I can’t count how much I’ve kept coming back here. Since my college life (more than a decade ago!), Nanamia has been a great option every time I need to celebrate good days with boyfriend or friends. Their affordable and delicate dishes were convenient to student allowance—although sometimes it takes a sorting hahaha. Until today, even I’m no longer one who living the best life in the most comfortable city ever, I keep coming back to Nanamia, order their old (but gold) dishes, sometimes try a new menu too, and have a good time.
My all-time favourite menu is Fettucine Funghi, Penne Salmone, and Cannelloni ai Spinaci. For their wood-oven pizza, I love everything with salmon or tuna, along with mozzarella and some olives. I also fell hard for their Quattro Formaggi. As a 90’s kid who grew up eating thick pizza dough at Pizza Hut, found a thin one is definitely a historical moment thanks to Nanamia. Thin crust, a light spread of tomato sauce, and a traditional aroma, oh my love.
On our last visit to Nanamia last week, Mas Gepeng, his mom, his sister, and I went to Nanamia on a cloudy day. That kind of weather was actually not perfect for pasta, but eating with your family which you haven’t met as long as the pandemic exists, is worth celebrating at our darling restaurant. I ordered something new on the menu. I saw the word ‘rucola’ and it ridiculously reminds me of a candy advertisement, you know what I mean? Haha. So I ordered rucola salad for me and rucola pizza for sharing.
My sister enjoyed her classic lasagna, my mother-in-law also enjoyed her fettuccine, all of us appreciated the appetizers they served except me. Me? Hmmm. I didn’t enjoy my bowl.
Rucola, as known as rocket, is part of the brassica family that popularly consumed raw. Since it has a bitter taste, rucola mostly used as complimentary along with other popular vegetable such as romaine and lettuce. I’ve tried rucola as pizza topping and the greener in a sandwich, like our sandwich back in Florence. But in Nanamia, rucola played the main role. It covered all the pizza dough and being the only veggie at the salad. So as you may guess, I felt nothing but an extraordinarily bitter taste. They seriously need to use bigger chunks of smoked salmon, or use feta cheese, or simply decrease the portion and mix with other veggies.
After a quiet battle with rucola, I need to indulge my tongue with super sweet stuff. Here you go, creme brulee to the rescue! Uuugh thank you mother nature for a satisfying bowl of sugar. The crackly sugar top, the softness of custard, I instantly forgot the terrible bitterness! Despite the drama with rucola, Nanamia remains a legend in our hearts. Nanamia fills our youth, and we’ve been marking our moments there. Oh if you want to take your little troops, Nanamia has special area for them to play. Please be make sure you keep your troops play safely since no one dedicated to watching them all the time. And give them a milkshake. They will thank you!