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Trattoria Gallo d'Oro

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Gallo D’ Oro, the Golden Rooster offers you a journey of the senses – a gastronomical dining experience of the taste and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine, a visual feast from art pieces adorning the walls of the quaint restaurant.
The restaurant re-launched with a fresh new look under Executive Chef and owner Silvio Morelli.
“This is not a restaurant, it’s a salon,” Chef Morelli shares.
He envisions Gallo D’ Oro as a gathering of guests, where they journey in experiencing knowledge of fine Italian cuisine, art and history.

Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 15:00

Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 23:00

$56 based on 16 submissions
Dinner (6 votes), Lunch (5 votes), Children/Family (4 votes)
ArcticStar

First visit was final

We started with a Pumpkin Soup (Zuppa) - it came in the form of an orange, translucent broth instead of the cream of pumpkin soup we were expecting at most Italian restaurants. It tasted sweet, and there were pumpkin bits; I had to douse mine with a lot of pepper.   For mains, I had the Pasta with Clams (Vongole) that was disappointingly bland. Usually vongoles come with a lovely white wine sauce or even if cooked in cream, there would be some taste to it. Unfortunatelyt for this, I just could not detect any flavor so I was chewing on the hard pasta and tasteless clams, adding lots of Tabasco sauce to it for flavor.   *Katherine had a Parma Ham Pasta and while this had more flavor to it, paired with rather succulent pieces of ham, she also thought that the pasta was a tad too hard. It was kind of dry as well, without much gravy to it.   We did not enjoy our lunch here at all, and would not be back for more.    For full review, please visit: http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/11/lunch-at-trattoria-gallo-doro-italian.html

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Parma Ham Pasta
22 Nov 2014 • 337 reviews • 3 followers

First visit was final

We started with a Pumpkin Soup (Zuppa) - it came in the form of an orange, translucent broth instead of the cream of pumpkin soup we were expecting at most Italian restaurants. It tasted sweet, and there were pumpkin bits; I had to douse mine with a lot of pepper.   For mains, I had the Pasta with Clams (Vongole) that was disappointingly bland. Usually vongoles come with a lovely white wine sauce or even if cooked in cream, there would be some taste to it. Unfortunatelyt for this, I just could not detect any flavor so I was chewing on the hard pasta and tasteless clams, adding lots of Tabasco sauce to it for flavor.   *Katherine had a Parma Ham Pasta and while this had more flavor to it, paired with rather succulent pieces of ham, she also thought that the pasta was a tad too hard. It was kind of dry as well, without much gravy to it.   We did not enjoy our lunch here at all, and would not be back for more.    For full review, please visit: http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/11/lunch-at-trattoria-gallo-doro-italian.html

13 Oct 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Surprisingly good food!

I am torn between writing this and keeping this hidden gem to myself! I've heard of Chef Silvio before but hadn't had the chance to try his cooking. Now having had the chance to try his cooking, I know why his reviews are so high!
His pasta is hand made and is simply superb! I can't remember the name of the pasta I had but it was with mushrooms and black truffles in a cream sausce which is simply out of this world! The explosion of flavours in your mouth when you take a bite is amazing and can't be fully appreciated with words. You will have to try it yourself! My wife had the Spaghetti with clams. It too was amazing with a great balance of flavours and very fresh clams. For our mains, I had the Roast pork and my wife had the fish (I think). I was so busy devouring the pork I actually can't remember what my wife had!
I guess some people will ask what so great about roast pork, its just like the stuff you can get at the hawker centre. But the pork was seasoned just right, salty and tasty without being too salty. The crinkle was pefect and had a good bite while still retaining the crunchiness that I love and the meat was soooooo tender and juicy. There was no hint of 'porkiness' that can be overpowering at times. This pork was lovingly roasted and good care was taken to control the temperature and time of the roasting. Each bite was full of flavour and taste without the richness of the fat overcoming the taste. The roast potatoes that came with the dish was also perfectly done. If not for the fact that a small corner of the pork must have been a bit too near the fire and got a bit hard and overdone, the dish would have been perfect, but I'm just being picky here!
In summary, one of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore!
Pan-fried French scallops and prawn
05 Jun 2014 • 172 reviews • 2 followers

New (familiar) Chef at Trattoria Gallo D'oro!

I have eaten dishes prepared by Chef Silvio Morelli at his previous restaurant before. 
 
 I was surprised when I came by Trattoria Gallo D'oro recently and discovered that Chef is now helming the kitchen here!
 
 For my business lunch, I ordered an appetiser and a main course:
 - Appetiser: Pan-fried French scallops and prawn - Although it was nicely plated, the dish is designed to be eaten with your hands. where you break the 'flat biscuit' in the middle of the plate and pile up the ricotta cheese and a piece of scallop and put in your mouth. Chef explained that this is done most of the time in Italy, where you get to enjoy your food using both touch and taste! The scallops and prawns were fresh. Limited quantities of seafood are available each day, so go early to avoid disappointment!
 - Main Course: Crab Pasta with Boston Lobster - The crab pasta was delicious. The dish had generous serving of crabmeat in the pasta. Topped with flower crab pincers and half a Boston lobster, this was a dish that made my day, or rather my week!
 
 I will be back here again, now that I have found chef Silvio and get my Italian fix!
02 Jul 2012 • 68 reviews • 4 followers

Spotlight: Trattoria Gallo D'oro

There exists a quality about home-cooked food that people just can't get enough of. Stripping away the fancy techniques and meticulous presentation, it is the ‘Zi Char’ and hawker stalls we favour for a fuss-free bite that highlight how much harder it is to make simple food taste good.

Some attribute it to the heart – or soul – of the chef that goes into his cooking, or the mastering of those dishes over the years, but probably few are able to demonstrate this art as well as Chef Carlo Marengoni at his homestyle, casual Italian restaurant, Trattoria Gallo D’Oro – or “a 'Kampong' Italian restaurant”, as he affectionately terms it.

“Have food must share”, the head chef and co-owner quips, as he serves up memories of home-cooked food from his hometown, Bergamo. Staying true to his motto of sharing, meals are served in a communal approach, where dishes are prepared for sharing and set in the centre for all to partake in. Diners may also opt for the ‘sharing menu’, featuring must-tries to new daily dishes off the menu.

To kick off our meal, Chef Carlo presents the Sardine fritte ($25). Usually one to avoid fried food, I found myself strangely drawn to the crisp, deep fried sardines with onions, that were delightfully light and oil-free. The main, disguised as a starter, also helped the table to ease into conversation as we adopted a more casual way of eating with our fingers.

Topped with sage and part-crisp, part-succulent bacon mini-strips, the Casonsei alla Bergamasca ($20) was almost too easy to eat. The stuffed veal ravioli was packed to the brim with flavour, and the savoury bacon, that highlighted the delicate taste of veal, is rounded off with a rich, buttery finish.

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28 May 2012 • 49 reviews • 28 followers

Taste of Home Cooked Italian Meal

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Most of us will remember fondly the delicious, comforting dishes of childhood cooked by our mothers, grandmothers, or other relatives. Today, it's hard to find those soothing dishes we grew up with unless we have learned to cook ourselves.

Trattoria 'Gallo D’Oro' also known as 'The Golden Rooster' Restaurant in English is located at Central Mall, a rather quiet spot of Clark Quay.

Yellow interiors soothed diners after a long day at work. The presence of traditional red brick walls with wooden furnishing gives the place a warm homely feel.

To get the ball rolling, a quick 'ice-breaker' game was conducted by the OpenRice folks for everyone to get to know one another better.

Our first dish sparked immediately excitement and curiosity among the diners. What on earth were these 2 balls?

That's Burratina di Bufala con Pomodorini ($18) - Fresh buffalo Burratina cheese with sliced tomato, basil and ‘first pressed’ organic extra virgin olive oil. It was accompanied by freshly-baked bread &

Tagliere de affettati misti Emiliani ($22) - a delicious selection of thinly sliced authentic Emilia Romagna cold cuts.

The Buffalo Burratina Cheese looked so cute that we were initially reluctant to break up its ball structure. The thin external layer was a little tough probably to retain its shape but the interior was soft, flavourful and really easy to spread onto the bread.

Just top everything up with one of the cold cuts and you have yourself a yummy appetiser.

Next came the Sardine Fritte ($22) - Deep fried sardines with onions and lemon. The size of the sardines were slightly bigger than our familiar ikan bilis. They were crunchy but still command a meaty texture and strong taste of sardine. It's addictive if you are a sardine lover.

With our appetite whetted, It's time to serve our first pasta for the evening. Casonsei alla Bergamasca ($20) - Stuffed veal ravioli served with golden butter, crispy bacon and sage was indisputably my favourite dish!

Smooth melted butter, titillating crispy bacon .... this is a dieter's worst nightmare but it tasted so good.....

Our second pasta was Foiade del Gallo D’Oro ($20) - Homemade pappardelle pasta, with sausage and spinach. The sausages looked more like meat balls. They offered a rather bouncy bite which complimented the creamy pasta really well.

By the time we were done with our appetisers and pastas, I am already 3/4 full. Thankfully, the first main course Involtini di manzo ripieni ($28) - Rolled beef with mozzarella and capers was a tomato based dish which made it less filling.

The succulent beef roll hides a cheesy secret - mozzarella stuffing.

Strangely, the Branzino intero al forno ($29) - Oven baked whole Sea Bass with leeks and Italian herbs had a fishy river taste. Nevertheless, the fish was really fresh. Perhaps I am not used to the Italian treatment of their fishes.

Our last main dish Pollo al forno rustico ($26) - Roasted chicken with potatoes, olives and shallots was a delightful piece of art. Bloated from too much good food, most of us skipped the potatoes but the olives were a hit!

Before the desserts were served, these wonderful man behind all these fabulous food, Master Chef Carlo Marengoni came round to say hi. He passionately explained his vision of promoting and upholding the noble notion of sharing homestyle northern Italian cuisine in a classic Italian way.

He only has one sacred rule: “In Gallo D’Oro, have food must SHARE.” Gallo D’Oro is a reflection of his Italian roots, particularly that from his hometown, Bergamo. True to his rule, the restaurant will have a daily ‘sharing menu’, featuring up to a range of appetizers, pastas, meat options and desserts. All orders, including those from the ala carte menu, are prepared for sharing and placed in the middle of the table.

To end off the delightful session, Torta della Nonna con gelato ($10) - home-made custard cake with vanilla gelato handed down to Chef Marengoni's grandmother was presented as the parting treat for all attending OpenRicers. It has a tangy lemony taste which offered a good contrast with the sweet gelato ice cream.

Trattoria Gallo D’Oro is one of the rare restaurants around Clark Quay that offers quiet and relaxing ambience for its diners and the menu prices are reasonable for quality Italian cuisine.

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