Last Updated: July 29, 2021
What makes a good Italian restaurant in Singapore? Is it the authenticity, or is it simply how good you felt while dining there? I would vote for the latter. Despite adding a local touch, there are many good Italian restaurants in Singapore that still make pretty damn good pasta and pizzas.
In this guide to the best Italian restaurants in Singapore, I tried different Italian restaurants across the country, all with their own styles. I’d have to say that after talking with chefs, authentic Italian cuisine is just too diverse from region to region. From Sardinia to Sicilian, the differences are astounding and each Italian chef focuses on his own region’s cuisine.
It’s hard to say which is better when we’re comparing cuisines from different regions against each other—but Italian food is definitely beyond just pasta and pizzas, as most Singaporeans will assume.
And then there are local chefs who trained under Italian restaurants, and start creating their own style of Italian-Singaporean cooking that wonderfully pleases the local palate. There are many Italian restaurants here that are rather authentic, but there are bound to be certain tweaks here and there to suit the market.
I’m certainly not complaining as long as I find it delicious, and I hope you do too. This article is based on what locals and expats like, which may not necessarily imply authenticity. After all the burrata, risotto, pasta and tiramisu, here are 3o Italian restaurants to relish in Singapore.
Located within the classy interiors of Victoria Concert Hall, Sinfonia Ristorante orchestrates contemporary Italian cuisine that will leave your taste buds dancing to its symphony.
With 21 years of experience, Executive Chef Simone Depalmas promises the use of quality seasonal ingredients imported from Italy to constantly dole out brand new melodies.
Apart from the eatery’s lunch (3 courses: S$45++ per person, 4 courses: S$52++ per person) and dinner (4 courses Chef’s special: S$98++ per person) sets, choose to feast on their Saturday Omakase Special (Lunch at S$58++ per person) for a meal filled with unexpected surprises!
Singapore’s first authentic Italian halal restaurant, Kucina is helmed by Chef Gero, who’s had 25 years of experience in Italian cooking in prestigious restaurants like Da Paolo and the Garibaldi Group. After becoming a Muslim revert, he was inspired to open his own restaurant that catered to the Muslim community without compromising the authenticity of Italian food, leading to the birth of Kucina.
Their signature Tortellini Di Manzo (S$23.90) is an Italian take on the beloved wanton. Handmade daily, the thickness of the pasta dough was just right, providing the dish with a satisfying and delightful bite.
Unique to Kucina, the Funghi E Tartufo (S$27.90) is a boat-like pizza filled with the richness of mozzarella and the nuttiness of mushroom sauce with black truffle pate. To eat this dish, simply tear the pizza dough around its sides and dip it into the creamy centre!
Melding ‘traditional Italian heritage with distinct Meditteranean influences’, Cicheti is a rustic-chic trattoria tucked in the backstreet of Kampong Glam. Spearheaded by an all-local kitchen team, the eatery offers an Italian fest earmarked by regional specialities.
Start your meal with Cicheti’s Melanzane (S$16++), an appetiser prepared using whole eggplants. Seasoned with an anchovy and garlic dip from Piedmont, this dish has a salty-savoury butteriness that sits lightly on your palate, getting you all ready for the other mouthwatering dishes to come.
As a delectable reminder to get your basics right, the Margherita Pizza (S$19) does their huge wood fire oven justice with a smoky, crisp crust and a chewy dough. The tomato and cheese sits well on a thin base, presenting savoury and tangy tastes. Also, the basil leaf is baked into the pizza, covering its bitterness so non-basil fans have nary to worry about.
Beyond their signature wood-fired pizzas, the eatery’s handmade pasta also promises a delectable experience. Smothered with tomato sauce cooked with Italian cured meat and pickled peppers, the Casarecce (S$24++) will surely satisfy pasta lovers with its rich and savoury flavours.
Comforting and heart-warming dishes aside, Cicheti’s cosy ambience also makes it an ideal destination of intimate catch-up or a romantic date night!
For those who enjoy timeless Italian classics, Prego is definitely a must-visit. Located within Fairmont Singapore, the establishment’s mod-industrial style interior and “Gatsby-esque” island bar create a space that is timelessly elegant.
With a selection of more than 10 pizzas in the menu, you will be spoilt for choice just deciding on which flavour to get. Meat-lovers will delight in the Rustica (S$36) which is laden with homemade Italian sausages and pepperoni. If you are in for a creamy option, then try the Prego (S$38) for a rich and cheesy slice generously topped with ham, sun-dried tomatoes, and wild mushrooms.
To go with your Happy Hour beverage that happens daily from 12pm to 6pm, you can choose from any of their six of their sharing platters (S$45 to S$65 per board) for a variety of cured meats. Alternatively, feel free to personalise your selection for the ultimate enjoyment to go with your wines or other alcoholic beverages!
Nestled in the residential enclave of Binjai Park, LINO is a contemporary restaurant specialising in homely Italian dishes for the entire family.
LINO’s menu boasts a repertoire of hearty and soulful classics such as the LINO signature Burrata Pizza (S$26). Having been proofed for 48 hours, the pizza dough is light and airy. Adorned with zingy slow-roasted cherry tomato and passata finished with a ball of burrata cheese topped with basil pesto, this pizza is the epitome of Italian flavours done right.
Another dish that will leave you feeling hale and hearty is the Ossobuco Di Agnello (S$31), a braised lamb shank served in a cast-iron dish. Though slightly gamey, the lamb’s full-bodied flavour is substantial and comforting—an ideal dish to savour on a cold rainy day.
Tiramisu (S$12) aside, LINO also serves toothsome Profiteroles (S$12) that is sure to excite. Sandwiched between choux pastry are scoops of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce. Deceptively light and chocolatey, these profiteroles are so addictive you won’t be able to stop at one!
Began as a modest, casual Italian-style trattoria in 1989, the Da Paolo brand has since been serving diners with an array of modest, casual Italian fare.
Da Paolo Dempsey however, offers a modern twist to the traditional Italian cuisine with a live pasta making counter, Italian wood-fire oven for hand-stretched pizza alongside an extensive beverage menu.
From fresh hand-made pasta to Da Paolo’s signature Tiramisu (S$14), Da Paolo Dempsey is sure to delight you with their mouth-watering dishes at friendly and affordable prices!
Located along Robertson Quay, the tranquil riverfront view gives Bella Pasta one of the best settings for an incredible dining experience.
Bella Pasta is the sister restaurant of famous pizzeria, Bella Pizza. Established in 2010, Bella Pasta serves authentic Italian pasta dishes to diners as they enjoy a picturesque view of the Singapore River.
The Frutti di Mare Linguine (S$26) is loaded with fresh seafood and just the right amount of roasted garlic. Each strand of linguine is coated in the perfect amount of olive oil, making it an absolute treat!
The Scamorza Affumicata Con Prosciutto (S$21)is a delicious change of pace from the usual burrata salad—it’s light, meaty and very appetising.
True cheese fans know that there are only three top cheese-producing countries, and Italy is one of them. Step into Latteria Mozzarella Bar in Duxton Hill, and you won’t have to leave Singapore to enjoy a little slice of Southern Italy.
Specialising in fresh cheeses as well as traditional Italian cuisine, Latteria Mozzarella Bar offers the largest range of Mozzarella and Burrata in Singapore, all flown in directly from Italy twice a week. Dining at this Italian restaurant gives you a choice of dining on the lush al fresco terrace, or the cosy indoor seating.
Dig into the Burrata Peperonata (S$33), a massive portion of 300g of Burrata from Puglia, served with sweet peppers. Each mouthful is sure to be creamy and crunchy all at once, melting on your tongue.
The lovingly homemade Gnocchi With Porcini & Truffle Cream (S$32) is a good choice for truffle lovers. Earthy truffle, nutty porcini and comforting, soft gnocchi make up this elevated comfort dish.
If you’re a big eater, then you have to go for the Sunday Brunch (S$48++ per pax), a traditional Italian lunch following a sharing-style concept. The menu changes every Sunday, so you’re in for a treat. Shell out S$78++ per person, and make your experience more luxurious with free-flow Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Merlot-Cabernet wines.
If you are looking for a good place to wind down on Friday night after work, Pasta Brava comes highly recommended, though reservations are necessary. The prices are similar to other Italian eateries along the Bukit Timah/Holland/Orchard belt but the quality of the food is probably one of my favourites in Singapore with very reasonable pricing.
The Spaghetti Della Pescatrice (Spaghetti With Seafood In Squid Ink Sauce) (S$24) is probably one of the most well-known items on the menu and definitely a crowd favourite.
The Risotto Al Funghi Porcini (Arborio Rice Cooked With Porcini Mushrooms, White Wine & Parmesan Cheese) (S$24) is another winner for me, with its cheesy base and thick mushroom stock.
Basilico Italian Restaurant in Regent Hotel has long been regarded as one of the people’s favourite Italian restaurants in Singapore, and what adds to their recognition is the constant evolution of their menu.
One of the biggest draws is the Italian Weekday Lunch Buffet (S$65/adult with free-flow Nordaq water, soft drinks & fresh juices, S$105/adult with free-flow prosecco, wines & beers, S$32.50/child) on Mondays to Fridays, from 12pm – 2.30pm. It’s a great hit, and you typically see the restaurant full during weekday lunches.
Highlights of the buffet include Carpaccio With Black Truffle & Parmesan, King Scallop Salad, Beef Medallion With Portobello Mushrooms, Clams In Pinot Grigio Wine and even homemade Italian Gelato!
For dinner, they serve a semi-buffet with mains although the spread is not as good as lunch.
Situated in the upscale and serene Greenwood neighbourhood that’s accessible only by car, La Braceria Pizza & Grill features authentic Italian cuisine from the Southern Amalfi coast.
The restaurant is owned by Chef Fabio Iannone and managed by his younger brother Adriano Iannone and their business partner, Chef Mauro. The al dente Angel Hair Pasta With Italian Chili sauce (S$26) is something to look out for, as recommended by the chef.
Head Chef Joon informed us of his stringent requirements for La Strada Ristorante to use only the finest ingredients. Pretty reasonably priced with simplicity yet finesse in execution, this is what makes La Strada worth a visit.
Stepping through the vintage green-painted doors takes you into a humble interior furnished much like a home, with low-hanging dining spotlights on wood tables and striped upholstery. A dainty chalkboard announcing the daily chef’s specials lies among the throng of photo frames on fresh mustard walls.
Try the Homemade Egg Pasta (S$18++) which is lightly peppered with grey mullet essence. It has a simple springy texture that’s oh-so-delectable. The King Crab Risotto (S$80++) is a more premium item that’s filled with oceanic flavours and truffles—it’ll be a hit with seafood lovers.
Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria is a small outfit with bric-a-brac on its brick mantle and seashell-ridged sand-white walls. You can expect to receive the full attention of Italian owner Fabrizio and his dedicated team while mellow classical Italian music plays in the background.
One of the must-try dishes is the Salsiccia Alla Calabrese (S$28). These homemade pork sausages are cooked with herbs like paprika, giving each wholesome bite a fragrant and mildly spicy, zesty kick that is undeniably delicious. It’s very meaty with heavy porkiness and I’d definitely recommend it for meat lovers.
Another unique dish is the Sicilian-Style Gelato (S$6) that is dressed in extra virgin olive oil and pepper—talk about intriguing flavours!
Cacio e Pepe translates to ‘cheese and pepper’ in Italian, which are two ingredients that typically go well together. Hidden away in the quiet suburban Bukit Batok area, Cacio e Pepe strives to create a relaxed yet authentic Italian dining experience. The modest restaurant can seat 50 people and you can even host group events there.
The luscious Tagliatelle al Tartufo (S$24) is a homemade pasta covered in truffle cream sauce with scallops and prawns. Chef specials are also often available, with off-menu new dishes popping up now and then.
Ristorante Pietrasanta is a family business in Fusionopolis that’s run by two Italian brothers, and it’s inspired by the quaint simplicity of the town of Pietrasanta in Tuscany, Italy. Focusing on an authentic Tuscan dining experience, you can expect fresh and delicious Italian fare, complemented by a great glass of wine.
The rustic homely interior is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy homely Italian cooking by Chef Loris. And the Pappadelle Con Ragu Chiantigiano (S$20.90++) is a good example of the excellent food here. It comes with handmade, al dente pappardelle and slow-cooked Chianti bolognese sauce.
Al Forno East Coast was set up in 1995, and was purportedly the first Italian restaurant to start importing fresh ingredients like tomatoes and cheese directly from Italy.
The restaurant name comes from ‘Al Forno’ dishes, referring to food that is baked in an oven, which commonly includes Italian favourites like pizzas, bread, and pasta dishes.
You can tell that their Neapolitan pizzas and bread are one of the highlights here, being baked in a traditional wood-fired oven with undivided attention.
Enjoy a warm dinner with the festive atmosphere of Napoli, created authentically by Al Forno’s Italian owners. Food is prepared from scratch, so waiting time might be a little long. Al Forno even does deliveries!
You wouldn’t think to find one of the best Italian joints nestled within the homely estate of Jalan Kelulut. Only a couple of minutes away from Jalan Kayu, Pietro Ristorante Italiano serves piping hot pizzas, a plethora of pasta options, and definitely, one of the most impressive fried calamari we’ve ever tasted.
Their Spaghetti Aglio Olio Frutti di Mare (S$21.90) is served with a mountain of seafood such as squid, prawns, clams, and mussels, drenched in aromatic garlic and white wine sauce. It’s slightly wetter than your usual aglio olio, but it’s simply to-die-for.
Don’t forget to sweeten the meal with Tiramisu Classico (S$13.90)—you won’t regret sneaking this lil’ treat into your diet.
The friendly Italian chef-owner Anna Borrasi greets guests to ETNA Italian Restaurant with a wide smile, offering an Italian dining experience with a highly personal touch. It is no wonder the restaurant is actually an abbreviation for “Every Table Needs Attention”. Service is really one of the most outstanding aspects of ETNA, in addition to the amazing Italian cuisine.
ETNA is one of the 20 authentic Italian restaurants in Singapore proudly awarded the Ospitalita Italiana Gold Seal Award, which guarantees each customer high quality authentic Italian food.
In the cosy space that’s decorated with unique Italian trinkets, ETNA serves up pleasant contemporary Italian cuisine with a Sicilian touch in a semi-fine dining setting.
The dishes at ETNA command centre-stage with its explosion of colours and tastes, using only the finest authentic products imported from Italy.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar is one of Singapore’s most popular fine-dining Italian restaurants. Modern and elegant, Garibaldi brings a hip and contemporary touch to Italian dining and distinguishes itself with amazing service standards.
Classic European fine-dining mandates a drink at the front bar first before entering the dining hall for a proper meal. Garibaldi even serves a small welcome alcoholic beverage as a nice gesture to guests. Also, the extensive wine menu is mind-blowing.
The enticing menu emphasises authentic Italian cuisine prepared with the utmost care and the best ingredients, which are mainly imported directly from Italy. The main dining hall’s tables can be a bit too close together though, with some moments bordering on eavesdropping.
Located in Newton, contemporary Italian restaurant Buona Terra lets you pick your own dishes to create a unique set menu.
For dinner, choose from 3-Course + 1 Dessert (S$148) or 4-Course + 1 Dessert (S$178). If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, the Six-course Degustation menu is also available for S$198, and you can even add on a wine pairing from S$118 per person.
We weren’t disappointed by the food, though I wonder if the smaller course set meal can fill larger appetites. Nevertheless, Buona Terra appears to be perfect for quiet fine dining with personalised wine service to rival any other establishment.
An authentic Italian family operation run by Chef Osvaldo Forlino, it seems like the whole Forlino family is working here at No Menu Restaurant—including his sister, daughter, niece, nephew and occasionally even his mother.
And yes, Chef Osvaldo first made his name in Singapore at the Forlino (mentioned earlier in this article) before venturing out on his own.
Expect traditional, rustic Italian cooking—but with a little local twist.
As the name suggests, No Menu Restaurant doesn’t have a menu and food selection hinges on recommendations by the floor staff. This can be quite scary, as the antipasti total might be priced astronomically high if you are too open to their recommendations.
Watch the budget and don’t feel too pressured by the well-trained servers into getting more than you can stomach.
Bringing authentic Italian fare from the Amalfi Coast, Chef Fabio Iannone has set up Limoncello Pizza & Grill along the Singapore River for similar effect and romance. The huge al fresco area by the river is definitely a top candidate for a romantic night out.
The Bistecca Grigliata (S$39), a 300g grilled Australian grain-fed ribeye is a great choice for steak lovers, given its size and affordability. The homemade Lasagna (S$19) using his mother’s recipe is also highly raved about and pretty affordable for its hearty portion.
Ristorante Da Valentino is an Italian restaurant in Singapore, started in 2005 and managed by Chef Valentino and his family. Since relocating to The Grand Stand, the restaurant now seats 134 pax with a multitude of private rooms as well as al fresco dining spaces.
Ristorante Da Valentino continues to maintain its Italian ambience and prides itself on serving classic Italian food with Chef Valentino and his family’s touch and creativity. The restaurant also serves seasonal dishes, based on which ingredients are in season.
Valentino imports small quantities of seasonal ingredients directly from Italy, and serves it the day that it arrives in Singapore so that customers can enjoy the freshness of these seasonal dishes.
One of the most well-known and established fine-dining Italian restaurants in Singapore, Ristorante Da Valentino is the place to go for that special occasion if you don’t mind spending some moolah.
La Forketta Gastronomia Italiana is an Italian restaurant housed in a former barrack in Dempsey. The ornate wooden beams and high ceilings have been beautifully restored and successfully integrated with the restaurant’s overall classy cosmopolitan Italian charm.
Managed by an Italian couple, La Forketta is not a new player in the mushrooming Italian dining scene, having been one of the pioneers in the early 90s.
They take pride in their Italian roots with ingredients (down to the flour grain) being sourced from the Mezzogiorno region of Italy. Pizzas and bread like the Messicana (S$35) above are made with organic flour to create a feather-light crust with no preservatives.
If you are looking for a fresh and elegant take on Italian cuisine, look no further.
9 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, #01-09, Singapore 247697
+65 6475 2298
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 1opm
Fri: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 4.30pm & 6pm – 10pm
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A modern twist on the Italian neighbourhood pizzeria, Blue Label Pizza and Wine presents intricate wood detailing, stunning art pieces and supple leather seating that makes for the perfect intimate and cosy date.
Their concise menu of salads and pizzas hold as much character as their 70s and 80s rock playlist, and their rendition of margherita pizza, The Original Famous (S$28), is a prime example.
Go in for a bite and you’ll realise how crisp and chewy the crust is, with a slight touch of char—doing the long ferment dough justice. The melange of tomato and its signature five-cheese blend lends savoury and tangy flavours to this classic. It’s a number that signals high standards of Blue Label, a definite pizzeria you’d want to visit on date nights.Outlets
The result of a marriage between sourdough bread and pizza is Chooby Pizza, minted along Owen Road, presenting Napoli-style sourdough pizzas in a scant menu of six choices. Made with quality Italian ingredients and imbued with a delicious char, these are hand-stretched pizzas done right.
Before you scoff at another truffle-doused item, their Truffle Mushroom (S$17) will remind you of the good of it. The inclusion of bechamel, Parmigiano Reggiano and raw red onions en masse complements the chewy sourdough crust, which will leave you satiated, truffle lover or nay.
Another must-order is their Pulled Pork (S$17), likened to an Asian spin on the classic Hawaiian pizza. With kimchi, pineapple and chutney that provide interesting tastes while the pulled pork takes the lead with smoky savouriness, it’s one that’ll delight the palate.
At the basement of Guoco Tower lies La Mensa, a pasta joint that’s dedicated to the art of Italian carbs. Spelt clear in its words of “Pasta For The People” spilt across its tiled floor, they offer solid and straightforward pasta dishes that beckon subsequent visits.
All talk about pasta isn’t complete without the Carbonara (S$13.50), which is a peak of silky tagliatelle draped in yolk sauce, with guanciale, black pepper and Pecorino thrown deliciously into the mix. Yes, not all carbonaras are created equal, the one here ranks high.
The Polpette (S$12) makes for a fuss-free but delicious side. It’s a dish of meatballs slathered in tangy tomato sauce, with a dollop of whipped ricotta cheese, to be mopped up by two sourdough slices. Simplicity with quality is the theme they have going here, which results in plates of delicious Italian fare.
A cosy, family-run Italian restaurant nestled in the quaint Albert Court, Mangiamo Pizzeria is the place to go for honest Italian cooking that comforts the palate. Its sheltered alfresco dining area makes for a tranquil date spot during the day, and a happy bustle in the evening.
The Capricciosa Pizza (S$15 for 13”) encapsulates the ethos of this pizza joint, a simple but golden trio of mozzarella, tomato and salami that complements the chewy dough to perfection. It’s elevated with a douse of chilli-infused olive oil, which would make every bite even more satisfying.
Else, the Beef Sirloin Steak (S$16) is a juicy cut surrounded by a balanced ratio of salad greens and potato wedges. But rest assured, the succulent, seasoned meat housing an adequate proportion of fat is worth every bit of money you’re paying for.
180 Albert Street, Village Hotel Albert Court, #01-19B, Singapore 189971
+65 8133 8494
Mon to Thu, Sat & Sun: 2pm – 10pm
Fri: 1.30pm – 10pm
Situated on level 43 of the esteemed Ocean Financial Center, Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge is where you should head to for a breathtaking panorama of Singapore’s Marina Bay area and gastronomic nosh in full grandeur.
The exquisite crustacean delight of Scampi (S$32++) is not one to be missed, fished from Mozambique’s waters and grilled with virgin olive oil to medium-rare perfection. It’s a grand showing on a plate, topped with housemade langoustine emulsion to tempt the senses.
Zafferano’s Manzo (S$62++) is what all carnivores are searching for, a handsome striploin cut grilled in a charcoal oven. Its resulting smokiness pairs well with the woodiness of ‘finferli’ mushrooms, all tied together with the astounding black garlic pureé—you’ll definitely want to order this.
At Zafferano’s, it’s always a food first, view second situation, attested to by Chef Andrea’s refreshed menu.
I don’t know how the Les Amis Group does it, but every new concept they gift to Singaporeans is almost a no-fail course to our bellies. LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar is no exception and for those of you who can’t get enough pasta of all shapes and sizes, this is the place to bookmark.
If it’s a terribly balmy day out, the Cold Angel Hair Pasta With Yuzu, Salted Seaweed And Ikura (S$18) will help ease your discomfort. It was bright and zesty, with enough umami to have me wolf this portion (which happens to be a half-portion so that I could stomach more pasta) down in less than three minutes.
Never having tried any version of cacio e pepe (a modern Roman dish, which translates to ‘cheese and pepper’) before, their Mafalde Cacio E Pepe, Fried Egg (S$15) was a novelty to me. The ribbon-like pasta carried a gratifying chew, and was made absolutely moreish with the ample sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
Visually, it was a pedestrian dish, although this could easily be an easy brunch favourite in place of the standard breakfast platter with eggs and sausage. It was the simplicity and straightforwardness of the recipe that truly won me over.
I highly doubt you’ll ever tire of the impeccable fare served here; ever since the original review, I’ve returned several times, and I was still left enamoured each and every time.
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