Me and my colleague kinda stumbled upon this place while searching for a late dinner, and in some way we were glad we found Osteria Serafina. It’s a non-pretentious Italian diner that serves really good and authentic Homemade Pasta (done perfectly al dente) as well as smooth and delightful Tiramisu. The complimentary bread basket was as authentic as it gets, being as cold, tough and plain as the ones I had in Italy ;)
Osteria Serafina. 38 Between Park and Madison Avenue 58th Street, New York.
Dinner at Spice Market wasn’t enough, so after a little tour of Chelsea Market Elaine brought me to a cosy Italian eatery nearby - Scarpetta - for dessert. The Raspberry Cheesecake Sundae (which sadly I heard is no longer on the menu!) was deliciously sweet and enjoyable.
Scarpetta. 355 West 14th Street, New York.
Trapizza’s thin and crisp Wood-Fired Pizzas (the seafood one is chockful of fresh ingredients like prawns, mussels, squids and salmon) are quite delightful treats to munch on, but do try their simple but delicious Pastas as well if you’re in the mood for something more filling.
Trapizza. Siloso Beach, Sentosa. Singapore.
For an avid Gelato lover, the knowledge of a gelateria so close to my workplace thrilled me no end. Happy to report too that the gelato here from Brunetti is smooth, milky and creamy. Delicious :)
Brunetti Gelateria. Tanglin Mall, Singapore.
Girlfriend’s birthday eve dinner at Dolce Vita was memorable - romantic ambience, friendly staff and of course, delicious food. While we had better Lobster Bisques before, the Seared Hokkaido Scallops and Seafood Pasta were clear winners. It would have been better if the pasta had more ingredients though, but what stood out was the texture of the pasta and the way it was done - perfectly al dente. Desserts were quite good too, so it was all wrapped up on a sweet note.
Dolce Vita. Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.
One of the best places for wood-fired pizzas in Bangkok? I would think so! As you can see from the picture above, my Seafood Pizza was chockful of ingredients, all nicely bedded on top of a lovely charred pizza base and crust. The mozzarella cheese and tomato base were just about right as well, so there’s really nothing much to fault about this pizza. Good stuff.
Pizzeria Limoncello. No. 17, Sukhumvit Soi 11. Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok.
I never thought much about the desserts at Ricciotti (though if you have to, the Soffiato and Morbida are not too bad) but a recent visit and a good prawn (aglio olio-type) pasta was enough to get me interested for a return soon. The pizzas look pretty awesome too. Stay tuned.
Ricciotti. The Riverwalk, Singapore.
Senso Ristorante is definitely up there as one of the Italian restaurants with the best ambience. Have it in a classy “courtyard” in the middle quarters or relax indoors with all the pleasures of air-conditioning and plush chairs. The food here is commendable, like the Taglierini (homemade Taglierini pasta with Boston lobster and fresh basil; $32++) we had. Desserts were lovely too - the delicate Crème Brûlée ($16++) was served in a duo of coffee and vanilla, while the Chocolate (think hot chocolate lava cake; $18++) had the quality bitterness to it.
Senso Ristorante. Club Street, Singapore.
If you’d like a quiet and peaceful lunch for two, do drop by Michaelangelo’s at Chip Bee Gardens (close to Holland V) for an afternoon indulgence. Pastas weren’t fantastic by my standards, but the steak and desserts will always be worth my while. Get all these and a little more, for a little less: AMEX Cardholders are entitled to a 1-for-1 promotion set lunch for only $35++.
Michaelangelo’s. Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore.
I liked La Nonna’s Seafood Pizza ($19++; named Nero but you could do without the squid ink), it was simple and full of fresh prawns and squids. Good pizza that wasn’t too thick or thin, but just right. On the other hand, the travel buddy completely dismissed his Mushroom Soup ($15++) and Lasagna ($17++). which to be fair didn’t looked very appetising anyway.
La Nonna. Holland Village, Singapore.