Flavours of Sapore

Sapore Persiaran Ampang Chef Fabio Ruggiero

Italian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur may be aplenty, but there’s none like Sapore.

Tucked in the cosy street of Persiaran Ampang, Sapore is an Italian restaurant with a twist – it’s not entirely an Italian restaurant after all. Helmed by Chef Fabio Ruggiero of Marini’s on 57 fame, the restaurant serves crowd-favourite Italian-Spanish-Mediterranean dishes freshly made in the kitchen (no ready-made frozen fare here).

The brainchild of Chef Fabio who had always wanted to open a restaurant of his own, Sapore features an elegant, no-fuss interior that ultimately is reflective of the menu. A surfboard greets patrons with the specialty of the week as they enter while the furniture and wall art are kept simple on the inside.

Sapore Persiaran Ampang Chef Fabio Ruggiero
Sapore Persiaran Ampang Chef Fabio Ruggiero
Photo: UPPRE

Although Sapore prides on its Jamon Iberico and other porky offerings, the modern restaurant is beyond just that, with a wider range of options on the menu that are equally as good – all with Chef Fabio’s Italian touch. There are also surprise daily dishes to keep patrons on their toes, so be sure to check with the staff during your visit.

Sapore Persiaran Ampang Chef Fabio Ruggiero
Chef Fabio Ruggiero. (Photo: UPPRE)

Wondering what kind of specials you could be ordering? Here’s our top 3 picks from Sapore’s new arrivals and seasonal menu.

Pizza (New Arrival)
Sapore Persiaran Ampang Chef Fabio Ruggiero
Choose your own cold cut topping on the pizza! (Photo: Sapore)

With 5 different types of basic Italian classic pizzas to choose from: margherita pizza, prosciutto pizza, mushroom pizza, Neapolitan pizza, and, Italian and Spanish sausage pizza, Sapore uses only fresh mozzarella in their pizzas as opposed to the common counterpart to create a distinct flavour. Patrons could also choose their own cold cut toppings with a maximum of two choices from the restaurant’s cold cut list (except for the Jamon Iberico).

Pork Chop with White Wine (New Arrival)
Sapore Persiaran Ampang Chef Fabio Ruggiero
Pork Chop with White Wine. (Photo: Sapore)

Made with locally-sourced pork meat, Chef Fabio marinates the pork chop with paprika and seasoning before patting it with flour and pan-frying it. As for the delicious sauce that goes on top and around the pork chop, the chef uses white wine and butter to thicken it and make it aromatic. The sauce is then sprinkled with parsley and poured on the pork before serving.

Pork Iberico Burger (Special of the Day)
Pork Iberico Burger (Photo: Sapore)

Here’s more information about the Pork Iberico Burger from Chef Fabio himself:

“We use fresh Iberico pork shoulder minced all into an iberico pork patty. We give patrons the choice of refreshing pineapple or the funky mushrooms, followed by pork bacon, onion, mayonnaise, romaine lettuce and tomato slices. Our burger patty is made from premium pork patty to maintain the flavour and the tenderness of the meat.”

Is your mouth watering yet? Guess what, you can now make the pork burger at home too! Here’s a quick rundown of the ingredients and steps per the video above to make your own version of the sensational Sapore pork burger.



Pork meat (preferably iberico shoulder)
Burger buns
Taleggio cheese
Fresh parsley
Black pepper

Sapore Persiaran Ampang Chef Fabio Ruggiero
Photo: UPPRE


1. Slice the pork shoulder into small pieces.
2. Mince the small pieces of meat.
3. Season meat with finely chopped fresh parsley, onion, black pepper and paprika.
4. Mix all the ingredients together and shape it into a patty.
5. Sear the patty on a hot skillet until it chars to lock in the juices.
6. Transfer the patty into a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 4 minutes.
7. Butter the burger buns and toast them until golden.
8. Assemble the burger with tomato and onion slices as you wish.
9. Reheat the cooked patty with taleggio cheese on top until the latter softens.
10. Move the patty to the bun and finish it off with desired greens.
11. Serve with your favourite relish and sides.

Sapore Persiaran Ampang Chef Fabio Ruggiero
Photo: UPPRE

Be sure to try out the recipe and let us know how it turns out! For more information about Sapore, head on to their site at www.sapore18my.com.

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