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Romantic Roundup: La Nonna

La Nonna
26 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village
(also at 76 Namly Place, off Sixth Avenue)
+65 6468 1982

This Italian café-style eatery is full most nights, despite the fierce competition that surrounds it on all sides. For an intimate dinner, we suggest an outdoor table, as the indoor lighting is bright.

We tried and can recommend starting with an antipasti platter: beef carpaccio with shaved Parmesan; prosciutto with melon; caprese salad; and crunchy calamari – all excellent.

We loved the tiny gnocchi in a creamy porcini mushroom sauce and the tasty beef ravioli, but first prize went to an outstanding risotto with green asparagus and foie gras. The signature pizza looked good, too – four different toppings on a perfectly thin and light base.

The ossobucco, veal shank braised with red wine and vegetables, was comfort food at its best; the cod was excellent, too.

If you have room for dessert, try the delectably light panna cotta with espresso sauce, the tiramisu or the yummy lemon tart.

Chef Roberto speaks little English, but the authenticity of his creations spoke volumes, and friendly restaurant manager Jack did a great job. Starters range from $16 to $18 and mains from $24 to $30. Pizzas are $19 and desserts $12. The wine list is varied and starts at $60 a bottle.

The four-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu costs $68 per person and includes a glass of Italian prosecco; book before 5 February for a free bottle per couple.