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Amo: Mediterranean-inspired Italian fare

by Evelyn Chen

inSing.com - 27 October 2011 5:11 PM | Updated 27 Oct 2011

Amo: Mediterranean-inspired Italian fare

Squid ink spaghetti with crab meat tomato sauce

In the world of gastronomy, not many women have found a place in the kitchen. But this is swiftly changing, not least in Singapore where the city’s first female Italian chef recently debuted.

Meet Napoli-born Anna Borrasi, who recently hung up her apron in Rome to assume the position of F&B director, chef and co-owner of the recently opened Amo Gastro & Wine Bar.

For her new venture at Craig Road, Borrasi and her business partners have fashioned a semi-formal dining space of linen-dressed tables against black-and-white banquettes interspersed with whitewashed wooden chairs that will not look out of place in the sun-kissed Mediterranean region.

Amo's courtyard

Fittingly, Borrasi’s light and refreshing seafood-centric menu too embraces Mediterranean accents with gusto. To wit, a flavourful fish soup with mussels, clams, fish and crabmeat ($16), fondly reminiscent of seafood bouillabaisse; calamari grilled until lucid and springy, then served on a blanket of carrot puree with lemon aioli ($20); an oil-poached lobster claw ($24) so moist and succulent to go with an invigorating, if tongue-searing, chili dip infused with basil, tomato and crabmeat; and the salt-crusted seabass with walnut sauce ($52 for 2 persons).

Grilled octopus with carrot puree and red Wine caramel

But if you prefer market cuisine, Borrasi’s chalkboard menu of market specials prevails. During our visit, a remarkably saucy capellini tossed with prawns and zucchini ($24) impressed, as did a brilliant oven-baked John Dory ($35 for 2 persons) with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, sliced potatoes and seasonal greens.

If these seafood delicacies fail to lure you, perhaps the sweets might – a standout being the burnt honey panna cotta ($10) served in a jar with candied orange peel or, if you’re a chocolate lover, the earthy-green pistachio semi freddo crusted with chocolate ($14).

Amo Gastro & Wine Bar

38 Craig Road

Tel: 81188181

Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 12:00-11:00pm; Sun: 10:00am-3:00pm

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