June 19, 2015
We’re huge lovers of Italian food. There’s just something warm and comforting about a steaming plate of pasta or a serving of pizza fresh out of the wood-fire oven to satisfy the carb monsters in all of us.
But quality Italian fare often comes at a high price, and while we don’t mind shelling out a bit more for food that’s really good, sometimes it’s just a bit disappointing to be unable to find authentic Italian at mass-market prices here in Singapore (as strong as our dining scene is).
Tagliolini zebrati con gamberetti e zucchini, $16
That’s why Bottura is such a rare gem of a find. The new casual Italian joint that has recently opened in the North Wing of Suntec City prides itself on its extensive menu of authentic homemade dishes, without compromising at all on affordability (seriously, where else can you find quality pasta at under $20?). Our favourites were the Foglie di polenta con ragù e besciamella ($18), a polenta lasagne that’s of the most incredible melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the Tagliolini zebrati con gamberetti e zucchini ($16), a mix of egg and squid ink tagliolini pasta with fresh shrimps and zucchini, cooked in a cream-based sauce that is not at all heavy. In case you can’t decide from the menu of more than 10 pasta options, get the degustation with six pasta dishes and comes with a glass of red or white wine, available after 5pm on weekdays and all day weekends.
Tagliatelle con ragù tradizionale, $15
The pizza selection is equally varied, and all flavours come in 12-inch thin-crust bases. The Arrabbiata ($18) is a good choice if you want some spice, because the chilli in it has some serious kick. For something more out of the ordinary, try the Melone ($24), which has the classic parma ham and rock melon combination on a mozzarella base.
Of course, there’s gelato ($5 a scoop)! The 16 flavours include Italian classics like stracciatella and tiramisu alongside fruity ones like melon and strawberry. You can have your gelato on a stick as well, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with nuts or coconut flakes. You can try the Tiramisu ($8), but we highly recommend going for the “Spaghetti Gelato” ($7), a gelato dessert hilariously made to look like a plate of spaghetti bolognese, down to the berry “sauce” and meringue “mozzarella”.
“Spaghetti Gelato”, $7
All ingredients, with the exception of fresh ones, used to make the food are imported from Italy, mainly from Bologna, where the Bottura family hails from. Even the kitchen equipment was brought in from Italy: just look through the glass into the kitchen to watch the chefs at work and the freshly-made pasta hanging up to dry. If this stirs up your own culinary aspirations, Bottura has a retail corner where you can stock up on truffle oil, balsamic vinegar jam, flavoured sugars and salts and authentic olive oil, all Italian brands exclusively imported by the restaurant.
The next time you’re craving for Italian, you know where to head to. Remember: good things don’t always have to come at a high price.
Bottura is located at Suntec City Mall North Wing #02-472/3/4. Open 10am to 10pm daily. Call 6238 7527 for reservations. facebook.com/botturasg