THE alluring flavours of Italy have returned to Golden Sands Resort in Penang — at Sigi’s Bar and Grill on the Beach.
A new a la carte menu debuted recently, offering aficionados many classic and contemporary dishes from the European country.
Hotel manager Christoph Dueker said they wanted to revive the nostalgia of Peppino’s, a hugely popular Italian restaurant that used to be at the property.
“Many long-time guests miss the great pizzas and pastas it offered. We picked the brains of former staff to bring back some old recipes.
“Italian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world. The casual and scenic setting of Sigi’s provides an ideal venue to enjoy it,” he added.
With the comforting sea breeze and picturesque sunsets, it is a lovely place to gather with friends and family, and share a memorable meal.
Items like the Antipasti for Two is made with this in mind. Grab a few morsels, then pass it around the table. Because good food is best when shared.
Equally nice to start with are Traditional Bruschetta, Marinated Mozzas, Calamari Fritti and the customisable Insalata.
For soups, there is Tomay-to Tomah-to, Sigi’s Minestrone and Wild Wild Mushroom.
Overseeing the new menu’s creation is guest chef Gianfranco Pirrone, a Sicilian who heads up Rosso at sister property Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta.
Its highlight are the Griglia or grilled items. Tiger king prawns, Norwegian salmon, red snapper, barramundi, lamb rack, spring chicken, as well as beef T-bone, ribeye or striploin steak, can be had with preferred sides and sauces.
Sigi’s thin crust pizzas have long been a hit. Now, the lineup includes Salmone Affumicato with smoked salmon and ricotta, and The Godfather with beef pepperoni, chicken sausage, grilled chicken strips and ground beef.
The Italian gastronomic journey continues with enticing pastas such as the pesto-based Anatra Affumicato with smoked duck breast, Seafood Aglio e Olio and Spinach Ricotta Ravioli.
Otherwise, try the Petto di Pollo alla Milanese or the heartwarming Cacciucco seafood stew.
Among desserts, the Not Your Regular Tiramisu stands out with its flaky crust and homemade golden fingers, while Sigi’s Panna Cotta pairs rich berries with vanilla cream.
The extensive drinks menu features both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
Notable ones are the Aperol Spritz, Limoncello Margarita, Bellini and Zonin Prosecco DOC.
Sigi’s is open from 11am to 10pm daily.
For more information and reservations, please call 04-8861852.