Gazetted as a national monument, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall (VTCH) along Empress Place has been beautifully restored. The historically important performing arts venue now offers elegant contemporary functional spaces with old-world charm. As ordinary Singaporeans, we had wondered why the resplendently restored VTCH had no space for a restaurant. It took a bit of time, but 2 years after its re-opening VTCH has added a restaurant – one with Michelin Star pedigree at that. FOO’D by Davide Oldani at Victoria Concert Hall offers a menu conceptualised by celebrity Chef Davide Oldani, chef-owner of the one Michelin-starred D’O in Cornaredo, a municipality in Milan in the Italian region Lombardy.
Today, we take you with us to our set lunch at Acqua e Farina Singapore, the Italian restaurant at Rail Mall in Upper Bukit Timah. This restaurant was formerly known as Galbiati Gourmet Deli until late last year. ” Acqua e Farina” means water and flour in Italian – essential ingredients which go into making pizza and pasta. Always popular with folks working in this part of town because of the free parking available, Rail Mall now gets even more human traffic with the opening of the new Hillview Station on the Downtown Line which is a 5 minute walk away.
Bel Mondo Italian Kitchen at Millenia Walk is an Italian restaurant originating from Osaka Japan. Having had some good experience in Japan with the Japanese interpretations of western cuisine like French and Italian, we stopped by at Bel Mondo Italian Kitchen for lunch recently.
Here is The Ordinary Patrons’ (TOP) list of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore that we have tried. This list represents the Italian restaurants that are on top our minds when we think of which Italian restaurant in Singapore to go to again. With such a wide range of Italian restaurants in Singapore, this list will continue to be work in progress. We will update it as we try to eat our way through the list of Italian restaurants in Singapore.
We were sad to hear the news that Catalunya had decided to call a day. But as they say, one door closes and another door opens. Monti at the Fullerton Pavillion takes over the bubble shaped space on Marina Bay. The place is beautiful and the food is superb. Read Monti at The Fullerton Pavillion – new Italian restaurant.
Monti at the Fullerton Pavillion
82 Collyer Quay, Fullerton Pavilion
The next entry in our list of best Italian restaurants in Singapore is an Italian restaurant that has been around for a long time – Valentino’s in Turf City. Consistently well made traditional dishes in an equally traditional decor. Read Valentino Restaurant Singapore – Italian food in Turf City.
Ristorante Da Valentino
Turf Club Road, #01-19
Mondays to Fridays
Lunch: 12noon to 2:30pm | Dinner: 6pm to 11pm
Saturdays 6pm to midnight
Closed on Sundays
La Barca is our favourite Italian restaurant in the East. Located in the Goodman Arts Centre in Katong, this is a laid back place where a long lunch with a bottle of wine is our definition of a nice day. Read La Barca – Best Italian Restaurant in East Singapore.
90 Goodman Road
Goodman Arts Centre, Block C, #01-21/22
If you want a fine dining restaurant with Italian food carefully prepared by a Japanese chef and not pay sky-high prices, try Ristorante Takada at Alexis. Alexis is the low profile shopping centre opposite the Mercedes Benz showroom on Alexandra Road. Read Hidden Gem at Alexis – Ristorante Takada.
356 Alexandra Road
Aura and Aura Sky Lounge are located at top floors i.e. levels 5 and 6 respectively of the National Gallery, Singapore’s new South East Asian art museum. A modern Italian restaurant with a nice outdoor terrace and a view of the City Hall vicinity. Read Aura, new restaurant at National Gallery Singapore.
AURA Italian Restaurant
1 St Andrews Road
05-03 and 06-02 National Gallery Singapore
Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza is opened by The Cre8tive Group, the folks behind the successful Supply & Demand restaurants. Equilibrium serves traditional Italian fare and modern interpretations in a cozy space. Read New Italian restaurant – Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza.
Equilibrium Modern Italian Bacano & Ristorante
15 Stamford Road #01-06
Tel : +65 6384 4069
Best Italian restaurants in residential neighbourhoods.
Most of the restaurants listed above are city restaurants, which could be a hassle to get to when we are far away in the suburbs. Here are the best neighbourhood Italian restaurants which we are happy to visit on weekends or when we are too lazy to travel to the city.
iO Italian Osteria – is located in the HillV2 mall that opened in 2014. Residents in the Hillview / Upper Bukit Timah areas must be pleased to have this Italian restaurant in their neighbourhood. Read iO Italian Osteria at HillV2, revisited 2015.
iO Italian Osteria
4 Hillview Rise
Tel: +65 6710 7150
Fratini La Trattoria on Greenwood Avenue is unlike any other Italian restaurant in Singapore that we have tried. It is certainly worth a visit, especially if you are in the Watten Estate area and have a good appetite. They are an “omakase” Italian restaurant. Do not ask for the menu as there is none. Read Dinner at Fratini La Trattoria – a story of endless love?
Fratini La Trattoria
10 Greenwood Avenue
The glass dome floating on Marina Bay between Clifford Pier and One Fullerton is now home to a new Italian restaurant, Monti. Taking over the space which was occupied by Spanish restaurant Catalunya, Monti at The Fullerton Pavillion is a new destination to dine and party the night away. The modern multi-concept space is an elegant restaurant for Italian food as well as a bar for drinks and craft cocktails with live DJ sets. With its ideal location by the edge of the water, Monti could be a new hip night spot. We visited Monti on a hot afternoon and thought it was a pretty cool place for lunch too.
Botanica Tokyo, is a modern Italian restaurant designed by famous designer Terence Conran. It is located in the Tokyo Midtown, an interesting mall which also houses the Suntory Museum of Art and is connected to the Ritz Carlton Hotel Tokyo. It was no surprise then that the place was beautifully furnished and they serve a wonderful lunch. The only unexpected thing was how reasonably priced the lunch was.