Italian Spaghetti Kitchen is a cozy Italian restaurant started three years ago by two Myanmar brothers Te Lwin and Bon Kyaw, both chefs with a dream to bring a taste of Italy to Yangon. The idea sprouted when in 1983 Te Lwin received a six months scholarship to study the art of cookery and pasta at a cooking school in the Abruzzo province of Northern Italy.

Simple décor with a dash of Italian charm, the walls are painted red, green and white. The walls are plastered with wood panels and brick walls with black lanterns and pictures of vintage posters, which reminded me of a local mom-pop joint in New York city. Overall, the staff was very friendly and the vibe warm and cozy. Missing ingredients were good lighting and music.

Starter was the Italian Salad (2,800Ks) – salad mix tossed with salami, ham and provolone drizzled in Italian vinaigrette and sprinkled with parmesan. Rich, yet light, tangy yet settling, it came served on a chilled plate – a great start to the next dish—a hearty, thin-crust Three Meat Pizza (5,800Ks) with good quality mozzarella cheese, real Italian sausage, honey-baked ham and pepperoni. The last dish was the Seafood Parmigiano (4,500Ks) with its sautéed half-stuffed mussel, tiger prawn & squid topped with mozzarella and served with spaghetti Aglio Olio, a traditional Italian pasta dish from Napoli lightly glazed in garlic and oil. The Mango Lassi was a great side drink.

The pizzas are all 5,800 Ks. The pasta dishes run anywhere from 3,800Ks to 4,500Ks. The hearty meals include the Grilled Pork Chop (4,200Ks), Rotisserie Chicken (4,200 Ks) and Crispy Soft Shell Crab (4,500Ks). The dessert menu is a lusciously sweet selection of Chocolate Brownie (1800Ks), Apple Crumble (1,800 Ks) and Mascapone flavoured with espresso & kahlua (2,560Ks).

If you want a taste of little Italy without the big price tag, this is the place to come. The food is excellent and the service is homey. The prices are kept low to attract more Myanmar locals. I would definitely come back here over and over again to savor the various entrees. Not recommended for a first date, but a great place for couples craving a casual bite of high-quality Italian dishes or to bring a large group of friends for a conversation-filled hangout of authentic appetizers, pizza and beer.

15A Yadanar Street (behind petrol station; cross street Dhammazedi Road) Myanigone Township
Phone: 524903 or 0931811096
OPENING HOURS : Monday to Sunday – 9:30am to 9:30pm
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