My most recent trip to La Nonna at Holland Village left me very impressed with both the service and the food. The waiters were extremely hospitable and quick to attend to us throughout our meals. We had 2 pizzas and 2 pastas to share among the 4 of us and it was nothing short of satisfactory meal. All the dishes were exquisite and my friends and I cannot wait to be back for more!
Part of the Spizza group (i think), I've been to this place 4 - 5 times in the past year. Each time my wife and I has always left pleased.
The missus is a big fan of the mushroom soup. It's hearty and hits all the right spots for me. Don't expect an epiphany here, it is just mushroom soup afterall, but a well balanced and very tasty mushroom soup is sadly a rare commodity these days.
Pasta's pretty decent too. The oxtail ragout fettucine is a big winner for me. I've had that almost every time I've gone there and wasn't once disappointed (apart from one time where the sauce was just lacking a little of its usual oomph)
Desserts are not bad and in line with the rest of the restaurant, pretty consistent.
The restaurant was only served by 2 servers so getting their attention can require some patience, but I've found their servers to be friendly and efficient.
Another good thing about this place, parking is seldom a problem given it's the only restaurant there. That being said, it's a horror to get to by public transport.
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I loveeee Italian food!! It’s one of my favourite cuisines. This place uses fresh pasta for some of their dishes, which is awesome! Be sure to ask. Make sure you come for lunch to take advantage of the promotion - it's really worth eating here during lunch since lunch/ dinner menus are the same.
Anyway here’s La Nonna! Please head to the one at Namly Place, the food and service there is better. Best if you have a car. If you don’t, just take a 6-minute walk down Namly Avenue to get your stomach ready for a very homely Italianooo experience!!
They used to have a 50% off promotion for lunch which was VERY WORTH IT but it’s now changed to buy one main course, get one appetizer or dessert free. Less of a promotion if you’re a small eater, but good enough for the big ones.
I picked Vongole ($18) as an appetizer. Sauteed clams in white wine sauce, garlic and herbs. This was a bit too oily and buttery for my liking. Clams weren’t fantastic either. And my very silly friend hahaha did not want to share any of this so eating the whole pot of it is not very fun. Will try the Carpaccio next time!!
My main was Homemade Pappardelle with Chicken Liver and Black Truffle Sauce ($19). Yep you heard it, chicken liver!! Was feeling very adventurous that day. The pasta was cooked al dente, and it goes really well with the black truffle sauce, which was both fragrant and slightly smoky. Chicken liver… I don’t think you should all of it on the plate but it’s an interesting addition!
Friend had the Carbonara, which is just your typical carbonara. I forgot to take a picture I think he was too hungry! If you want a simple pasta dish not on the menu, just request and they’ll gladly whip it up.
Alternatively you can try their signature La Nonna Pizza – asparagus, mozzarella, parmesan, a sunny side up – it’s really interesting!
To round things off, this is the standard Tiramisu ($12). Should have ordered the cheese platter ($16) hahaha I am so indecisive. Most tiramisus taste of the same standard to me, I can’t remember how this was! But it’s more worth it than the tarts imo, those tarts are tiny and bite sized.
Okay way too many words. Bon Appetit!!!
It is easy to miss La nonna @ Namly Place, tucked into the lush neighborhoods.
Extremely cosy and the restaurant felt like it was in a world of its own.
Menu is rather comprehensive with a great variation and everything we ordered was a hit, but was thoroughly impressed with the Mozzarella e Parma (pan fried mozzarella wrapped in aged parma ham), Torta Della Nonna (lemon tart) and Merluzzo (cod fish on mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach).
Great service and both servers and manager alike were efficient, knowledgeable and intuitive.
Can't wait to go back, we'll probably try the other outlet at Holland Village!
I’m a designer by profession, always sharp with details in beautiful things. The interior decoration and design of this restaurant is full of classical village feeling, very unique style of Italy restaurant.
I like the atmosphere during the night, surround by tranquil, suitable for couples, friends, and family gatherings. It is convenience to find parking space near the vicinity. However, the business is particularly well during the weekend, you might consider making an appointment before visiting, to avoid disappointment.
We both ordered appetizer, main course and dessert. Can't wait to introduce our scrumptious meal. (^-^)
The taste of pumpkin soup was rich, you can feel the effect the chef put in for this soup. The mix of the spice and pumpkin with some pepper was perfect. I can still recall the great taste while writing this review.
This Cod Fish was recommended by the waiter, it is not in the main menu, it’s the Chef menu for the week. The cod fish was fried to a golden brown skin, with a trace of salt taste top with mashed potatoes and vegetable mix, you can feel the ocean with every bite, I really love this main dishes.
My friends and I agree, it is worth spending the leisurely weekend evening chatting in such a dining environment with a glass of wine. (^-^)
這道Cod Fish是服務員推薦的，也是本週廚師推出的新菜色。Cod Fish的鮮美口感，搭配馬鈴薯泥和蔬菜。煎成金黃色的魚皮，帶著微量的海鹽口感，每一口都能感受到海洋，我極愛這道主菜。
I have always passed by La Nonna in Holland Village but never went in for a visit. By chance, while researching on HGW for a lazy saturday lunch, La Nonna at Namly Place popped up. Since we lived near to the area, we decided to give it a try.
The place wasn't too hard to navigate (thanks to GPS). The restaurant was pretty quiet during Sat morning; we figured the residents were still sleeping from a late Friday night. Set Lunch was still available on Sat (wow, the price was only $22++!) and we were lazy to decide and settled for this 3-course meal.
I had a fresh rucola salad with baby octopus for my starter. The rucola leaves were very fresh and not bitter unlike the many I have tasted in several places. There was a hint of sea salt that goes very well with my tastebuds while crunching the salad leaves. My main was a chosen spaghetti with prawns. For a not so well-know restaurant like La Nonna (at least in my eyes), the pasta was comparable to many other expensive and well-known italian restaurants I have tried (i've tried many, just never got to reviewing them!). I asked for a change in my dessert choice to Lemon Tart (Da Paolo's was good which is why I wanna do a comparison) and the staff was very obliging (I attribute it to the little crowd which was why I received full attention). I was so full by this time but the tart was so tangy and citrusy that I finished the whole plate.
On a sidenote, during dessert, I happened to look at the signboard of La Nonna and spied a small text "By Senso" at the bottom of La Nonna. It's no wonder that the food in La Nonna is so good, Senso is quite the leader in Italian food!
It was a very nice lunch and by the time we started leaving, people were starting to trickle into the place for late lunch. Will be back again for sure.