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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)

Capella

If there’s one thing any food blogger shouldn’t do, it’s to blog about food before breakfast, lunch or dinner! Lunch is not going to arrive until 45 minutes later and blogging about food is not helping! I was going to do a quick cook up of some sardines in olive oil and chilli, to go with lots of steamed rice. But can you believe that we’ve run out of rice, just at this crucial moment?

Anyway, the in thing for me right now is Italian Restaurants. Been wanting to revisit some of my favourite Italian Restaurants such as Garibaldi’s and OSO Ristorante, and will do so hopefully in the next 1 month. The other day, just before the Partner flew off to NZ, we dined at Capella at Chijmes. Cappella seats 110 diners, of which only 45 are indoors. It was only half full on a Thursday evening when we got there, but more diners arrived later. If you ask for the table nearest to the kitchen, you can even watch the chefs at work in the stainless steel kitchen thanks to the glass partition.

Between the 2 of us, we ordered an Caprese Salad, Mushroom Gnocchi and Cod Fish Tagliatelle.

Capella - Caprese

Insalata Caprese $23 – Tower of Italian buffalo mozzarella and tomato. Served with
masculine salad.

Masculine salad eh, I suppose they meant “mesclun”? Anyway, I just love this dish. The tomatoes were refreshingly cold and firm, and paired nicely with the buffalo mozzarella. I just love buffalo mozzarella. If I could I would order this appetiser every time, but I can’t because as you can see, the quantity is substantial and just this alone already fills me up half way.

Capella - Porcini Gnocchi

Gnocchi con Crema di Porcini $26- Italian potato dumpling in porcini cream sauce
and baby spinach

I know this looks like something the cat let loose. That’s the downside to ordering Gnocchi, it just doesn’t look that appetising. But if you go beyond its looks, it’s actually very good! I love Gnocchi, and Gnocchi on its own is quite bland, so it needs a good sauce for the dish to perform. Capella did well in this area because the mushroom sauce was indeed flavourful and so rich.

Of all the Gnocchi dishes I’ve had, Capella has the best. The sauce was great, the Gnocchi was firm to the bite and bouncy, if I may call it that.

Capella Cod fish Tagliatelle

Tagliatelle Merluzzo e Pomodorini $28 – Thin egg pasta tossed with cod fish, garlic, chilly, olive and white wine In cherry tomato sauce

Lately I seem to be seeing a cod fish resurgence, with cod fish appearing on the menus of many restaurants. Cod fish with tomato pasta is a rare treat and a really wonderful combination. But this dish would delight vegetarians more than cod fish lovers as there was very little cod fish in it.

 

Capella
30 Victoria Street, #01-29A, CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Tel: 6334 9928  Fax: 6334 9927
Email:
capella@starworth.com.sg

Monday to Friday:
Lunch 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Saturday
Closed for Lunch
Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Closed on Sundays

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