Do you like Italian cuisine? From rustic, home-style classics to fancy Champagne brunches, these four best Italian restaurants in Singapore will take you on a journey with their Italian cuisine and even their Italian wines. They are ideal for a business dinner, a group of friends or a romantic date.
Singapore’s Best Italian Restaurants for Fabulous Italian Food
Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse at Raffles Hotel
One of Singapore’s finest Italian restaurants is located in the historic Bar & Billiard Room, one of the oldest parts of Raffles Hotel Singapore (and legendary for the last tiger apparently subdued here in 1902!), Osteria BBR d ‘Alain Ducasse presents the rich, warm flavors of the Italian Riviera seen through the lens of this world-renowned French chef.
There are many delicacies to savor here. Their Italian cuisine includes the Mazara del Vallo red shrimp tartare, presented with creamy buffalo mozzarella and a delicate jelly, and topped with a dollop of Kristal caviar; Eliche di Gragnano, pasta with succulent Maine lobster; and bistecca alla Fiorentina, a wagyu porterhouse steak grilled Fiorentina style.
For the ultimate Osteria BBR experience, let yourself be tempted by the Menu Tentazioni, “Temptation Menu”, a specially designed menu featuring must-have signatures. Complete the experience with a selection of Italian cocktails, wines and spirits. On Sundays, you can enjoy a leisurely brunch with special dishes and a 90-minute stream of bubbles to choose from.
Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road
6337 1886 | osteriaabbr.com.sg
Dolce Vita – with a Champagne Brunch too!
For a bellissimo brunch in the heart of the city, with a resplendent view of the bay and the swimming pool, try Dolce Vita at Mandarin Oriental. This is one of the Italian restaurants in Singapore that has stood the test of time. It’s also the perfect place for a birthday brunch or a ladies’ lunch because the setting is cool and summery.
The premium produce used in the kitchen here is brought straight from Italy, so you know you’re in for a treat. The three-hour brunch takes place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and costs $188 per person, including unlimited “R” de Ruinart champagne, house wines and beers.
Brunch begins as an antipasto with a selection of fine Italian dishes. Charcuterie and cheeses, and small refreshing bites like oysters on ice. Or try their salted salmon with fennel, sour cream and citrus vinaigrette. There’s also hearty, rustic pasta to overload, including homemade orecchiettes with seafood ragout and wild mushroom risotto. For mains, options include a hearty Angus beef tagliata with mashed potatoes and wine jus, and pan-roasted barramundi with purple potatoes, broccolini and white wine sauce.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue
6885 3500 | mandarinoriental.com
LUCE by Davide Giacomelli – Inspired Italian cuisine
Following a hunt for global culinary superstars, LUCE by Davide Giacomelli is the new Italian “bistronomic” (yes, it’s “bistro” and “gourmet” combined!) at the InterContinental Singapore.
Head chef Davide, who now runs his namesake restaurant, has 13 years of culinary experience with stints in several Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe. The Italian dishes he creates are classics inspired by the authentic flavors of his hometown. Try the Bruschetta as a starter, followed by another beloved Italian dish, Parmigiana di Melanzane – the perfect harmony of creamy eggplant with tomato sauce and rich, oozing cheese; then move on to the Acquerello lobster main course – carnaroli rice cooked in a rich lobster broth and served with half a Boston lobster and chervil! Desserts include a modern take on the tiramisu conceptualized by Executive Pastry Chef Desmond Lee, “LUCE-misu”. All dishes are deliciously accompanied by a wide range of Italian wines and specialty cocktails.
This is one of the Italian restaurants in Singapore that also offers a weekday lunch set menu, which changes weekly, with a choice of two or three dishes. Also, don’t miss the upcoming weekend brunch, featuring live music and incorporating classic treats found on the streets of Italy, presented in kitchens that encourage interaction with the chefs. Saturday brunch will be aimed more at foodies, while Sunday will have a family atmosphere.
Level 1, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road
6825 1008 | [email protected] lucebydavide.sg
LAVO – Italian restaurant at MBS
Perched 57 stories above the water at Marina Bay Sands, LAVO Singapore is the first Asian outpost of New York’s internationally acclaimed restaurant and nightlife concept. LAVO has a name for sumptuous dining experiences, including hearty Italian cuisine and creative cocktails, and that’s what you’ll find here.
Authentic Italian-American favorites take center stage on the menu. Italian favorites like penne alla vodka and chicken parmigiana and the restaurant’s charred octopus are yours to try. Also noteworthy is “The Meatball,” a majestic one-pound sphere of freshly ground imperial wagyu, veal and Italian sausage, topped with freshly whipped ricotta. To complete the offer of Italian cuisine, a range of oven-baked pizzas and juicy grilled meats. End things on a sweet note with one of the irresistible desserts like homemade ice cream, Oreo zeppole or 20 layer chocolate cake.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Tower 1, Level 57
6688 8591 | lavosingapour.com
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This article first appeared in the August 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can buy the latest issue or subscribeso you never miss a copy!
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