Love Italian food? From a gourmet Italian marketplace in Capitol Piazza and a hot new restaurant in Tanjong Pagar, to the island’s first sourdough pizza parlour, we’ve got the scoop on what’s been happening on Singapore’s Italian food scene.
One-stop Italian Shop
Spizza recently introduced its gourmet marketplace meets all-day eatery concept, Spizza Mercato, serving up wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas (there are over 25 to choose from), antipasti and pasta dishes, Italian pastries and espresso, alongside an array of authentic Italian retail products. In addition to dining in, guests can get takeaway panini sandwiches, pizzas and pastas, and shop the marketplace for a wide selection of Italian goods ranging from household items, cooking equipment, liquor and wines to ingredients such as soups, sauces, fresh pastas and olive oils. 13 Stamford Road, #B2-52 Capitol Piazza.
As one of the latest additions to Tanjong Pagar’s hot dining scene, PerBacco has a casual, cosy atmosphere – decorated with dark wood, brick walls and wine crates – for enjoying affordable wines (from $9 a glass), pastas, antipasti platters, cheeses and cicheti (Italian small plates); we can’t wait to try their squid ink spaghetti chitarra with sea urchin and Hokkaido scallops ($24) and their clay-pot Sardinian fregola with lobster for two ($54). 20 Craig Road, #01-03.
A Taste of Bologna
New to the Italian food scene is Bottura, another restaurant-retail concept offering affordable cuisine together with epicurean goods from Italy. Situated in the newly refurbished Suntec City Mall, the space includes a main dining hall with dessert counters, a café lounge serving coffee and cocktails, and a retail marketplace where you can stock up Italian ingredients and wines. The restaurant’s extensive menu of Bolognese fare features over 100 items, from thin-crust pizzas and pasta dishes to more than 16 flavours of gelato – plus a selection of cocktails and wines; there’s even an $18 pasta degustation menu for those who want to sample six types of pasta (with a glass of wine). 3 Temasek Avenue, #02-472/473/474 Suntec City Mall.
Dean Brettschneider, the baker behind beloved artisan bakery chain Baker & Cook, has launched Plank Sourdough Pizza, the island’s first sourdough pizza parlour, offering a unique twist on the traditional pizza; Plank’s crust is made from a combination of flours slowly fermented with natural wild yeast for 48 hours at 4 degrees Celsius before being baked at a super-high 400 degrees. Fun, unconventional toppings range from pulled chicken, cranberry compote and Camembert cheese to smoked salmon, fresh prawns and sour cream, plus there’s even a selection of dessert pizzas on offer. 1 Swan Lake Avenue, Opera Estate.
A Bite Out of Brooklyn
Direct from New York, Chef Mathieu Palombino’s Motorino recently set up shop in Clarke Quay, serving up classic, Neapolitan-style pies so authentic you’ll feel like you’ve flown all the way to NYC to get ’em. Choose from eight different gourmet pizzas, with the option to load up on extra toppings like Brussels sprouts, sweet sausage, smoked pancetta, clams, prosciutto, meatballs and more. Also, expect a selection of antipasti options, plus wines and beers to wash it all down. 3A River Valley Road, #01-01A.
This story first appeared in Expat Living’s August 2015 issue.