Singaporeans actually love Italian food. They know that these kinds of cuisine is definitely one of the best kinds in the world. In a 2009 AC Nielsen Research Paper, it says that seventeen percent of Singaporeans picked Italian as their first or second choice when thinking about their favourite type of cuisine. But where do the Singaporean go when they indeed want to get their Italian fix? For a lot of them there’s the popular and centrally located Italian hotspots such as Osvaldo, Oso and Otto. But more enriching experiences await if you take the small trouble of tracking down the handful of rustic Italian eateries located in offbeat venues.
Here’s a few places where you can find the taste of Italy in Singapore:
This place is just opposite of Rex movie theatre and just a few hops away from Little India MRT Station. A spot where you’d least expect it to be. Sole Promodoro is co-owned by Italian cousins Gerri Sottile from Sicily and Mauro from Sardinia. They also jointly own Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria at Club Street. They are mostly known for having perfected the formula for the pizza crust which is actually tweaked from a recipe that originated in one of the oldest pizza parlours in Naples, where Sottile and Muroni previously worked.
This restaurant is located along Greendale Avenue. Just behind the row of shop house restaurants. This place is actually a bit tricky to find since it is a bit hidden from view and you might just drive past it. It’s chef/owner Fabio Iannone was one of the very first Italian Chefs to land on the shores of Singapore in 1995 when he was posted to Singapore as head chef at Al Forno. Their cuisine features the most rustic and sumptuous kinds, filled in fresh vegetables straight from Italy, artichokes, red chicories, tomatoes and more. The menu has some Carpaccio of cod fish crowned with capers in lemon-juice-laced olive oil; savoury homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta, mascarpone cheese and porcini mushrooms.
One of their best ones here are a Carpaccio-style air-dried beef crowned with sheets of Parmesan Cheese and rocket leaves; squid ink fettuccine with a lot of generous hunks of crabmeat in a hearty bisque-like sauce; and last but definitely never the least, mama Alma’s pancetta-wrapped roast chicken in a herbed-up chicken consommé with some rosemary and olives. The 45 seat Valentino at Riffle Range Residential area is probably one of the most authentic trattoria that you can find in Singapore. The place even has windows framed by half laced-curtains and potted plants alongside crimson walls adorned with family photos. Valtulina Valentino is its chef proprietor, but his immediate family all have a stake in running the operation. Valentino’s father, Papa Gianpiero ushers in the guests, while Mama Alma jointly helms the kitchen with Valentino and Perla, his sister, gets the chocolate and pastries ready for desserts.
Pasta Brava Italian Restaurant
Pasta Brava offers tasty and traditional dishes from various regions of Italy. This place was established and being run by a former hotelier, Rolando Luceri who actually has over forty years of experience. Their signature dishes include: Linguine Regina del Mare, Stracci Ai Gamberi E Capesante, Risotto Al Funghi Porcini, Tagliata Di Manzo Stile Toscano, Tiramisu and “Cassata Napoletana”.
Healthy dishes, homey and comfy designed places, luxurious and stylish warm tones, and great Italian food; perfect for romantic dates, special occasions, business trips, holiday vacations, restaurants like these enables customers to get a taste of Italy… right within Singapore.