PUBLISHED October 17th, 2017 09:00 am | UPDATED November 1st, 2017 12:37 am
Walk a few steps into any mall or down any street in Singapore and you’ll likely find a place for pizza or pasta – the culprits that led to so-called Italian restaurants being a dime a dozen in our sunny isle. So how would you know which place to go for authentic nosh from The Boot? We sussed out these 11 spots to check out for Italian fare.
Have some classic Italian fare with some modern flair at Grand Hyatt’s Pete Place, where the arrival of pizza chef Daniele heralds a refreshed menu. Featuring 25 brand new dishes added to the mix, feast on Arrancini alla Bolognese rice balls with black Angus Bolognese, Capelli d’angelo all’ Aragosta with Maine lobster and Truffle Pizza with black truffle, bal pasese, fontina, potatoes and arugula for a filling meal. If you’re famished on a Sunday, head down on for a brunch of hearty salads, antipasti, handmade pasta and pizza live stations, and top it off with free flow drinks.
Pete’s Place is located at 10 Scotts Rd, Grand Hyatt Singapore Hotel, Singapore 228211, +65 6732 1234. Opens daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm; Sun 11.30am – 2.30pm (Sunday brunch).
A newly minted array of dishes at Prego means comforting pastas, seasonal mains and freshly baked pizzas at your fingertips when you visit the Fairmont Singapore restaurant. The finest produce in the skilful hands of chef de cuisine Antonio Facchinetti gives you crowd favourites to try such as Polpo alla Griglia ($28++, Char-grilled Octopus) and Cappellacci di Zucca con Ragu Bianco ($36++, Cappellacci in Butternut Pumpkin and White Bolognese Sauce). And if you’re too busy for a long sit-down meal, try the Piatto Unico Express Business Lunch Platter ($55++), featuring salad, ricotta and fish served within 20 minutes. Read our review here.
Prego is located at 80 Bras Basah Road, Level 1, Fairmont Singapore, Singapore 189560, p +65 6431 6156. Open daily 6am – 11am (breakfast), 5pm – 6pm (early bird dinner), 6pm – 10.30pm (dinner), 6.30am – 10.30pm (deli); Mon-Sat 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch), Sun 12pm – 3pm (Sunday brunch). For reservations, please book here.
One of the first celebrity restaurants in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, chefs Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton’s Osteria Mozza is the place to have quality Italian cuisine with impeccable service. Highlights from the menu include Tagliatelle with oxtail ragù ($28) and Lamb Chops with insalata di fregola sarda, mint & yogurt ($62), but if that’s not your fancy, check out their extensive mozzarella bar with over 10 kinds of mozzarella and other cheeses to pick from. Read our review here.
Osteria Mozza is located at 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-42-46 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956, p. +65 6688 8522. Opens Mon-Fri 5pm – 11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm – 2.30pm, 5pm – 11pm.
An explosion of flavour awaits at Etna, named for the active volcano located on the east coast of Sicily, where most of the restaurant’s produce hails. Taking on a contemporary approach towards Mediterranean-influenced dishes, try their Ciriole alla Norcina ($28; Homemade semolina pasta, mushrooms, homemade sausage and truffle paste) and Tonno Scottato alle Erbe ($ 36; Seared fresh yellowfin tuna loin breaded with herbs, broccoli flan and red onion) for a taste of the region, right in Singapore.
Etna is located at 50 Duxton Road, Singapore 089513, +65 6220 5513 and 110 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455298, p. +65 6444 9530. Opens daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (both outlets).
Tuscan food gets their time in the spotlight at Ristorante Pietrasanta, named for the renowned resort town home of owners Loris and Giuseppe Massimini. Tuck in to homemade goodness such as Tortelli di Salsiccia ($19.90; Tuscan hand-made ravioli filled with mome-made sausage in meat sauce) and Fettuccine con Salsiccia e Tartufo Nero ($27.90; hand-made fettuccine with hand-made pork sausage & black truffle), after downing an aperitivo at the start of your meal from their cocktail menu.
Ristorante Pietrasantra is located at 5B Portsdown Road, #01-03 Singapore 139311, p. +65 6479 9521. Opens Mon, Wed-Fri 11.45pm – 2.30pm, 5.45pm – 10.30pm; Sat-Sun 11.45am – 2.45pm, 5.45pm – 10.30pm. Closed Tue.
Located within a vintage colonial building, Buona Terra boasts an elegant ambience with classy Italian fare, headed by chef Denis Lucchi. Celebrating artisanal food in cuisine, take your pick of three or four-course create-your-own-menus, or a five-course degustation one for both lunch and dinner. Some options include Garden of Autumn (Fresh Porcini Mushroom stuffed with Ricotta cheese, diced porcini, white truffle soil) and Flying Squid (artichoke, squid ink and greek bottarga) – ask the chef for what’s cooking that day.
Buona Terra is located at 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224, p. +65 6733 0209. Opens Mon-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm; Sat 6.30pm – 10.30pm. Closed Sun.
The latest spot in Italian restaurateur Beppe de Vito and Il Lido Group’s portfolio, Amò in Hong Kong Street gathers the culinary influences from all of Italy. The spacious eatery features some exquisite offerings from the pizza oven, such as Friarielli, Pancetta, Pumpkin, and Smoked Mozzarella ($28) and the Stracciatella, Prosciutto, Rucola, and Fig Vincotto ($29), created by chefs Federico Schiraldi and Mary Cirillo who spent two years in Puglia to perfect their pizza-making techniques.
Amò is located at 33 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672, p. +6723 7733. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm, Sat 6pm-11pm. Closed Sun.
Il Lido at the Cliff
The perfect spot for dates (and proposals!) atop a high hill in Sentosa, Il Lido at the Cliff in Sentosa’s Sofitel Resort & Spa remains a stalwart in the Italian culinary scene. Overlooking the forested surroundings of the resort, enjoy lunch or dinner within the classy dining room while sipping on a glass of Prosecco with your 24 Egg Yolk Tagliolini with Sea Urchins and Salmoriglio or Black Cod with Caramelized Celeriac and Lemon Capers. Finish up with some sweet treats – we hear the Swiss Chocolate Coulant with Amaretto and Pistachio Gelato is particularly good. Read our review here.
Il Lido at the Cliff is located at 2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore 099891, p. +65 6708 8310. Opens Mon-Fri 6pm – 10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm.
Walk up to the second floor of this newly-restored heritage shophouse to discover Braci, by the Singapore River in the heart of Boat Quay. Firing up fresh ingredients in their Josper oven and shichirin grill, the one-Michelin-star establishment’s best includes Roasted Pigeon with apple and crispy skin ($42) and Seabass with eggplant parmigiana and saffron sauce ($45). Not sure what to pick? Try the Degustation menus starting from $100 for four courses.
Braci is located at 52 Boat Quay, Level 5/6, Singapore 048941, p. +65 6866 1933. Opens Tue-Fri 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10.30pm, Mon & Sat 6pm – 10.30pm (restaurant); Mon-Sat 5pm – 12am (bar). Closed Sun.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar
The place for the affluent craving Italian fare, Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar offers up some classy plates for you to try. With a number of menus suitable for different occasions, we recommend the Ossobuco Alla Garibaldi ($58; Garibaldi signature wagyu beef cheek with bone marrow and saffron risotto) and Gnocchi al Gorgonzola ($28; spinach & potato dumplings with Gorgonzola cheese sauce) at this one-Michelin-star spot. Read our review here.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar is located at 36 Purvis Street #01-02 Singapore 188613, p. +65 6837 1468. Opens daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
Feeling up for a boozy Sunday brunch? Head down to Basilico for your pick of fresh, seasonal and authentic Italian cuisine. With a walk-in wine cellar to pair your antipasti, mains and desserts with, start with their huge Italian cheese range before moving to mains such as Bigoli Cotti In Brodetto Di Pesce (Bigoli pasta cooked in soup of langoustine with red onions, oregano and Chardonnay wine sauce) and Pancetta di Maiale Croccante Crispy (pork belly with sweet and sour cabbage and crispy bread canederli in Marsala wine broth).
Basilico is located at 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715. Opens Mon-Sat 6.30am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm; Sun 7am – 10.30am, 12pm – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10pm.
Top Image: Gnocchi alla sorrentina, Pete’s Place