A Trip To Ancient Italy

Located in the grande Two Rivers mall is the all new Colosseum restaurant serving up authentic Italian cuisine, wine and culture. Named after the worlds famous amphitheater, this family owned restaurant is a direct representation of Italian culture, ambience and food right in the heart of Kenya.

With another cafe branch situated in Westlands the one at Two rivers is more of a fine dining experience and is set to have a cafeteria area as well.  So if it’s authentic Tiramisu you’re after or a comforting bowl of fresh pasta, the Colosseum restaurant is a must try.

Courtesy of EatOut Kenya and The Colosseum restaurant a few bloggers were invited to the soft launch opening for an Italian foodie experience. I met some amazing food & lifestyle bloggers with a passion for creating content, good food, and new experiences.

Right on entry we were welcomed with warm smiles, smooth Italian jazz in the background and vivid historical references of ancient Rome that decorated the space in the form of paintings and sculptures.

The seating is an open styled plan both indoor and outdoor and is set to have two sections; a fine dining restaurant and a cafeteria area.

 

Serving rich Italian food & cuisines from over 20 regions in Italy, the Colosseum prides itself in using traditional methods that have been passed down from generation to generation as well as being the first Italian restaurant in Kenya to offer Pinsa Romana.

 

Brief history

Pinsa pronounced (Peensa) is from the Latin word “pinsere” which means to crush

Ancient Romans would crush grains and cereals mixed with salt, aromatic herbs and water to create a flatbread known as Pinsa Romana. Formed into oval shapes and cooked on a hot stone with coals, the flavor profile and preparation process is indeed a gem to Italian food culture.

Today we experience Pinsa as a fast paced digestible product better known to you as Pizza..however as Chef explained the preparation methods and nutritional compounds of Pinsa are very different to it’s cousin Pizza.

The Food Experience

Starters & Main

To start us off, Chef presented us with beautiful platters of assorted deli meats, cheese, Zucchini tempura and a Citrus red snapper and pineapple dish. Onto the next course we got to try a selection of Pinsa Romas with prosciutto, Sun Dried Chilli Tomato, Cheesy mushroom and Peperoni. All with a good helping of cheese and paired with a lovely Italian pinot grigio.

With the music right, the conversations bubbling it was time for my favorite part of any meal.

Dessert.

Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Crème brûlée and a hazelnut tart is what was served for dessert. Now truth be told, Italians have some of the best desserts in the world and Tiramisu is among my favorite desserts.

Soft delicate mascarpone meets strong coffee, sponge cake biscuits and a dusting of cocoa powder. A rich, indulgent spoonful of perfection.

 

 

What a beautiful experience it was, a big thank you to the Colosseum restaurant and Eatout for this dining experience and to you my readers I hope you get to visit the Colosseum and experience great Italian culture and food, because when in Rome we do as the Romans do.

Happy dining,

Yours’

DinewithJemutai

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Sylvia Jemutai
Sylvia Jemutai

Sylvia Jemutai is a food and lifestyle photographer, writer, food stylist, and designer based in Nairobi. Exploring life through delicious food and photography one plate at a time. With a fondness for delicious home cooked meals, mammoth salads and occasional dessert for breakfast.