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IO Italian Osteria aim to bring the smells, flavours and atmosphere of traditional Italian tavern back to life in modern-day. We want to spread the truthful Italian concept of conviviality, in order to rediscover a rich and important gourmet and the pleasure of spending time together.

From the open kitchen, the culinary team prepares IO’s menu from scratch with only the finest fresh high quality ingredients.

IO Italian Osteria is not only a tavern open from breakfast to dinner; it is also a great place to find distinctive Italian delicacy items, food and beverages.

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Great Place for Italian Food at HillV2!

After my first visit here a few months ago, I finally got a chance to bring my family to this restaurant, as we were busy with the Chinese New Year festivities in the past few weeks.

The restaurant can be packed, so its good to book ahead.

Here are the highlights of our meal:
- Assorted home-made bread bag: $6. We had Bread sticks and Olive bread. The Olive bread had bits of olive in them. I loved this, cos the bread is nice and fragrant. Dipping into the olive oil enhanced the flavour.

- Assorted Pizza Platter: $22. We got 4 types of pizzas, with different toppings: Bacon with zuchinni, Tomato paste with oregano, Tomato paste with cheese and Italian sausage with cheese. I lovedt the bacon and zuchinni pizza most, followed by the Italian sausage with cheese pizza. 

- Homemade Tagliolini with Prawns: $22. The tagliolini was home-made. and its cooked with sliced half cherry tomatoes, chopped asparagus, fresh halved prawns in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with lemon breadcrumbs. Everything came together well and it has a great taste. Its good!

- Porchetta: $12. Baked pork belly with wild fennel and black pepper. The porchetta is nicely cooked with nice crackling for the skin. The fennel and pepper gave the porchetta a nice flavor that was enhanced even more with the mustard sauce which I used sparingly. Must try!

The restaurant has high ceiling, open kitchen, friendly staff and serves good food. What more can you ask for?

Most importantly, my family loved the food and we will be back here again.

Highly recommended!

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09 Mar 2015 • 309 reviews • 2 followers

Great Place for Italian Food at HillV2!

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After my first visit here a few months ago, I finally got a chance to bring my family to this restaurant, as we were busy with the Chinese New Year festivities in the past few weeks.

The restaurant can be packed, so its good to book ahead.

Here are the highlights of our meal:
- Assorted home-made bread bag: $6. We had Bread sticks and Olive bread. The Olive bread had bits of olive in them. I loved this, cos the bread is nice and fragrant. Dipping into the olive oil enhanced the flavour.

- Assorted Pizza Platter: $22. We got 4 types of pizzas, with different toppings: Bacon with zuchinni, Tomato paste with oregano, Tomato paste with cheese and Italian sausage with cheese. I lovedt the bacon and zuchinni pizza most, followed by the Italian sausage with cheese pizza. 

- Homemade Tagliolini with Prawns: $22. The tagliolini was home-made. and its cooked with sliced half cherry tomatoes, chopped asparagus, fresh halved prawns in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with lemon breadcrumbs. Everything came together well and it has a great taste. Its good!

- Porchetta: $12. Baked pork belly with wild fennel and black pepper. The porchetta is nicely cooked with nice crackling for the skin. The fennel and pepper gave the porchetta a nice flavor that was enhanced even more with the mustard sauce which I used sparingly. Must try!

The restaurant has high ceiling, open kitchen, friendly staff and serves good food. What more can you ask for?

Most importantly, my family loved the food and we will be back here again.

Highly recommended!
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27 Jan 2015 • 309 reviews • 2 followers

Great Italian Offerings at iO Italian Osteria - HillV2 !

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I am always on the lookout for good Italian restaurants. This is a new concept by the owners who also own the popular Etna restaurants at Duxton and East Coast. The restaurant offers authentic Italian food from across Italy and doesn't focus on a specific Italian region. The atmosphere is relaxed and you feel like you are dining in a friend’s home. The restaurant features an open-concept kitchen. The executive Chef, Anna is really friendly and explains the food tradition, history and ingredients. Very knowledgeable and informative. Their drinks offering is interesting. They offer their own still and sparkling water made on-premise, through reverse-osmosis process. You can now get ‘fresh’ water ‘brewed’ inhouse! The white and red wines are freshly pulled from a barrel tap and can be aerated to create a sparkling wine. Here are the meal highlights:
 - Assorted pizzas: $19. 3 types of pizzas, with different toppings and the Roman Schiacciata with truffle and ricotta Cheese spread. The latter is a highlight. Must try! Small bites
 - Stuffed Fried Olives: $9. Pitted olives filled with meat, batter-coated and deep fried, with a side of mayonnaise. I love olives, so I like this.
 - Rice “Suppli’: $9. A deep fried rice ball with mozzarella middle. The rice tastes like tomato rice. Delicious. Try it!
 - Crispy Golden Seafood in Semolina Crumb: $9. Deep fried batter coated prawns & cut-up squid. Eat while its hot to enjoy. 
 - Assorted Seasonal Vegetables in Beer Batter: $9. Fried strips of eggplant, carrot and capsicum. The batter is thin and I loved this. Recommended! Starters
 - Porchetta: $12. Baked pork belly with wild fennel and black pepper. Other restaurants charge 3 times more. Nice, good crackling on the outside. The fennel added a good flavour. Recommended! Pasta
 - Handmade Raviolacci with meat filling: $18. 4 round raviolli filled with ‘slow cooked in oven’ beef with a cream sauce. The filling reminds me of pate. Try it!
 - Cavatelli Burnt Wheat Pasta with Eggplant & Tomato: $24. An old-school pasta that is now revived in Italy. My first time eating this, and it's like eating oats. Has diced eggplant, fresh and sun dried tomato. The Pecorino cheese also added flavour to the dish. Order this for something unique! Main Course
 - Beef Fillet “Alla Maremmana”: $28. Grilled US Ribeye steak, sliced thinly like sashimi and plated on rocket leaves. This is topped with sliced button mushrooms that has been sauteed in a cream sauce. Good! Desserts
 - Tiramisu in a jar: $9. Served in a glass jar, the tiramisu has little alcohol in it and topped with pistachio crumbs. Good for children and adults!
 - Lemon Tart: $12. A slice of the lemon tart topped with Italian Meringue. The meringue is soft and not hard with lemon peel and have vanilla seeds folded in. Nice and tart!
 - Frozen Capuccino: A unique concoction. It's a shaken capuccino in a martini glass. Nice and refreshing.
 A great meal at iO and I look forward to bringing my family here to dine here soon. Recommended!
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  • Stuffed Fried Olives & Rice “Suppli’
16 Dec 2014 • 2005 reviews • 255 followers

Wonderful Italian Street Food

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Newly opened at Hill View 2, iO Italian Osteria offers a wide variety of Italian street food from different parts of Italy at street food prices, an amazing feat given that there are three Italian full time chefs that offer food from different parts  of Italy.

At a recent visit, I started with the Schiacciata Romania, freshly baked bread with truffle cream in between.  One could just nibble on this all day.

From the pasta menu I tried the Linguine Pizzaoli, pasta with beef in a rich tomato sauce.

A must try here is the Roman Pork Belly. I liked the presentation of the dish and underneath the crispy skin was a firm piece of meat.

For something hearty, there is the Genoa Pork Ribs, rich in tomato base with meat falling off the bone.

Dessert was a rich milk based Napoli Cake and The Bastera Napolitana, puffs with hazzlenut  butter, to end the meal.

The best part is that the place opens in the afternoon, which means that one can hang around and have that lazy coffee afternoon. Definitely one of the best finds in 2014.
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  • Schiacciata Romania
14 Nov 2014 • 106 reviews • 1 follower

iO Italian Osteria

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Charmed by its rustic interior and its pleasant bread counter laid up at its entrance, iO Italian Osteria has a friendly large team which aims to bring traditional italian traven back into the modern days. Its Italian concept dining environment and its open kitchen has somehow brought more knowledge to someone like me who know nuts about Italian cuisine.

Oven roasted chicken was served on a heavy weighted wooden board supported by zucchini, potato and carrots, adorned with a stalk of theme leaves. The meat as well as vegetables were all succulent and tasty!

For full details, visit http://www.umakemehungry.com/2014/11/io-italian-osteria.html
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  • Spicy Roasted Farm Chicken "Alla Diavola" - $22
27 Oct 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Nice Setting, Average Dining

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My virgin write-up on HGW! Woohoo!

Was super excited by the opening of HillV2 just round the corner from where I live. We have been so deprived of dining options around the area for the longest time. Lots of F&B options at HillV2, some which seem to be new concepts and brands. Will be checking out the rest soon since not all are opened.

Starting with the Italian restaurant. Firstly, from the outside, the shop looks really attractive with its bread and pizza counter. This was what first lured us (group of 4) in. The restaurant design was ok but chairs weren't the most comfortable to sit in. Minimalist industrial look?

We started with a bread basket, which came served in a paper bag...which wasn't very pleasant. The bread was a bit disappointing, but by the time we passed the paper bag around the 4 of us, lets just say it wasn't looking in great shape.

For appetizers, we had the roast pork...which looked like more like a pork loin (pork belly?) rolled in herbs. Crunchy crackling and nice but the meat felt heavy and salty with the seasoning and stuffing. Pasta was ok but nothing really stood out. The pizza was pretty good and comes in individual slices, and was something that we would look forward to again.

Overall, average but pricey given portion size and quality. Still would probably still give it a try later on perhaps when they are more settled in.
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