We were delighted to find this restaurant close to our home and made a date to have dinner there.
Food: We had the burato mozzarella cheese and it was well made and served. The squid rings were also well fried and the sauce interesting. Pastas: The seafood pasta in tomato, mushroom and scallops cabonara, were delicious, fresh sauce and fresh seafood used in all dishes. The calzone was made from fresh dough (can smell the yeast) and my favourite dish was the meat lovers main course - samples of their meats: lamb, beef, chicken piled into a pyramid. Delicious food all round. Had the lava cake too, so so.
Value: pricey but the good ingredients account for it.
Service: A bit understaffed but the lady server managed it pretty well for a weekday night.
Ambience: Quiet, comfortable and friendly.
Somehow stumbled upon some reviews of the place and was intrigued by the reviews I saw. They weren't your usual reviews but users used the words "Hidden gem", "rare find" etc... That was something unusually delightful so I had to check it out!
When we reached the place, the whole setting seemed totally homey and dull in the good kind of way. The restaurant menu, décor, ambience seemed to slow time down and transform our dinner into an experience. Good eating places these days require a fair bit of booking, shoving, q-ing and it simply turns the dinner mood into a quick, rushed affair. So you could see why I was absolutely pleased! We were tucked into our table and given quaint but simple menus to order from. The server announced some specials for the day which was good as it shows they do customize their dishes so it won't be the same old stuff everyday!
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Tucked away in a quiet residential area of Bukit Batok, Cacio e Pepe is a casual and cosy Italian Restaurant. This feels like a neighbourhood trattoria, like in Italy, where people can pop by and not worry about having to dress up. The chefs are trained by one of the owners’ Italian mother-in-law. The pasta menu isn’t just confined to the just the usual spaghetti Bolognese. There is an array of linguine, penne and spaghetti cooked in various ways to appeal to both cream-sauce lovers and those who prefer something lighter on the palate. Tagliatelle al Tartufo ($24) is my favourite. The homemade egg pasta is tossed with scallops and prawns in truffle cream sauce. Ok I am biased because of the truffle cream sauce. But the tasty sauce is really aromatic and not overpowering. The egg pasta is equally good and because it is homemade, you need to give them some time to prepare. There are plenty more other dishes that I will gladly eat again, such as Risotto al Nero de Seppia ($20). The Italian Arborio rice was cooked to perfection, tossed with QQ prawns, calamari, clams and mussels with squid ink sauce. It is a good indicator of quality and is well balanced and very tasty. The decor is homey, the atmosphere is warm and the service is friendly. The boss is very friendly and it makes us feel like we are having dinner at a friend’s house. More importantly, the food is up to scratch as well. Pasta is done al dante, sauces are tasty and prices are really reasonable!
Another one of those places where your GPS device comes in handy. Off Upper Paya Lebar Road, this is literally a neighborhood joint. Other than the next door coffee shop, I didn't see much else going on other than a pretty flat residential hood in there. The advantage, we could still get a table at the last minute on the weekend. Not that it was empty - there was still a good crowd going when we got there closer to 9pm.
Service was a little spotty although friendly but we were thankful for the bread which arrived fairly quickly, since we were starving. Although it looked a little dry when it did, it was a nice chewy texture and was much better than it looked.
The Spinaci salad with bacon, mushrooms and Feta tossed in a Balsamic Vinaigrette was tasty.. perhaps a tad too salty even after losing sodium from 2 hours of tennis. Plenty replenishment there. However, we were pleased with the quality of the spinach and tomatoes which were crisp, fresh and sweet. The bacon and Feta added dimensions to it and because these were salty too, we could have done with less salt overall in the dressing.
This was my least favorite dish of the evening but I can imagine it to be a hit with a lot of Singaporeans who like their food spicy. There was way too much chili heat in the Linguini al Cartoccio for me to handle. I thought it covered whatever seafood taste from the seafood sealed within the aluminum foil while being cooked. While the Calamari was done best, the rest of seafood was unfortunately not catch-of-the-day fresh, and the linguini was not al dente and so a tad soggy.
But we made up for it with the Quattro Stagioni pizza topped with artichokes, spinach, anchovies, ham, black olives and mozzarella. A well balanced pizza that wasn't overly salty, it had a combination of slightly tangy from the artichokes, contained by the salt from the anchovies, ham and olives, then texturised with the mozzarella on a slightly charred smoky pizza base. This was still good the next day after you heat it up on a pan lightly.
Although our sweet ending was a little burnt, probably from a over enthusiastic blow torch, the custard itself was actually the kind I like - very eggy, not overly sweet. The berries were a little dead from the off season but once you get over the charred top and dried fruit, the custard is all you need to concern yourself with.
Overall, an "ok" for a neighborhood joint and at fair prices. A little reminiscent of Al Forno in the good ole days before they sold out (it's pretty abysmal now) and the has the makings of a nice alternative to fighting for a reservation in the more popular spots on the weekends.
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Tucked away in a quiet suburban location, we endeavor to create a relaxed Italian dining experience with authentic Italian cuisine using highest quality ingredients. The restaurant can easily sit 50 people and provide group events as required. Free ample parking is available. The kitchen serves lunch and dinner daily and the coffee bar is always opened for coffee and deserts. my friend ordered this fish dish we doesnt look appealing to me. but to our surprise, it doesnt taste fishy. and it is served as a whole fish in a pastry! it is very yummy!