Daily: 10:00 - 21:00
Previously known as Trattoria Cuccina Italiana, Trattoria Italian Kitchen serves a variety of Italian cuisine. Their secret ingredient - authenticity, simplicity, quality imported ingredients, great service and value. Trattoria truly lives up to its reputation as an informal restaurant serving simple Italian dishes.
The last time I dined at Trattoria Culina was years back, when 313 @ Somerset just opened. Well, good to know that this authentic Italian restaurant has planted its feet firmly here, despite the changing trends and other restaurants closing down, etc. Hence, it was time to revisit for a good old Italian dinner.
For mains, we shared the Baked Lasagna with Bolognese and Bechamel (SGD$19.90) - tender layers of minced beef ragu enclaved between layers of cheese and pasta, a sticky and chewy delight, teasing the palate with rich flavors and texture.
Then we also had a Ravioli Al Funghi (SGD$24.90) - pretty, scallop-shaped ravioli bursting with cheese , tossed in a delicious cream sage sauce. There were at least two types of mushrooms spotted, adding to the dish the distinctive sweetness of mushrooms. The ravioli was taut and once bitten in, the melting cheese exploded in the mouth. This was a fabulous selection.
For dessert, we shared an Apple Crumble (SGD$9.90) - a delicious bowl of fresh apple cubes, rocks of pastry and a large scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It was warm and tasty, not too sweet, with the large rocks of crunchy crusts adding bite and flavor to the whole dessert overall.
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This place is great if you just want a simple pasta or pizza. They serve traditional Italian dishes that we are familiar with. We have found it fine for a quick lunch or dinner. Gets a bit noisy. I've been there about 6 times. On one occasion the Lasagna was served cold but they gave me a new one and it's not bad, had it twice since although I can cook a better one :) Rissoto Marinara has too much squid and not enough prawns, clams etc so we won't be ordering that again. Vongole is great and so are the Pizzas. Service is good and it is kid friendly.
Had lunch at the restaurant today and it was an utter disappointment. My friend ordered an Eggs Benedict and we were shocked when the dish was served as the food was frankly slapped onto the plate with an obvious lack of interest to impress. For a dish that cost more than $23 and based on the location, I would expect a good food quality and presentation. However the muffins were totally socked through, the plate was covered with a cloudy egg water and the eggs had fallen off the muffins. When we returned the dish back, the Italian Manager even have the audacity to come and challenge us. He questioned what's our issue in a condescending tone, which made us feel disrespected. Without offering a solution, he walked away with no attempt or interest to turn around our dissatisfactory experience. Instead of behaving defensive, he should feel ashamed that they are serving such a dish to their customer. I did not enjoy my Fettucine Bolognaise either as you can taste that the sauce had been kept in the fridge for a very long time and the noodles were tougher than al dente. This restaurant belongs on the Gordon Ramsay's show "Restaurant Nightmare" and is in urgent need to improve their service and food quality. First on the list, change the restaurant as he is obviously not fit to run the establishment and incompetent for his role. Avoid this restaurant at all cost!!!