Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 22:30
Closed: Sun & PH
Aiming to feel just like home, this restaurant offers traditional Italian fare in a comfortable setting dressed up with Straits Chinese items, original artwork by the owner's brother and other international knickknacks. Try the ravioli stuffed with pumpkin or grilled home-made Italian sausages flavoured with white wine.
I made a reservation at 7pm, and arrived slightly early. The waiter got my reservation, and showed me to my table. As I need to go urgently to the washroom, I told the waiter to show my friend (who just came in) our table, and left. When i came back, the waiter had tied a cushion to the back of my chair (I was visibly pregnant), held the seat for me, and arranged for a table bag hanger to hang my bag. The extra gestures has not gone unnoticed. For appetizers, we ordered the baked scallop and duck liver. It was excellent. The pasta and squid ink spagaddies was average though. But the lava cake was excellent. Waiter was attentive throughout and made effort to refill our glass with warm water throughout. Overall, we had a great time there, and will definitely come again!
We had dinner here after reading reviews online. Ambience was nice and this place is a nice place if you are looking for a romantic dinner or a night to hang out with the girls.
Service was bad. One Chinese looking waitress looked as if we killed her loved one. No smile at all, curt and rude. when she serves food, she would just put it on the table without saying anything. If she clears plates, she would not excuse herself and rudely interrupt you. Service should be with a smile and at a restaurant like this, such staff should not work here.
Food wise, both pasta and main dishes were not bad. Serving portion was adequate too.
Disappointing. The last time I had a meal here, I was thoroughly impressed with the food and service which explains my second visit. However this time, my pasta was soggy and obviously overcooked. Upon bringing this up to our waiter, he immediately replied that this was how it should be and that the pasta "is supposed to be like that and won't be nice Al Dente" which is frankly the most ridiculous thing I've heard regarding pasta.
*Charmaine and I chanced upon Pasta Brava, located along the row of conservation shophouses at Tanjong Pagar area.
The dimly romantic interior decor was both tasteful and intimate, yet there was no pretentiousness to it at all. There are Straits Chinese decorations and souveinirs around the restaurant, as well as paintings done by the owner's brother. The restaurant has two stories, and we were sitting on level 2, where we enjoyed the cozier end of the restaurant. The service crew was rather attentive towards the end of the meal.
For mains, *Charmaine had the Linguine Regina del Mare (SGD$23.00) - linguine pasta with scallops, clams, prawns, squid, crayfish in garlic and tomato sauce. The linguine were springy and the gravy was a delicious mixture of sweet-sour flavour.
I chose something under the "Pasta Fatta in Casa" (homemade pasta) section, the Agnolotti Farciti al Salmone (SGD$23.50) - round shaped pasta filled with fresh and smoked mashed salmon, served with tomato and cream sauce. The pasta had a great chewy texture, and the mashed salmon was smooth, creamy, almost velvety on the tongue. It was utterly tasty.
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