven. Another thing we appreciated was the fact that the shrimp had been butterflied and had the veins removed before cooking. The shrimp half of the pizza was slightly oily but not in a way that it obscured the flavour, and it was clearly olive oil so you'll hear no complains from us on that. The salami was also of a very high quality, and there was a generous portion of it on the pizza. The slight spiciness of the salami complemented the mozzarella cheese for a great balance of flavours.

Ambience and Service

The Sri Lanka tennis association isn't a place you'd generally expect to find an Italian restaurant, but we found the location to work well with the simple bistro theme at Santoré. They've got outdoor seating as well, so if you enjoy watching a game of tennis,  you can do that while you eat.

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The service was also quite fast with everything being ready in under 15 minutes. On our earlier visit, the owner (Antonio) was manning the oven but this time around a local chef was running the service. Needless to say he did quite an impressive job. The staff was also friendly and had a good knowledge of all the different ingredients that were on the pizzas.

Conclusion

We're really glad to see Santoré having improved their already high standards over the past year along with reductions in prices,  which is a rarity for any restaurant. If you're looking for authenticity and value for money,  Santoré is a pretty good bet.

TIP

Ask for truffle oil.
All Reviews

Santoré Bistro Italiano is one of Colombo's better options for Italian fare, serving up stellar pizza and a range of pasta.

In the latter half of 2013, Santoré was the newest Italian restaurant to join the fray. They've got high quality ingredients, authentic cuisine and a great location at the Tennis Association. We liked them then, and that hasn't changed after our second visit.

This Italian restaurant imports the best ingredients (including an amazing pizza oven) and is manned by actual Italians. Top it off with a beautiful, verdant location and intelligent staff and you have a real treat hidden in Colombo 7.

සිංහල සැන්ටෝරේ කියන්නේ ලයිෆ්ස්ටයිල් එක පිටිපස්සේ තියෙන ටෙනිස් කොර්ට්ස් ළඟ තියෙන කදිම ඉතාල අවන්හලක්. ඒකට ලස්සන හරිතමය පිහිටීමක් තියෙනවා වගේම විශිෂ්ට පිට්සා, කදිම රස ද්‍රව්‍ය වගේම බුද්ධිමත් කාර්යමණ්ඩලයක් ඉන්නවා. ඒක දැනටනම් හොයාගන්න ටිකක් අමාරුයි. ඒකත් ලාලිත්‍යයේම කොටසක්. අපි තදින්ම රෙකමදාරු කරනවා ඒක.

Address

45 Marcus Fernando Mavatha, Colombo 7

Directions

Santore is located right inside the Sri Lanka Tennis Association, behind the Lifestyles Gym. On the main road it's between the Green Path roundabout and the National Museum. There's some big trees and a parking lot. Walk basically in to Lifestyles and continue down the path till it ends at the tennis courts. Santore is on your right.

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Cuisine

Western Italian

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

Pizza

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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User Reviews
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5/5

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RichardKroon

Delicious food and a lovely place to eat it, I'll be back for sure

G
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1/5

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Giules

A family dining experience summarized:
-LKR 1700 for a king prawn pasta dish that was smaller than the palm of my hand. The other pasta dishes were in the LKR 1200 range and up.
-Food quality was quite poor in relation to prices commanded. (E.g. veg pasta dishes swimming in cream, etc.)
-Compare this to high-end Italian restaurants that charge slightly less for superior quality & quantity. -Waiters appeared to be untrained.(I can elaborate)
-No word from the owner despite him being present.
-Poorly lit outdoor area, and poorly lit entrance, risking stumbling on pathway.

R
1

5/5

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RichardKroon

Delicious food and a lovely place to eat it, I'll be back for sure

G
1

1/5

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Giules

A family dining experience summarized:
-LKR 1700 for a king prawn pasta dish that was smaller than the palm of my hand. The other pasta dishes were in the LKR 1200 range and up.
-Food quality was quite poor in relation to prices commanded. (E.g. veg pasta dishes swimming in cream, etc.)
-Compare this to high-end Italian restaurants that charge slightly less for superior quality & quantity. -Waiters appeared to be untrained.(I can elaborate)
-No word from the owner despite him being present.
-Poorly lit outdoor area, and poorly lit entrance, risking stumbling on pathway.

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5/5

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udaras

Awesome stuff…

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3/5

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praviinaar

It was a great experience. The service was very pleasing but could be improved on. The chicken sausage pizza was quite tasty, however the crust was quite burnt and unable to eat. I would definitely go again.

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