Whether you want knockout sourdough pizzas, homemade pasta or vodka-laced tiramisu, here are a few Italian restaurants in Singapore we think you’ll fall in love with! With exceptional Italian cuisine and wines, they’re ideal for a business dinner, group of friends or date night. Go ahead and tuck into some of the best Italian food in Singapore.
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano at Shangri-La Singapore
Southern Italian classics are the order of the day at this stylish Italian restaurant set amongst the greenery of the Shangri-La’s Garden Wing. Awarded the Ospitalità Italiana certification for its typical Italian hospitality, Waterfall is renowned for authentic Italian cuisine and hand-me-down heirloom recipes.
Their signature homemade pastas are just the beginning: the à la carte menu will tempt you with incredible soups, salads and pizzas, and some of the freshest seafood in town. There’s an extensive wine list featuring Italian classics, too.
Don’t miss: The mouth-watering Italian Sunday buffet lunch spread. From burrata and bruschetta, to pizzas, porchetta and antipasti, this authentic Italian feast will give you la dolce vita feels without breaking the bank. Catch the chefs in action at the live pasta station and don’t miss the desserts, especially the tiramisu, panna cotta and sorbets. 12.30pm to 2.30pm, from $78 per person.
Braci Italian Restaurant and Rooftop Kitchen and Bar
For true-blue Italian soul, head to this buzzy hideaway that’s aiming to redefine modern Italian food in Singapore. The stylish rooftop open kitchen, helmed by restaurateur-chef Beppe De Vito and Chef De Cuisine Matteo Ponti, is spread across the top two floors of a heritage shophouse in Boat Quay, overlooking the Singapore River.
Awarded a Michelin star every year since 2017, Braci’s exclusive menu takes diners on a journey to the North of Italy, through the Padan Plain, the delta of the Po River, the coast of Liguria, Milan, the Alpine lakes and the Dolomite Mountains. Sip on a Banoffee Negroni or a vodka-based Tiramisu and enjoy the trip!
Don’t miss: A five- and seven-course degustation menu is available for both lunch and dinner ($208 and $258 respectively). There’s also an ever-evolving three-course Executive Set Lunch from Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays ($88).
Art di Daniele Sperindio
With panoramic views of Marina Bay, this Michelin starred rooftop restaurant and bar atop the iconic National Gallery Singapore more than deserves its place on our list. The neo-Italian fine-dining restaurant is inspired by chef-owner Daniele Sperindio, a Ligurian with global experience, and is known for its “conversational cuisine”.
Daniele’s passion for Italian food shines through in the menu of this Singapore restaurant, right from the pane e poesia (the humble bread course) through the progressive pasta courses and desserts. Special mention for “tourists on Mount Vesuvio”, a play on the classic Mont Blanc dessert made from latte di bufala gelato, bitter cacao nibs, biscotto all’amarena and 40-year-old balsamico!
Don’t miss: Try the tasting menu, available as a seven-course gastronomic journey for dinner (from $328 per person) or a three-, four- or five-course lunch degustation menu showcasing Chef Sperindio’s signature dishes ($158, $188, $208).
#06-02 National Gallery, 1 St Andrews Road
Bottega di Carna
Reservations stack up quickly for hot new modern Italian restaurant Bottega di Carna. Overlooking the garden at the Mondrian Singapore Duxton, the light-filled restaurant is making waves, with master butcher Dario Cecchini joining forces with Executive Chef Alastair Clayton and Chef de Cuisine Kenny Huang to create a dining experience that’s becoming the ticket for long lunches and vibey dinners.
The star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, Dario has been hailed by the New York Times as the “world’s greatest butcher”, and his menu can be traced back to his origins in Tuscany’s Chianti region.
With an open kitchen to showcase the chefs at work, a bold progressive wine list and a statement bar where guests can while away an evening over a negroni or aperitivo, you can look forward to creative handmade pasta and classic and unexpected cuts of meat from Dario’s wood-fired grill, rubbed down with his signature salt profumo del chianti.
Don’t miss: The three-olive martini, Dario’s twist on a dirty martini with salty olives, Grey Goose vodka and peppery olive oil.
16A Duxton Hill, #03-01 | 6019 6000
This article on Italian cuisine first appeared in the August 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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