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Cheese, pasta, pizzas, cold cuts – pop by these dining establishments if you can’t get enough of these Italian staples

Hidden gems, swanky restaurants, neighbourhood joints – you’ll find Italian food on just about any corner in Singapore. But when you’re craving pasta and/or pizza, we know you won’t settle for subpar creations. Get ready to hit up these Italian dining spots in Singapore for a meal your taste buds won’t let you forget.

Publico Ristorante

This riverside restaurant is well known for its woodfired pizza – we’re still not over the tartufata, diavola and prosciutto pizzas. And that pizza crust? Superbly divine. If you’re a carnivore at heart then feast on the bistecca ribeye or beef short rib that is slow-cooked for 18 hours. Expect fork-tender goodness in every bite.
Publico, Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909

Lino

Located in Bukit Timah, this hidden gem is home to great pasta and pizzas. It’s worth mentioning that the set lunch runs every day! You can either opt for the 2-course or 3-course meal with mains including pan-fried seabream and homemade meatballs. Highlights include the lasagna al forno, garganelli and risotto al frutti di mare. Side note: The Caesar salad here is a little different and we’re not complaining. Apart from the usual suspects like kale, parmesan and smoked salmon, it actually has generous shavings of… eggs. Yes, the grated eggs look like parmesan but they add a whole new dimension to this simple dish.
Lino, 7 Binjai Park, Singapore 589821

Art by Beppe De Vito

Italian restaurants in Singapore: Art by Beppe De Vito
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Art is back in the F&B game at a new spot after a six-month hiatus. Michelin-starred chef Beppe De Vito gives it a new lease of life by taking over Aura’s space at the National Gallery. Explore the rich food of Italy through the degustation and a la carte menu. The star dishes in our humble opinion are tuna belly carpaccio, Italian seabass and Challans duck.
Art by Beppe De Vito,#05-03, National Gallery,1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

Volare by La Barca

What was once La Barca is now called Volare. This Italian restaurant resides in the quaint neighbourhood of Katong and it is still led by Chef Giuseppe Di Gaetano so expect the same old fare. The weekday lunches let you tuck into a 3-course meal from only $25.90!  Bring your little ones as well ‘cos there’s a delish kids menu!
Volare by La Barca, #01-22, 11 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428722

SONS

Hopping on the small plates bandwagon, SONS offers a resplendent spread of Italian small plates like artisanal pastas, home-baked bread, premium grilled meats and cold cuts as well as seafood. Vino lovers can relish a glass from their extensive wine menu, while savouring the signature Italian cheese mixed board.
SONS, #01-19 China Square Central, 20 Cross Street, Singapore 048422

La Nonna

If truffles make you weak, then you must have the La Nonna Signature Pizza (tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, asparagus, egg and black truffle), a sheer truffle treat. The quality of the crust at La Nonna also deserves special mention: light and crispy all around.
La Nonna, 26/26B Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277685

Bella Pasta

For tasty, authentic pasta with a fantastic view, Bella Pasta in Robertson Quay tops our list. You’ll get to slurp up amazing homemade pasta and risotto (we’ve heard that the risotto fungi porcini tartufo is particularly delicious!) while taking in a view of the Singapore River. Besides pasta, the restaurant also serves up a wide array of meats and seafood such as bistecca tomahawk and grilled seafood platter. If you’re in the area for lunch, the weekday lunches let you dig into a three-course Italian meal from only $25 onwards.
Bella Pasta, #01-09, 30 Robertson Quay, Riverside View, Singapore 238251

Cacio e Pepe

Hidden away in the west, this under-the-radar eatery has a loyal following. Drop by this cosy little spot for hot-selling items like the stuffed pasta with lobster and crab meat, the starter of portobello (baked with crab meat and prawns and finished with a gorgonzola sauce), and the decadent little lava cake.
Cacio e Pepe, 3 Chu Lin Road, Singapore 669890

Braci

Italian restaurants in Singapore: Braci
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With a Michelin star in hand, this Italian restaurant and rooftop bar features an open kitchen and progressive Italian nosh. Expect dishes like sole fish, pigeon lamb alongside appetisers like beef tartare and foie gras semifreddo. After dinner, retire to the rooftop bar and take in the cool breeze with a cocktail in hand.
Braci,#05-01/#06-01, 52 Boat Quay, Singapore 049841

Basilico

Tuck into an all-Italian spread at this swanky restaurant at Regent Singapore. Pad your stomach with all the pasta, cold cuts, meats, and gelato you can eat and check out highlights like the rotisserie, the espresso bar, and the walk-in wine cellar.
Basilico, 2/F Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715

Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar

Indulge in your favourite Italian signatures when you dine at this venerable establishment on Purvis Street. Their creations are made with the freshest ingredients and you can really taste the difference – just order classics like the spaghetti mare with fresh seasonal seafood and tomato and you’ll see what we mean!
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, #01-02, 36 Purvis Street, Singapore 188613

Al Forno

This long-standing Italian restaurant located in the East Coast is famous for its Saporita (cheese, bacon and egg) and Con Carne (cheese, ham, salami, sausage, and minced beef) pizzas. Pasta choices like the vongole and cicale (crayfish in garlic and tomato sauce) are also must-trys. Not an East-sider? Trust us, the journey is worth it.
Al Forno, 400 East Coast Road, Singapore 428996

Burlamacco Ristorante

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Chef Gabriele dishes out modern-classic Tuscan cuisine, with highlights like the traditional carnaroli risotto served with fresh seafood and oven-roasted seabass with fennel salad. Want to have a more wholesome experience? Opt for the degustation menu and vegetarians, there’s a special menu catered for you as well!
Burlamacco Ristorante, 30 Stanley Street, Singapore 068739 

No Menu Restaurant

You can’t go wrong with the pasta here at Osvaldo Forlino’s No Menu Restaurant, but for a real treat, be sure to order the burrata and the tiramisu – you’ll thank us.
No Menu Restaurant, 23 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069621

Cicheti

Named after the traditional small plates served in Venice’s wine bars, Cicheti presents Italian classics in a chic modern setting. Kick off with a selection of authentic cicheti before digging into your choice of mains like the wood-oven baked Neapolitan pizza. Complete your meal on a sweet note with the 72% Venezuela cocoa cake,
Cicheti, 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901

Pietro Ristorante Italiano

It’s understandable to have some reservations about the authenticity of an Italian trattoria run by a Singaporean Chinese chef, but the proof is in the pie, or rather, his brick oven-baked pizza. Chef Peter Neo, who might seem familiar to you from his TV appearances, has curated a menu of Italian classics that run the gamut of Italian fare from porcini to pasta. I can also wholeheartedly recommend the chef’s signature vongole, as well the pancetta arrosto. This is, without a doubt, the best place to get authentic Italian nosh (at affordable prices) in Seletar.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano, 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030

Pasta Brava

Tucked away in Craig Road, this longstanding Italian establishment (since 1993) has been serving up authentic Italian nosh at prices that won’t break the bank. The décor is rustic, homely, and brings to mind hidden-away neighbourhood trattorias. Specialties include its fresh squid ink pasta as well as its porcini mushroom risotto.
Pasta Brava, 11 Craig Road, Singapore 089671

Amó

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Inspired by timeless traditions and bolstered by new techniques, this new smart-casual Italian restaurant by restaurateur-chef, Beppe De Vito, aims to bring together social dining and authentic Italian cuisine. The menu shows a focus on sharing portions to encourage interaction between diners, making Amó an ideal dining destination to entertain guests. Must-tries here include, pizza Bianca, the spaghettoni with Boston lobster, butter roasted spring chicken with potatoes, grilled octopus with friggitelli peppers, and grilled Angus beef tagliata.
Amó, 33 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672

La Strada

This homely Italian resto, under the Les Amis Group, reopened in September 2013 with a rustic makeover. Its broad menu features crowd-pleasing favourites like chitarra carbonara, braised lamb shank and broiled seabream.
La Strada, 1 Scotts Road, #01-13 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

ETNA Italian Restaurant

Founded in 2006, ETNA is one cosy, sequestered ristorante that embraces its acronym-huddled philosophy: Every Table Needs Attention. Naturally, service is spick and span, and Italian dishes like carpaccio di manzo and linguine al granchio are served promptly.
ETNA Italian Restaurant, Duxton Road & Upper East Coast Road

Pizza Fabbrica

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from hip ‘hood of Haji Lane is Pizza Fabbrica. One of the newer places on the list, this pizza joint’s most-talked-about item would be the Funghi Scarmorza – it features porcini mushrooms, fior di latte, scarmorza, and truffle oil (just because).
Pizza Fabbrica, 70 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483

La Braceria

Spaghetti and pizza are what come to mind when you think of Italian cuisine, but let’s not forget their mastery of the grills. Come here in a group and sink your teeth into the massive 2kg portion of Australian tomahawk wagyu or the 1kg prime porterhouse served Florentine style. Of course, you can always opt for other standout dishes like the classic diavola pizza.
La Braceria Pizza & Grill, 5 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289501

Ristorante Pietrasanta

Popular with Italian expats, Ristorante Pietrasanta is one of Singapore’s less well-known Italian culinary secrets. The menu features authentic Italian classics like seafood pasta, lasagna and hand-made ravioli sausage with . Chianti Bolognese Sauce. Best part? The pastas and pizzas are less than $30.
Ristorante Pietrasanta, 1 Fusionopolis Way 01-08, Singapore 138632

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