Mon: 17:30 - 23:00
Wed - Fri: 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun: 12:00 - 14:30
Sat: 18:00 - 23:00
Sun: 18:00 - 22:30
Trattoria Bonissima offers the perfect Italian dining experience for you and your family. It features a menu of mouth-watering starters, pasta, pizzas and classic grilled meats.
Located in one of the shophouses along Tanjong Katong Road, I often drive past this restaurant, to and from East Coast Road.
If you are driving, it is located opposite the old Tanjong Katong Technical School (now Canadian International School). Parking is available at the open air URA-coupon car park on the opposite side of the road.
Last weekend, I decided to bring my family here to try the food at this Italian restaurant.
Here are the highlights of my meal -
- Platter of toasted bread: The bread were toasted and served warm, together with butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and chili flakes. The chilli flakes were very spicy. Keep away from the kids!
- Calamari Fritti: This was nicely done. The managere recommended this and it came with two types of mayonnaise for dipping. Must-order!
- Calamari Alla Griglia (grilled): This caught my eye when I was looking at the menu. Done Italian style, where the squid is grilled, then cut into slices. It was mildly salty and you can ask for more salt to go with it.
- Tagliolini with crab meat, cherry tomatoes, rockets in white wine sauce: This was my favorite dish for the meal. Crab meat tossed Alio Olio style with al dente Tagliolini noodles. Must-order!
- Linguine with mixed seafood in tomato sauce in foil: Squid rings, prawns, scallops and mussel cooked in a tomato sauce with chopped garlic. When the manager opened the sealed aluminium bag, you get steam tarising from the bag. I must say the chef was generous with the ingredients.
- Tagliolini with prawns and crab meat in light tomato sauce: My second favorite dish for the meal. The crab meat sauce is similar to the ealier Tagliolini pasta. The prawns were decent size and fresh. I will order this dish again.
- Salsiccia Pizza: Tomato base, Mozarella and homemade pork sausage: Recommended by the manager, I loved it. The crust is thin and had a good bite. Pork sausage was also nice. Given the size of the serving, this can be easily shared by 3 pax.
My children are picky eaters. At the end of the meal, both had third helpings of the pizza and pasta. This means we will be back soon enough!
This will definitely be on my list for Italian places to dine when I next have my craving for Italian food. Try it!
Ok, so I read the reviews and had reasonably high hopes. Boy, was I disappointed!
If you've never been to Italy nor eaten in any Italian-run restaurants you might be fooled into thinking this is ok, otherwise do not bother. The first warning sign for me was that the menu included a Pizza with frankfurter toppings! However, even the menu items that seemed authentic on paper weren't so in reality.
First up was bruschetta; under-seasoned, under-ripe tomatoes on poor quality baguette/ciabatta, to be honest I'm not sure what the bread was, but that in itself should tell you enough.
Then we had calamari, which I can only assume came out of a packet and was hastily deep-fried and plated, without any seasoning. I imagine you'd get better flavour at Fish&Co.
Finally, my entree arrived; I'd ordered the special of mixed Pork, fennel and arugula. It was a greasy mess, with the most effort going into the strategically placed tomoatoes (also under-ripe) and no thought into balance of flavours or textures.
Yes, the service is ok (although my feeling was it was more show than genuine), and I can see how this might go some way to compensate for the food, but people there are so many good Italian restaurants in Singapore and this one is way off the mark. Don't waste your appetite here!
Was there for dinner on 17 Mar with a girlfriend for their restaurant week dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the 4-course menu instead of the usual 3. Dinner started with a superb (and hearty) beef carpaccio over a bed of rocket salad with a delicious sauce scented with truffle oil, followed by either a seafood linguine or a homemade sausage aglio olio pasta, followed by a meat course of either ribeye or lamp chops, then chocolate puff for dessert. Everything was huge, which made it hard for us 2 girls to finish everything; but they were so delicious that we mopped up almost everything despite our bursting guts. Of all the dishes, only the dessert was a bit of a let-down as it tasted like any other chocolate puff pastry, but all the other dishes more than made up for the dessert.
The decor of the place was a bit cheesy with simple tables and chairs and walls decorated with various images of Italy, and the restaurant has a really cheap-looking and unappetising signboard (the kind of signboards that will never invite a walk-in in my opinion).
But seriously, who needs a pretty restaurant when you get such good value good food and such service! The head waiter was super attentive, really knowledgeable about the menu, and came around after each course to make sure that we were happy with the food, without ever being intrusive. The waiters were so attentive that our glasses were never ever empty, and we also didn't need to ask for serving plates. They literally read our minds that we intended to share the pastas and served the dishes to the centre of the table with side plates without any asking. Most impressive of all was that they noticed my friend's discomfort with her bad back and automatically came forward to offer her a seat cushion and an additional chair for her bag. I've not experienced such service in a while despite going to other more expensive joints. Best of all, it's in the East! Definitely gonna return to this place!