5 Must-Try Italian Restaurants in Singapore for Every Occasion

5 Must-Try Italian Restaurants in Singapore for Every Occasion

Love your gourmet antipasti, imported cheeses and handmade pastas? Here are 5 must-try Italian restaurants in Singapore for every occasion:


Capri Trattoria & Pizzzeria

Vibe: Unassuming, rustic and warm ambience, service with a personal touch
Perfect for: Group outings or family gatherings

Capri Trattoria & Pizzzeria - Gamberi e Cappesante alle Erbe

Tucked away at Binjai Park, Capri Trattoria & Pizzzeria is a charming, quaint gem of an Italian restaurant. The diverse menu is conceptualised by Milan-born owner Fabrizio Anzolin and Executive Chef Domenico Truglia, and features a wide range of perfectly executed favourites from different provinces of the country.

Capri Trattoria & Pizzzeria - Cacciucco alla Livornese
Ask for recommendations, they are usually spot on. Highlights from the wonderful evening spent here last year, the memories lingers till now, is this Tuscan offering of Cacciucco alla Livornese ($28)—mussels, shelled prawns, squid, clams, crayfish and cod luxuriating in a robust tomato-based sauce—and the vibrant Cannarozzi allo Zafferano ($25).

Capri Trattoria & Pizzzeria - Cannarozzi allo Zafferano

From Abruzzo in South Italy, this dish of homemade tube-like pasta, prepared in a bright saffron sauce, is enjoyed with ricotta cheese, hearty streaks of both smokey and crispy bacon, then topped with shavings of Parmesan.

Capri Trattoria & Pizzzeria - Pasta Riccia all’Nduja

Also good is the Calabrian dish of Pasta Riccia all’Nduja ($25), pasta tossed in house made nduja—a deeply flavoured sauce made with pork, herbs, ricotta and chilli that bore an intriguing kick of spice.

Address: Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria, 3 Binjai Park, Singapore 589819
Tel: +65 6468 4886
Operating hours: Closed Mondays; Tuesday to Sunday 12noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm.


Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar

Vibe: Homely, cheery and casual
Perfect for: Quick bites after you’re sick of all the hipster cafes and just want some good food

Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar - Bubbles

One of the newer kids on the block along Haji Lane, Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar serves up one of the largest range of Italian cocktails or wines along with a comforting, hearty menu of family home-recipes.

Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar - Tartufina Pizza

Besides the delicious pizzas and freshly baked rosemary-garlic breads, go for Chef Domenico’s Sughe D’ Magre ($23)—a linguine dish with tuna, anchovies and green olive in fresh tomato sauce—that’s packed with flavour.

Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar - Sughe D’ Magre
Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar - Pizzawich

Other unique finds include their Pizzawich ($15)—a tasty cross between a pizza and sandwich—that makes for a great and convenient lunch bite, as well as the Bisteeca Di Polipo ($32), beautiful grilled octopus steaks teamed with sautéed spinach and a dash of lemon.

Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar - Bistecca Di Polipo

And for those with stomach after all the carbs, go for the Stinco Di Maiale Alla Birra ($38). Brilliantly done, fall-off-the-bone tender pork knuckle served with mash potato and white cabbage.

Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar - Stinco Di Maiale Alla Birra

Address: 8 Haji Lane (back entrance 39 Arab Street), Singapore 189201
Tel: +65 6296 9688
Operating hours: Closed Mondays; Tuesday to Thursday 5pm-1am; Friday to Saturday 5pm-2am; Sunday 11.30am-10pm


LaBrezza

Vibe: Serene, idyllic, with exceptional service
Perfect for: Busy execs looking for a brief respite from the hustle and bustle

The St Regis Singapore LaBrezza - Insalata Di Mare
There is a certain charm to The St Regis Singapore that simply drains away your worries the moment you step in. And for those seeking to turn up the luxe a notch, head upstairs to the picturesque poolside restaurant LaBrezza where Chef de Cuisine Luca Moioli presents a new menu of seasonal ingredients and fresh produce from Italy prepared with a combination of traditional culinary techniques with modern inspirations.

The St Regis Singapore LaBrezza - Costoletta di Vitello

You won’t go wrong with selections like Insalata Di Mare ($29)—a delightfully fresh seafood salad of prawns, octopus, scallops, mussels, clams and calamari—or the Costoletta di Vitelli ($48, serving portion shown). The golden brown breaded crust breaks to reveal a succulent hunk of veal chop, served with buttered kipfler potatoes and shaved Parmigiana Reggiani.

The St Regis Singapore LaBrezza - Ravioli Del Plin

Chef Luca has wonderful pasta dishes, and the Ravioli Del Plin ($32, serving portion shown) from his latest menu is a definite winner. Traditional Piemontese Agnolotti, filled with chicken, pork and tender veal, is enjoyed in a flavoursome, natural braising sauce and baked Parmesan chips.

The St Regis Singapore LaBrezza - Sicilian Cassata

LaBrezza also has Business Set Lunches available on Mondays to Fridays, $43 for 3-courses or $53 for 4-courses. Every Saturday and Sunday, they also have a Weekend Prosecco Brunch (from $118) with free-flow of Prosecco, a buffet of gourmet antipasti, imported cheeses, handmade pastas and tempting dishes of grilled meats, seafood, pastas and desserts.

Address: Level 2, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
Tel: +65 6506 6884
Operating hours: Monday to Friday 12noon-3pm; Monday to Sunday 7pm-10pm; Saturday and Sunday brunch 12noon-3pm


PerBacco Ristorante

Vibe: Easy-going atmosphere with affordable wines
Perfect for: Dinner with colleagues, or first dates without being too serious

PerBacco Ristorante - Cicchetti

Located on Craig Road, PerBacco is an inviting but casual Italian eatery ideal for leisurely evenings of wining and dining. They offer up an extensive list of Italian labels, with wines starting at only about $9 per glass, that pair well with their spread of  ‘cicchetti’ or small plates.

PerBacco Ristorante - Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and Walnuts (Gnocchi e Fonduta al Gorgonzola)
Go straight for the Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and Walnuts ($26). Freshly made in-house daily, the potato gnocchi were surprisingly pillowy soft – so tender, they almost seem to melt into a puddle of potato-ey goodness complemented by the rich, creamy gorgonzola sauce and sweet crunch of walnuts.

PerBacco Ristorante - Stewed Veal Cheek (Guanciale di Vitello Brasato)

Also delicious is the oh-so tender Stewed Veal Cheek ($34), slow-cooked for three hours till literally spoon-tender, and the Milk-Stewed Codfish ($32)—with sweet and savoury hints of onions and anchovies—served with grilled polenta.

PerBacco Ristorante - Hazelnut Panna Cotta

Of the two desserts I tried, I was quite fond of the Hazelnut Panna Cotta ($12). Slightly caramelised smooth notes of hazelnut in chef’s signature, delicate soft-set Panna Cotta is accentuated by topping of caramelised whole hazelnuts.

Address: #01-03 Craig Place, 20 Craig Road, Singapore 089692
Tel: +65 6635 7130
Operating hours: Closed Sundays; Monday to Saturday 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11.30pm


Basilico

Vibe: Sleek, polished, without being too rigid
Perfect for: Foodies, friends, buffet-lovers

Basilico Regent Singapore - Hams and Cured Meats

Award-winning Italian restaurant Basilico at Regent Singapore reinvents itself every quarter with some brand new dining offerings by Executive Sous-chef Angelo Ciccone and Basilico Head Chef Luca Beccalli.

Basilico Regent Singapore - Squid Ink Risotto

This year, their three-course Basilissimo ‘Best of Basilico’ dinner (includes choice of main, antipasti and dessert buffet) draws inspiration from the mountains and seas of Italy, showcasing some unique dishes reflective of the country’s rich and vibrant geography, culture and produce.

Basilico Regent Singapore - Freshly Baked Bread

The most recent quarter (Jan-Apr 2016) saw flavours from the mountains, showcasing characteristic regional specialities of the Italian peninsula, covering Central Italy from the northernmost to southernmost parts; and the current quarter (4 April to 3 July 2016) features a masterful line-up highlighting flavours from the East coast of the Italian peninsula with a spotlight on seafood, especially shellfish.

The three-course Basilissimo dinner is available at $88 per person, or $123 per person inclusive of two glasses of house wine (wine pairing option also available).

Basilico Regent Singapore - Cheeses

Aside from the wondrous and inventive menu Chef Angelo and Luca has planned out for diners, another big draw to Basilico is their scrumptious antipasti buffet spread—seriously, have you seen their variety of imported cheeses, hams and freshly baked breads—and winsome array of decadent desserts.

Basilico Regent Singapore - Desserts Collage

Address: Level 2, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715
Tel: +65 6725 3232
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30-10pm; Sunday 12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm

Jazpster
Jazpster

What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

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