The night before I took off to the States my friends took me out to this cozy Italian place at Liberty Arcade called Oro 1889. Thankfully we made reservations as every seat was taken, even on a Thursday evening! I can certainly see why, because the food was absolutely palatable. The moment you enter, you’re welcomed into a warmly lit room with a few tables. It has a very rustic unfinished feel, and it makes the entire place very homey. The walls were unplastered brick with unfinished wooden tables. The wood-oven stoves at one end of the restaurant encompassed the whole room in mouthwatering aromas.
My friend patronizes this place often so I let him order everything, from starters to dessert. We ordered the Aubergines Parmigiana as a starter, and oh my lord, I wanted to devour the entire thing. If it was socially acceptable, I would have licked the pan it came in. The bread had the slight stale texture to it that pairs well with a drizzle of olive oil and dipped in the aubergine-tomato-cheese dip-thing. The herby, tomatoey deliciousness was just a prelude to the pizzas we ordered. As our entrees, we ordered the Santa Maria and the San Raffaele pizzas. The Santa Maria was topped with artichokes, pork sausage, mozzarella, and we ordered pancetta bacon on top just for the heck of it. Go big or go home, am I right? Since another one of our friends refrains from eating pork we got the San Raffaele with chicken and aubergines. I didn’t know I had a bottomless stomach, but that night I did because I feasted on a fair amount of slices. The crust was light and had a slight crunch to it, but it no way overpowering the heavenly toppings.
Saluting my ability to scarf down ridiculous portions of food that night, we went all out with the dessert as well. We ordered the homemade tiramisu and these cinnamon balls with homemade vanilla ice cream. I don’t usually spend a lot of time thinking about ice cream, but this one was definitely worth mentioning. I might be wrong, but the vanilla taste was so aromatic and strong that I assumed they actually use real vanilla bean paste. I wasn’t a big fan of the tiramisu just because it was lacking a strong coffee flavor to it. I shouldn’t complain because I’m not a big fan of coffee, but I think for a successful tiramisu, it should have a hint of it at least. But hey, I might be wrong!
Anyway, I’m going to stop my rambling because I could go on about how great this place is (and did I mention fast service, too?). It’s a definitely a place you want to visit if you’re on the island or hoping to come to Colombo!