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Ristorante Pietra Santa

2 weeks ago, we gathered at this wonderful Italian restaurant to bid fond farewell and to celebrate the freedom of 3 of our colleagues. Pietra Santa is a particular favourite of one of the 3 who is leaving. After finally getting the opportunity to dine here, it’s not hard to understand why. It’s located in the really laid back area of Portsdown Road (just opposite Colbar). The al fresco area where we sat faced lush greenery, if you try to ignore the rows of cars parked just outside. It’s as close to “countryside” dining as you can get in Singapore. We arrived in the evening when the sun was setting and I definitely want to come back again in the morning to enjoy my meal amidst the chirping of the morning birds.

The Tuscan-styled Pietra Santa looks like the type of restaurant where the budget conscious may think thrice about dining here. Actually, the prices are pretty affordable. The pastas go from $18 – $25 while the pizzas are only $17 – $23. It only starts to get pricey if you order the appetisers (above $10) and the desserts (starting from $6.90), but even then, it’s not too bad.

Pietra Santa - Seating Area (3)

I love this pretty alfresco seating area. It sure would be nice to have a meal here over a lazy weekend.

Pietra Santa - Bread

Some bread, which doesn’t seem to be featured on the menu on their website. You take a slice and dip it either in olive oil or the tomato concoction provided in the shot glasses. It also goes very well with the cold cut meats if you’re ordering that. It’s very firm so those without teeth should not eat this. 🙂

Pietra Santa - Buffala Mozzarella

This, in my opinion, is just DIVINE. This is buffalo mozzarella at it’s best. This is the BEST buffalo mozzarella I have EVER EATEN IN MY LIFE. I haven’t been to Italy so I would say this is the best bufala mozzarella in the whole of Singapore. It was so creamy and had such a rich intense flavour. The outside was a little firm, but like a half boiled egg, the inside was softer and it made me feel as if I was eating milky clouds. SO GOOOOOOD!!!! Even the non cheese lovers at our table had to stamp their approval. Again, this doesn’t seem to be in the main menu. Costs $40. I hear you can buy the mozzarella at Paragon MarketPlace for about $20. This weekend, I’m heading there and don’t you buy the last one.

Pietra Santa - Grilled Fresh Squid

Insalata di Calamari alla Griglia $16.90 – Grilled squid. Had a springy bite to it and tasted very fresh. Delicious. This is from the appetiser section, but it can even act as a main course as there’s 2 rolls of the squid.

Pietra Santa - Mixed Platter of Traditional Italian Cold Cuts

Piatto di Salumi $23.90 – Mixed platter of traditional Italian cold cuts, It all tastes very delicious. For me, I personally find that eating this with the bread shown above is much better than eating these slices on their own.

Pietra Santa - Beef Tenderloin, Rocket Salad, Parmesan Cheese

Carpaccio di Manzo con Rucola e Parmigiano $16.90 – These are kind of like the thinnest slices of raw beef tenderloin I’ve come across. They almost melt in your mouth and disappear way too quickly.. Very delicious.

Pietra Santa - Tuscan Spaghetti with Sausage and Truffle

Tagliatelle con Salsiccia e Tartufo $24.90 – Home-made Tuscan Spaghetti with Sausage and Truffle. I love the rich meat sauce. It’s creamy yet not overly so. It goes so well with the pasta. I had to share this dish with a few other people, but I think I’ll order this again when I visit Pietra Santa again.

Pietra Santa - Italian Mozzarella and Spicy Salami in Tomato Sauce Pizza

Diavola $18.90 –  Italian Mozzarella and Spicy Salami in Tomato Sauce. Can give this a miss. Pizza is dry, hard and salty.

Pietra Santa - Melting Chocolate Cake (2)

Pietra Santa - Melting Chocolate Cake

Cuore Morbido al Cioccolato $7.90 – Melting Chocolate Cake. Tastes good, but no where near the best that I’ve had in Singapore, which is a bit of a disappointment considering that this is an Italian restaurant and considering that the earlier dishes were so good.

Pietra Santa - Seating Area (4) Pietra Santa

There is air-conditioned seating inside too if you can’t take the heat. At night you can hardly feel the heat as the fans are also on.

Pietra Santa - Seating Area (2)

Lastly, one tip when taking pictures outdoors. Don’t use your camera immediately after getting out of the air-conditioned car!

In conclusion, definitely have to bring the Partner here to enjoy the food as well as the surroundings. Service was also prompt and friendly. Only issue is, you need a car to get here, but I’m sure it’s well worth the effort!

RISTORANTE PIETRASANTA PTE LTD
Address:

5B Portsdown Road
#01-03 Singapore 139311
Tel: +65 6479 9521
Email:
pietrasanta@singnet.com.sg
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday
(Closed on Tuesday)

11:45 am – 2:30 pm
6:00 pm – 10:30pm
Sunday
11:45 am – 10:30 pm

http://www.ristorante-pietrasanta.com

http://www.ristorante-pietrasanta.com/Contact.html (see here for map)

http://www.ristorante-pietrasanta.com/MenuEvents.html (see here for menu)

Trattoria Cucina Italiana

Lately I’ve been into pizzas after knowing about a friend’s interest in opening a pizza joint. I am definitely no expert in pizzas, but I think that many Singaporeans are mistaken when they think they like thin and crispy pizzas as compared to thick bready based pizzas. Thick, bready based pizzas are definitely a no-no, and we all know which American chain introduced us those sub-standard pizzas. But thin and crispy pizzas are not the way to go either. I tried Skinny Pizza once and regretted the experience. It’s so crispy, it’s like eating crackers with toppings rather than pizza.

I am told that making the correct Italian style pizza base requires not only skill, but a really hot wood fired oven. Get the equation wrong, and you end up with everything but the real thing. Apparently the real base still tastes doughy and is moist. When you’ve tried that, you won’t ever turn back again. IeatIshootIpost has done a really good description of what an Italian styled pizza should be like.

As for me, as I said, I’m no expert so I’ll just focus on reporting about the possibly good pizzas I’ve tried lately. One of them comes from Trattoria Cucina Italiana, also known as Trattoria Italian Kitchen located conveniently at 313@ Somerset. First opened in Bali, Indonesia in 2002 by 2 Italians Edoardo Guerrini and Olivari Vanni, Trattoria Cicina Italiana restaurants can also be found in Jakarta, Medan, KL and Singapore.

Have a pizza

Trattoria Cucina Italiana Mushroom Pizza

I thought the taste was very good. It had a rich tomato sauce base with liberal amounts mozzarella oozing all over the place. The base was still moist and slightly floppy. Huge portion for just over $20 bucks!

Trattoria Cucina Italiana Squid Ink pasta with Salmon

Squid Ink pasta with salmon. I have to admit the presentation was a little shocking. Looked like a plate of fat black worms. Maybe black pasta should not be tube shaped…tagliatelle would be a better choice, but then again, that might remind you of flatworms…. anyway…this dish was also quite nice. I felt it was a little lacking in ingredients, salmon is the only solid ingredient in there. However, the pasta was very tasty on its own and made tastier with the creamy sauce.

Trattoria Cucina Italiana Seating Area

Nice place with TVs to entertain you if your dining companion is busy with Facebook on the iPhone. Or you could people-watch the crowd rushing out of the Somerset MRT station. However the chairs are pretty hard and it’s just not comfortable enough to want to linger any longer than necessary.

Trattoria Cucina Italiana / Trattoria Italian Kitchen

313@Somerset

313 Orchard Road, #01-16/17/18, Singapore

Tel: 6834 – 4833

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