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Covelli Italian Bistro at Orchard Central

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Orchard Central is very much the quieter kid on the block as compared to the bustling 313 Somerset Mall. Or perhaps I should use “was”, as I’ve no doubt that people have been thronging the mall since the opening of Dean & Deluca on the 4th Floor? Do check out the 2 basement levels if you go to Orchard Central. There’s a whole row of shops selling quaint little trinkets. And did you know that there is an underpass that connects Centrepoint Mall to Orchard Central?

Apart from Medz Restaurant, where my friend held her daughter’s 1st birthday, there is also Covelli. Covelli Italian Bistro and Wine Bar is a pretty posh looking Italian Restaurant. It has a cosy stonewall entrance, and a black and white themed decor. When you see it for the 1st time, you might assume that it would cost a hefty penny to dine there, but the reality couldn’t be further. Most of their pizzas cost between $20 – $22, which is very reasonable price. The reason why I’m even mentioning pizza even though I didn’t get to try it for dinner is because the people at the next table ordered a pizza. It was so humongous, it was almost covered the entire table.

Covelli Italian Bistro - (9)

Covelli Italian Bistro - (21)This is part of the separate bar area tucked away in a quiet private corner.

My dining companion and I got to sample a few signature dishes at Covelli. The pictures shown here are smaller than the size of the dishes you would get as a paying customer.

Covelli Italian Bistro - Antipasto Fruitti di Mare (Tataki Tuna, cured Salmon, Crabmeat and Avocado topped with Avruga Caviar & Balsamic Reduction) (2)

Antipasto Fruitti di Mare (Tataki Tuna, cured Salmon, Crabmeat and Avocado topped with Avruga Caviar & Balsamic Reduction) $18

For those of you who want a bit of everything, this might just be the dish for you. There was a lot going on in this dish, as you can see from the picture and the descriptive text. For my 1st mouthful, I made sure to get a bit of everything. It was a little overwhelming as the taste of the crab and the caviar were most prominent. Subsequently, I prised everything apart and enjoyed the layers individually, and found the dish to be more enjoyable. I could at least finally taste the lovely cured salmon, which is something I love very much.

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Sapore Italiano

They say that when it comes to food in Singapore, the choices are unlimited. This is technically true if you consider every single establishment in Singapore. However, when you want something quick, fast and within like walking distance from the office, the choices are whittled down. And when it comes to places that you have never tried before, you’re pretty much lost for ideas, especially after a long and hard day’s work.

Yesterday, we finally decided to try Sapore Italiano. This Italian restaurant has probably been around for about a year but we just never had the urge to try it out. In fact, I had mistakenly read the name to be Sapporo Italiano when the place first opened. As a result, I was under the impression that it was a kind of fusion Japanese Italian restaurant. Or perhaps an Italian restaurant serving lots of beer? That’s about the only thing I know about Sapporo!.

Anyway, we finally decided to give it a try. The menu looked really promising. There were lots of pasta dishes and pizza dishes. I was particularly pleased to note that they had a number of gnocchi dishes and ravioli dishes on offer too. You seldom see gnocchi around, but I suppose I am comparing them to non-Italian restaurants that happen to serve a lot of pasta.

As you can see from the pictures below, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, and the Partner ordered the sliced beef salad. Unfortunately, Sapore Italiano didn’t have the exact dish that I wanted, which was meat ravioli in cream sauce. They had a meat ravioli in tomato sauce and they had vegetarian ravioli in cream sauce, but just no meat ravioli in cream sauce!

The ravioli I ordered turned out to have a very interesting taste, which I think many Singaporeans may not like. Firstly, the ravioli was mostly Ricotta, so if you hate Ricotta, don’t ever take a bite of it. You might think the spinach taste would cover the cheese taste, but the filling is mostly cheese rather than spinach. The Partner tried a ravioli and had some trouble swallowing it. Luckily for me, I have no problem with Ricotta so I quite enjoyed the ravioli. The walnut sauce was very interesting to me. There was no hiding the nutty taste of the walnut. It was very distinct, in addition to the crushed bits of fine walnut mixed into the sauce.

As for the Partner’s beef salad dish, he found the beef tasty but a little too salty.

I think pizza lovers would like Sapore Italiano. Most other diners had ordered pizzas. The ones here are the thin crust type, and they look really humongous and cheesy. I’ll get a pizza the next time I dine here, or I’ll get the Partner to get the pizza while I get the gnocchi.

Finally, a comment on the decor. I didn’t like the decor very much. I happened to be facing 3 very large portraits of what I thought were rather ugly women trying to look sexy. The chairs were also not very comfortable given that they were oddly shaped. I am extremely particular about chairs because of my back problems. Lastly, I thought the lighting was a little too dim for the type of restaurant that Sapore Italiano is. Sapore Italiano looks like a place where groups of friends can hang out, and is certainly not a place for a romantic candlelit dinner. Click here for Sapore Italiano website.

Spinach and Ricotta cheese ravioli in creamy walnut sauce

Sliced beef on rocket salad bed

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