Bookmark this guide when cravings hits hard for fresh pasta.
Mmm, pasta. We’ll leave our diets at the door any day for this carby goodness. Sure, we’re all for packaged ones, but there’s just something magical about pasta that’s made from scratch. Maybe it’s the silky smooth texture, the perfect al dente bite or the years of technique and craft packed into one dish. We admit – we’re no pasta experts, but we can all agree that once you’ve had it fresh you can never go back.
If you’ve tried its sister restaurant, Cicheti (we think about the quattro formaggi pizza every now and then), you’ll love Bar Cicheti. The pastas take centre stage here with superbly crafted, handmade ones made a la minute. Try the Anolini, pockets of pasta filled with creamy taleggio, ricotta and parmigiana, then topped with brown butter sauce, or the hand-rolled pasta, Pici Cacio e Pepe.
Bar Cicheti, 10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264
Head chef Alessandro Giustetti helms the kitchen at Pasta Bar, a great spot for date night or if you’re just hanging around the vibrant Keong Saik vicinity. Drawing upon his Genovan roots, he brings us 11 dishes featuring freshly hand-pulled pasta, using ingredients like semolina and ‘00’ flours, whole eggs, egg yolks and water. With 11 different otherworldly doughs, no two pasta dishes are the same – so you get a variation of mouth-feel, shape and texture. Try the reginette with rabbit ragu if you’re craving for something new, or the eggless lagane with chickpea for a spicy kick of chilli and garlic.
Pasta Bar, 55, 01-05 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158
Pasta Brava has a massive menu of pastas, mains and rice dishes and within that, you’ll find a separate section of fresh pasta offerings. It’s great for that one pasta snob in your group. The tortellini with Iberico pork and spinach ravioli are dishes so good they’ll quite possibly leave you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Pasta Brava, 11 Craig Road, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 089671
A display of pasta air drying to perfection is the first thing you’ll notice as you enter Pasta Supremo, which is a testament to its freshness. The restaurant offers three shape varieties – long, short and curly (no fancy Italian names here!) and they’re naturally dyed with egg yolk, blue pea flower, beetroot and activated charcoal. IG-worthiness aside, you get the option to build your own pasta with fusion sauces such as haus marinara, Sichuan peppers, chilli, garlic and duck fat, three mushroom creme and Asian pesto. Alternatively, you can go for the haus pasta dishes. The meat-free Vege Wege Pasta and Truffle Cream are standouts.
Pasta Supremo, Suntec City Convention Centre (West Wing), 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-365/366/373/374, Singapore 038983
Da Luca Italian Restaurant
This charming restaurant in Novena is a rare find. Maybe it’s the exposed brick walls, red checkered table cloth or wood flooring, but it’s like you’re transported to a quaint, homey eatery in Italy. Complete the experience with bites of handmade cold angel hair pasta with scallop or uni caviar truffle pasta.
Da Luca Italian Restaurant, 1 Goldhill Plaza, Singapore 308899
Deli by day, and Italian cocktail bar by night, Publico Ristorante at Robertson Quay blesses us with contemporary Italian classics, refreshing cocktails and riverside views. Here’s where you can take in the chill vibes as you devour homemade pasta creations such as black truffle tagliatelle, linguine vongole and maccheroncini carbonara. Gluten-free options are also available.
Publico Ristorante, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238909
Freshly pulled daily, this halal pasta restaurant makes its dishes with flavoured doughs – think beet and garlic-infused fettuccine, sweet paprika caserecce and garlic and parsley pappardelle – so you can expect pops of colour and flavour bursts in your meal. Plus, the fact that you can also customise your dish by picking your fave sauces? Sounds good to us!
Tipo Pasta, 785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753