by Singapore n Beyond | September 27, 2018 1:09 am
Wondering where to get your next authentic Italian fix? Here’s our personal picks of the most Authentic Italian restaurants in Singapore.
Capri Trattoria and Pizzeria is a quaint Italian establishment with seashell-ridged white walls and a cosy ambience. It’s where you can enjoy a plate of authentic Italian fare while classical Italian music plays softly in the background.
Highlights include the Salsiccia alla calabrese, aromatic pork sausages made with spices like paprika; the Fettuccine alla Piemontese, homemade pasta with truffle and cream paste, porcini mushrooms and dried beef; as well as the Sicilian-style Gelato, dressed in pepper and olive oil.
Address: 3 Binjai Park, Singapore 589819
Tues to Sun, 12-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm
A subsidiary of the award-winning Les Amis Group, La Strada is a rustic Italian ristorante furnished with Tuscan wood panels, green awnings and dark colonial shutters. The name literally means “The Street” in Italian, inspired by the way Italians socialise over a meal along the sidewalks of Italy.
Their 3-course lunch is a crowd-favourite. Start with appetisers like sauteed mussels or chickpea and kale soup, follow up with mains like pan-roasted veal chop, the classic aglio oilo, or braised lamb shank, and finish off your meal with a dessert such as the creamy panna cotta or some refreshing gelato.
Address: 1 Scotts Rd, #01-13 Shaw Centre, 228208
12-2pm, 6.30-10pm daily
Started by a husband and wife who dreamed of having authentic Italian fare right here in Singapore, Casa Tartufo exudes a warm, homely feel that is befitting of this family business. This Italian establishment has won awards like the Miele Guide Best 500 Restaurants in Asia 2013.
The menu includes dishes such as the Tajarin, made with their signature egg-noodles and fresh winter black truffles; the Ossobuco, a saffron risotto with braised veal shank; the Costata, char-grilled rib eye steak with winter roasted vegetables; and a crowd-favourite, their famous Truffle Fries.
Address: 33 Erskine Rd, Singapore 069333
Sun to Thurs 12-2.30pm, 6-10pm
Fri & Sat 12-2.30pm, 6-11pm
Another family-run business, Ristorante Pietrasanta is run by a pair of Italian brothers who were inspired by the the Italian town of Pietrasanta, hence the name. The homely interior puts people at ease, letting you chill out and enjoy their Tuscan-inspired dishes that will tempt your palate.
From humble Italian tomatoes to Mozzarella rolls, every dish is made to perfection. Other standout picks include the squid-ink Tagliatelle, and the hand made Fettuccine with pork sausage and black truffles.
Address: 5B Portsdown Rd, #01-03, 139311
Wed to Mon, 11.45am-2.30pm, 5.45-10.30pm
Other than being the name of Mount Etna, an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, ETNA is short for “Every Table Needs Attention”, reflecting this restaurant’s customer-centric philosophy. Their customer service is top-notch, as is their Italian cuisine.
On the menu are true-blue Italian fare, with dishes like the Linguine al Granchio, with crabmeat and soft shell crab in creamy lobster bisque; the Merluzzo alla Griglia, grilled Atlantic cod fish fillet with tangy Sicilian peperonata; and the Quattro Formaggi, a pizza for cheese-lovers with Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Parmigiano and Pecorino.
Address: 110 Upper East Coast Rd, Singapore 455298
12-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm daily
An elegant Italian restaurant at Regent Hotel, Basilico is well-known for their Italian lunch buffet. The spacious restaurant also has a rotisserie, an espresso bar and walk-in wine cellar, and an al fresco dining area on the terrace overlooking the pool.
Their buffet is extensive, with everything from salami to squid ink bread to an array of antipasti and an exceptional range of cheese, including ones like caciotta carda and smoked burrata. Plus, check out their monthly highlights, where Basilico Head, Chef Luca Beccalli, invites diners to savour seasonal ingredients with his creations.
Address: Regent Singapore A Four Seasons Hotel, Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Rd, 249715
Mon to Sat 6:30–10:30AM, 12–2:30PM, 6:30–10PM
Sun 7–10:30AM, 12–3PM, 6:30–10PM
Il Cielo has relocated to its new venue poolside at the Hilton Singapore and is offering outstanding fusion Italian and Japanese flavours, textures and techniques on the plate. Chef Yohhei Sasaki has long experience in Italy and Japan, working under several Michelin-starred chefs and has his own fabulous one in Singapore since a few years.
Ingredients used are seasonal and flown in from Italy or Japan and every dish combines Italian and Japanese techniques with the two country’s respective produce to create a unique marriage on the plate that excels at bringing out the best of both worlds. You can look forward to sweet potato gnocchi with Japanese mushroom sauce, or Japanese crab pasta. Every dish brings the best of both countries and creates unique combination.
The chef’s Omakase menu is a must-try, with the chef’s best dishes presented in a delicate crescendo of flavours that are the highlight of a meal. In autumn, generous amounts of truffle and autumn leaves fill the plates. Chestnuts top the meal.
While Il Cielo currently does not have any Michelin star (though it is recommended on the guide), the smaller number of tables at the Hilton and the chef’s attention to detail are sure to grant him a spot in future edition. You saw it here first!
Other things to look out for at Il Cielo as its semi al fresco dining, with open glass doors that lead to the pool (when it does not rain) giving the restaurant a more relaxed atmosphere (and a less-than-freezing AC experience we fear at other places), as well as the delicious breads and olive oil. Go for the very affordable wine pairing to enjoy Italian wines with your meal.
If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, try one of these romantic restaurants.
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