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Prizing itself as serving delightful Italian cuisine with a Sicilian touch using only the finest ingredients imported from Italy, Etna came highly recommended serving hearty yet gratifying pasta dishes at reasonable prices. I’m always lost for words when recommending places that serve really good seafood pastas, where a boring person like me usually just goes to Valentino’s or Otto
which has never once left me disgruntled but extremely satisfied, time and time again. I firmly believe that the basis of a good pasta dish actually lies within the finesse and technique used to make the pasta noodles from scratch, where you can tell the discerning difference from pasta bought off the shelf in supermarkets just from the texture and bite in a mouthful.Spaghetti Arrabbiata with Crayfish ($24++) Linguine with scallops in a prawns cream sauce ($25++)
Truth to be told, both pasta’s were executed superbly in my opinion where the al dente pasta noodles were cooked to perfection with just enough bite without overworking one’s jaws. I actually found favor more with the crayfish pasta, where the robust arrabiatta sauce the pasta was tossed in had an enjoyable perfumy garlicky flavor, along with some tartness and spice, even found in the tender morsels of crayfish. The scallops linguine was also done rather well with a variety of half shelled and IQF ( Individually Quick Frozen Scallops) which were well cooked with a translucent centre, preserving most of its natural texture. The overwhelming richness did strike me halfway through the pasta, which was probably the only gripe I had of it.Etna’s Lava Cake ($14++)
The service staff seeing our shocked expressions upon cutting open into a semi molten fondant offered to refire a new one for us immediately, leaving me rather impressed at their prompt service. Second time round, much to lala’s delight, goey molten centre oozed out with much viscosity with a subtle hint of citrusy flavor embodied its its fluffy exterior. The hazelnut ice cream served alongside eased any excessive richness of the rather extrusive chocolate sensation.Prices here aren’t exactly cheap, but quality and portions wise more than justify the 20 odd dollars charged, where Etna may just fit the bill every now and then for an occasional pasta indulgence, especially with the presence of an outlet in the east.
I spent $30 per person.
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