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Going Italia at Amigo Restaurant, 16 Sierra

The Veggie Pizza he said it was called a Maximus because we only wanted half of it with cheese.
The Veggie Pizza Chicho said was called Maximus because we only wanted half of it with cheese.

We had heard that Amigo Restaurant at the Amigo Clubhouse for residents of 16 Sierra, Puchong South, was very good and since we were there visiting, we thought we’d drop by for our very late lunch.

16 Sierra by IOI properties is one of the nicer developments coming up just at the border between where Seri Kembangan ends and Puchong begins. The one thing I love about the development is the incorporation of gardens all around the individualised pockets of residentials there. Most are landed homes although there is one highrise there dominating the skyline called La Thea.

At the Amigo Clubhouse, 16 Sierra.
At the very resort-like Amigo Clubhouse in 16 Sierra.

You know, one of the reasons why it is called 16 Sierra is because there are 16 themed gardens for each type of property there, sort of like an opportunity to breathe-in and bond with the nowadays fast-disappearing colour ─ green. Anyway, we thought we’d rub shoulders with it while we still could and attend to our rumbling stomachs at the same time.

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There’s Chicho, bringing our Bruchetta.
There’s Chicho, bringing our Bruchetta.

Chicho, the man-at-hand was most helpful. Chicho says he’s from Croatia, well, kind of like right across the Adriatic Sea from Italy but that didn’t matter ─ he seemed to know a lot about pizzas.

Since Amigo's is both an outside-inside restaurant, it afforded us lovely views of the clubhouse, like this scenic display of blue.
Since Amigo’s is both an outside-inside restaurant, it afforded us lovely views of the clubhouse, like this scenic display of blue.
Turn your glance a little sideways and you get this view: The children's pool with the Tipping Bucket.
Turn your glance a little sideways and you get this view: The children’s pool with the Tipping Bucket.

5-spaghetti-forkMy eating companion was Vegan while I wasn’t. And she’s the type who likes pizzas. She asked me to share the pizza with her because he wouldn’t be able to finish it, having ordered a Bruchetta earlier. She wanted a Pizza Margherita but decided against it because of the mozzarella.

The Bruchetta. A simple meal packed full of goodness.
The Bruchetta. A simple meal packed full of goodness.

“Ah, then you would want a Valentino,” said Chicho, recounting the story of a famous Pizza Margherita lover in Italy who couldn’t eat the cheese because of health problems but his wife could, so he would put the cheese only on one half of the pizza for the wife’s portion while he would eat the only-tomato other half. Apparently the man named the pizza Valentino.

My Chicken Lasagnia. Ooolala!
My Chicken Lasagnia. Ooolala! And in the background… the Bruchetta!

But then my eating companion changed her mind and wanted a Veggie Pizza instead. It still featured mozzarella so we decided to have the cheese put on one side ─ for me.

“Ah, then it would be called a Maximus,” exclaimed Chicho, understanding our order completely. “You know the movie Troy?“ he asked. “Sure, I can make it that way!”

Ah! The Maximus. Or so it seems.
Ah! The Maximus. Or so it seems.

Chicho was a chirpy fellow. I asked him if he had any Italian blood in him.

Apparently, his father was from Rome. At least that’s close enough. But his mother was from Yugoslavia.  Hmmm. Well, it’s a half and half here too,

I ordered a Chicken Lasagnia.

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The menu. They serve local food as well such as rice.
The menu. They serve local food as well such as rice.

While we waited for our order to arrive, we looked around. It was a nice clubhouse with swimming pools, play pools, gym and yoga decks and all. But its membership is only for the residents of the exclusive 16 Sierra development. Membership fees are only RM1,400 a year for a family package of four but like I said: You gotta live there, babe. The restaurant, however, is open to the public.

Pipin' hot and oozy, just the way I like it!
Pipin’ hot and oozy, just the way I like it!

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And then our food arrived. My Chicken Lasagnia was good. Very punchy, full of flavor and oozy cheesy, the way I liked it. Oh, and it was very filling too.

It was so filling, I couldn’t eat my pizza after that. But I did try a piece. It had a different flavour from the commercial ones and in comparison, you could say this one was mild.

My companion liked her Bruchetta better. Just plain bread with olives, garlic and chopped tomatoes, it was a strong and bitey meal, with the

The “red” half was the veg half. The other half was mine.
The “red” half was the veg half. The other half was mine.

piquancy brought out by the burst of garlic, olives and tomatoes in combination. I tried some. It was very delightful, the kind of meal you would enjoy looking at a resort-like scenery like we were doing.

We were delighted by the prices too. The Bruchetta cost just RM5.00. The pizza RM16.00 and the Chicken Lasagnia RM19.00.

Would we come back? Yes, we think so.

We waved goodbye to Chicco when we left, thinking to ourselves we’d drop by again soon. Amigo’s at 16 Sierra was nearby to us, which is a good thing. Where else would we get non-commercial Italian food at such a good deal?

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