Cheese, pasta, pizzas, cold cuts – pop by these dining establishments if you can't get enough of these Italian staples
Hidden gems, swanky restaurants, neighbourhood joints – you’ll find Italian food on just about any corner in Singapore. But when you’re craving pasta and/or pizza, we know you won’t settle for subpar creations. Get ready to hit up these Italian dining spots in Singapore for a meal your taste buds won’t let you forget.
Hopping on the small plates bandwagon, &SONS (pictured above) offers a resplendent spread of Italian small plates like artisanal pastas, home-baked bread, premium grilled meats and cold cuts (order up their home-cured salami) as well as seafood. Vino lovers can relish a glass from their extensive wine menu, while savouring the signature Italian cheese mixed board.
&SONS, #01-19 China Square Central, 20 Cross Street, Singapore 048422, p. 6221 3937.
Jamie’s Italian Forum
Treat your tastebuds right at Jamie’s Italian at Forum. The charming resto’ is totes #instagramworthy with it’s rustic wooden furnishings and gorgeous hand-painted tiles. Unlike their Vivo branch, this outlet offers hand-stretched pizzas. Like mushrooms? Order the decadent funghi misti with porcini mushroom sauce, roasted mushrooms, mozzarella and chervil. Want to keep it simple? Opt for ‘The Parma’ with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, San Daniele prosciutto, rocket, and Parmesan.. If you’re craving for old favourites from their Vivo outlet like their freshly-made pastas, fret not; you can still get them here. Jamie’s Italian Forum is open from 10am onwards – swing by for your morning coffee run and load up on their dainty Italian pastries to kickstart your day.
Jamie’s Italian Forum, #01-01/04 Forum Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 23884, p. 6655 7676.
If truffles make you weak, then you must have the La Nonna Signature Pizza (tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, asparagus, egg and black truffle), a sheer truffle treat. The quality of the crust at La Nonna also deserves special mention: light and crispy all around.
La Nonna, 26/26B Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277685, p. 6468 1982.
For tasty, authentic pasta with a fantastic view, Bella Pasta in Robertson Quay tops our list. You’ll get to slurp up amazing homemade pasta and risotto (we’ve heard that the risotto fungi porcini tartufo is particularly delicious!) while taking in a view of the Singapore River. Besides pasta, the restaurant also serves up a wide array of meats and seafood such as Bistecca alla Tomahawk and grilled seafood platter. If you’re in the area for lunch, the weekday lunches lets you dig into a three-course Italian meal from only $25 onwards.
Bella Pasta, #01-09, 30 Robertson Quay, Riverside View, Singapore 238251, p. 6836 5692.
Cacio e Pepe
Hidden away in the west, this under-the-radar eatery has a loyal following. Drop by this cosy little spot for hot-selling items like the lobster linguine, the starter of Portobello (baked with crab meat and prawns and finished with a gorgonzola sauce), and the decadent little lava cake.
Cacio e Pepe, 3 Chu Lin Road, Singapore 669890, p. 6760 3534.
One of the newest Singaporean restaurants with a Michelin star in hand, the Italian restaurant and rooftop bar features an open kitchen and progressive Italian nosh. Expect dishes like pork cheek with candied celeriac and blueberry sauce, and beef tartare with smoked marrow and lettuce. After dinner, retire to the rooftop bar and take in the cool breeze with cocktails like the Tiramisu – a velvety smooth orange-and-vanilla-infused-vodka with coffee, chocolate and hazelnut bitters. Sounds like fuel for the long night ahead!
Braci, 52 Boat Quay, #05-01/#06-01, Singapore 049841. p. 6866 1933. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-12am. Closed on Sun.
Tuck into an all-Italian spread at this swanky restaurant at Regent Singapore. Pad your stomach with all the pasta, cold cuts, meats, and gelato you can eat and check out highlights like the rotisserie, the espresso bar, and the walk-in wine cellar.
Basilico, 2/F Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, p. 6725 3232.
The branchild of a trio of culinary heavyweights – Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich – the award-winning Osteria Mozza serves up stellar Italian plates like homemade pasta and grilled meats. The main star, however, is the mozzarella bar, which features items like smoked bufala mozzarella and ricotta with braised artichokes.
Osteria Mozza, #B1-42-46, Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 8868.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar
Indulge in your favourite Italian signatures when you dine at this venerable establishment on Purvis Street. Their creations are made with the freshest ingredients and you can really taste the difference – just order classics like the spaghetti mare with fresh seasonal seafood and tomato and you’ll see what we mean!
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, #01-02, 36 Purvis Street, Singapore 188613, p. 6837 1468.
This long-standing dining spot located in the East Coast is famous for its Saporita (cheese, bacon and egg) and Con Carne (cheese, ham, salami, sausage, and minced beef) pizzas. Pasta choices like the vongole and cicale (crayfish in garlic and tomato sauce) are also must-trys. Not an East-sider? Trust us, the journey is worth it.
Al Forno, 400 East Coast Road, Singapore 428996, p. 6348 8781.
Step into this restaurant tucked away in Goodman Arts Centre for a taste of Tuscany. Lobster bisque, aglio olio with seafood and cherry tomatoes, the bistecca alla Fiorentina – don’t miss these amazing creations by chef Michele Sorrentino. Got vegetarian (or vegan) friends with you? Not to worry, there’s a special menu available to meet such dietary requirements.
La Barca, Block C, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053, p. 6346 5813.
Chef Gabriele dishes out modern-classic Tuscan cuisine, with highlights like the traditional black squid ink risotto with gold leaf and the seafood stew with garlic bruschetta. Prices (for a la carte plates and the degustation menu) are on the high side, so pop by during lunch for their value-for money three-course sets ($35).
Burlamacco Ristorante, 77 Amoy Street, Singapore 069896, p. 6220 1763.
No Menu Restaurant
You can’t go wrong with the pasta here at Osvaldo Forlino’s No Menu Restaurant, but for a real treat, be sure to order the burrata and the tiramisu – you’ll thank us.
No Menu Restaurant, 21/23 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069621, p. 6224 0091.
Named after the traditional small plates served in Venice’s wine bars, Cicheti presents Italian classics in a chic modern setting. Kick off with a selection of authentic cicheti before digging into your choice of mains like a 10” wood-oven baked Neapolitan pizza. Complete your meal with sweet treats like the 72% Venezuela cocoa cake, pink sea salt, vanilla gelato, and a glass of their signature grappa cocktail.
Cicheti, 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901, p. 6292 5012.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano
It’s understandable to have some reservations about the authenticity of an Italian trattoria run by a Singaporean Chinese chef, but the proof is in the pie, or rather, his brick oven-baked pizza. Chef Peter Neo, who might seem familiar to you from his TV appearances, has curated a menu of Italian classics that run the gamut of Italian fare from porcini to pasta. I can also wholeheartedly recommend the chef’s signature vongole, as well the pancetta arrosto. This is, without a doubt, the best place to get authentic Italian nosh (at affordable prices) in Seletar.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano, 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030. p. 6484 5528. Open daily 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
After a five-year stint as Head Chef at the much-lauded Osteria Mozza in Marina Bay Sands, Chef David Almany has left to open his own Italian-American restaurant. Chef David’s Angeleno marries fuss-free Italian dishes with seasonal farm-to-table produce from California. Signature dishes here are unmistakably Italian like veal parmigiana and meatballs in organic tomato sauce, but American influences become apparent in dishes like spaghetti of Maine lobster with roasted tomato and tarragon.
Angeleno, 20 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069256. p. 6221 6986.
Located on the fifth floor of the National Gallery, the 90-seater flaunts an ambience that captures the art of chic Italian cuisine. Must-tries include the grilled octopus with crispy egg ,and corn, pappardelle with oxtail and mushrooms, and tagliatelle with pork cheek, kale, and pancetta. Another trump card that Aura has in its hand is the Aura Sky Lounge, one level up. There, we dug into saccharine treats like the matcha and chestnut Mont Blanc and the baked cheese cake with lemon espuma while taking in a top-notch view of The Padang and the SG skyline.
Aura, 1 St. Andrews Road, #05-03 and #06-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, p. 6866 1977. Open daily 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm.
Noti Restaurant & Bar
While the restaurant’s name means “famous” in Italian, it is also a play on the chef’s name, Toni Rossetti, who hails from a long line of restaurateurs from Italy. Here, you can start off your Mediterranean experience with the deep-fried risotto balls filled with ham and mozzarella cheese, and complement it with a dash of spicy arrabbiata sauce. Then, move on to the mixed mushroom risotto served with walnuts and truffle oil, or try the gnocchi with tiger prawns and pesto salentino.
Noti Restaurant & Bar, 54 Club St, Singapore 069431, p. 6222 0089.
Tucked away in Craig Road, this longstanding Italian establishment (since 1993) has been serving up authentic Italian nosh at prices that won’t break the bank. The décor is rustic, homely, and brings to mind hidden-away neighbourhood trattorias. Specialties include its fresh squid ink pasta with crayfish as well as its porcini mushroom risotto.
Pasta Brava, 11 Craig Road, Singapore 089671. p. 6227 7750. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm.
Inspired by timeless traditions and bolstered by new techniques, this new smart-casual Italian restaurant by restaurateur-chef, Beppe De Vito, aims to brings together social dining and authentic Italian cuisine. The menu shows a focus on sharing portions to encourage interaction between diners, making Amó an ideal dining destination to entertain guests. Must-tries here include the spaghettoni with Boston lobster, butter roasted golden chicken with grilled corn custard, grilled octopus with friggitelli peppers, and a grilled angus beef tagliata with sunchoke mash.
Amó, 33 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672, p. 6723 7733. Open for lunch Mon-Fri, 12pm-3pm. Open for dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm. Closed on Sun.
This homely Italian resto, under the Les Amis Group, reopened in September 2013 with a rustic makeover. Its broad menu features crowd-pleasing favourites like Chitarra carbonara, braised lamb shank and seafood stew, as well as countless pizza and pasta dishes.
La Strada, 1 Scotts Road, #01-13 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208. p. 6735 6656. Open daily 12pm-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm.
Senso Ristorante & Bar
Established in 2000, Senso Ristorante & Bar is well known for authentic Italian fine dining cuisine and impeccable service that will treat you like royalty. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the very lush and posh Senso Bar, or choose to dine in the main dining hall, that is cosy and classy at the same time. Personally, we prefer to indulge in the rustic charms of the courtyard. Standout dishes here include the pan-seared duck liver with apricot & white balsamic marmalade, the Amalfi-style lemon risotto with red prawns and red Tropea onion coulis, as well as the homemade veal ravioli in porcini mushroom sauce.
Senso Ristorante & Bar, 21 Club St, Singapore 069410, p. 6224 3534
ETNA Italian Restaurant
Situated more on the outskirts of Siglap, ETNA is one cosy, sequestered ristorante that embraces its acronym-huddled philosophy: Every Table Needs Attention. Naturally, service is spick and span, and Italian dishes like carpaccio di manzo and linguine al granchio are served promptly.
ETNA Italian Restaurant, 110 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455298, p. 6444 9530. Open 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
It’s easy to be dismissive of chain restos, but with over 50 years of experience, this casual London pizzeria is finally opening its doors in Singapore. Of course, the selection of toppings is dazzling, but the magic is truly in the hand-kneaded dough made in-house and baked thin. Must-try toppings include the Liguria – chock-full of prawns, mussels, squid and clams, as well as the classic American with pepperoni, mozzarella and passata. Vegetarians need not worry; you have quite the selection of vegetarian dishes as well like the Caprina Rossa with goat’s cheese, red onions and beetroot.
PizzaExpress, Scotts Square, Unit B1 08/09, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209. p. 6538 0083.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from hip ‘hood of Haji Lane is Pizza Fabbrica. One of the newer places on the list, this pizza joint’s most-talked-about item would be the Funghi Scarmorza – it features porcini mushrooms, fior di latte, scarmorza, and truffle oil (just because).
Pizza Fabbrica, 69/70 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199482, p. 6291 0434.
La Braceria Pizza & Grill
Spaghetti and pizza are what come to mind when you think of Italian cuisine, but let’s not forget their mastery of the grills. Come here in a group and sink your teeth into the massive 1.7kg portion of Australian tomahawk wagyu or the 1kg Australian angus grilled T-bone wagyu served Florentine style. Of course, you can always opt for other standout dishes like the classic diavola pizza.
La Braceria Pizza & Grill, 5 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289501. p. 6465 5918. Open Tue-Sun 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm. Closed on Mon.
Popular with Italian expats, Ristorante Pietrasanta is one of Singapore’s less well-known Italian culinary secrets. The menu features authentic Italian classics like seafood pasta, pappardelle with Chianti bolognese and hand-made square pasta with lobster sauce. Best part? Most of the restaurant’s mains are less than $30.
Ristorante Pietrasanta, 5B Portsdown Road, #01-03, Singapore 139311. p. 6479 9521. Open Wed-Mon 11.45am-2.30pm, 5.45pm-10.30pm.