My girlfriends and I met on Saturday for dinner at 6.30pm at inITALY. However, as I only made our reservation on the day of our dinner, we were told we would need to return the table by 7.45pm. Wanting to have Italian cuisine for dinner (and me being lazy to find another place), we agreed.
Upon arrival, we were led to the high tables which I felt were the best seats in the house as it gave us a good view of what’s happening within the restaurant. Ideal for nosy people like me. Haha! The high tables were also placed such that the next high table was separated by a column which gave us privacy where our tables were not too close for discomfort.
However, it being the Restaurant Week, there was a slight confusion when we wanted to place our orders. We wanted to order from the a-la carte menu, but the staff insisted we could only order the set menu that was tailored for Restaurant Week. Thankfully, chef Mario Caramella came out at the right moment and gave us the go ahead to order from a-la carte menu.
And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-
1) Bread, Complimentary – Upon seated, we were served a basket containing 2 types of bread and a plate of cheese (not pictured). And I was really impressed with the beer bread which was served warm. I tried it with the salsa verde too, but I preferred it alone. Cause it was that good. Slightly thick, slightly chewy, slightly oily and so tasty.
Due to the (silly) 3000 characters limit, continue to read my review on other dishes here: PART2
8) Limoncello souffle, $20 – Lemon liqueur souffle. This was good for photo-taking cause it did not deflate quickly like most souffles do. Ha. This was more egg-y than how I preferred my souffle to be.
9) Cannolo aperto, $16 – Sheep’s milk ricotta cheese mousse with Sicilian candied fruit, layered on cripsy Cannolo biscuit & pistachio ice cream.
Food was decent and inITALY provided a really cosy ambience for us ladies to eat and catch up. However, it was the service that won our hearts. During the midst of clarifying that we could order from the a-la carte menu, chef Mario Caramella mentioned he would need the table back at 7.45pm. However, he added on that we shall play by the ear. And we managed to stay till 8.45pm! Haha.
The group only came in at 8.30pm cause of the rain. And instead of chasing us (to quickly finish our desserts) or relocating us to the alfresco table, it was nice that the staff only hinted us that they needed the table back (as earlier informed over the phone) by passing us the bill after our desserts were served. Of course it helped that we were also 自动 (automatic). Haha.
I am also not sure if it was because it’s Restaurant Week, but I noticed chef Mario Caramella comes out to the front a lot to make sure everything was going smoothly. So yes, it was definitely refreshing to see the chef so ‘hands on’.
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