Last Updated: January 13, 2020
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 which still make pretty damn good pasta and pizzas.
In 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 will 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 is an article based on what locals and expats like, which may not necessarily imply authenticity.
After all the burrata, risotto, pasta and tiramisu, here are 20 best Italian restaurants you can find in Singapore.
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.
Bella Pasta: 30 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238251 | Tel: +65 6836 5692 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 11pm (Mon, Wed to Fri), 11.30am – 11.30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays), Closed on Tue | Website
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.
Pasta Brava: 11 Craig Road Singapore 089671 | Tel: + 65 6227 7550 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm (Daily), 6.15pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Wed), 6.15pm – 11pm (Thu to Sun) | Website
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.
Basilico Italian Restaurant: 1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Hotel, Level 2, Singapore 249715 | Tel: +6725 3232 | Opening Hours: 6.30am – 10.30am (Breakfast, Daily), 12pm – 2.30pm (Lunch, Mon to Fri), 12pm – 3pm (Brunch, Sat & Sun), 6.30pm – 10pm (Dinner, Daily)| Website
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.
La Braceria: 5 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289501 | Tel: +65 6465 5918 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon | Website
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.
La Strada: 1 Scotts Road, #01-11, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208 | Tel: +65 6735 6656 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 6.30pm – 11pm (Daily) | Website
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!
Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria: 3 Binjai Park, Singapore 589819 | Tel: +65 6468 4886 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm (Daily) | Website
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.
Cacio e Pepe: 3 Chu Lin Road, Singapore 669890 | Tel: +65 6760 3534 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Website
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 pappadelle 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, breads and pasta dishes.
You can tell that their Neapolitan pizzas and breads 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!
Al Forno East Coast: 400 East Coast Road, Le Peranakan Hotel, Singapore 428996 | Tel: +65 6348 8781 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm & 6.30pm – 10pm (Daily) | Website
For its creative and diverse spread that extends to its litany of displayed awards, Pietro Ristorante impressed me with its fairly affordable yet tasty Italian cuisine. Many of the items including pizza and pasta are also available in a one-for-one deal during lunchtime, luring many office workers to this area despite its location.
Who says Singaporeans can’t do good Italian food? Chef Peter Neo has shown his capability at adapting to the local market with his long years of culinary experience working in classic Italian restaurants.
The brick-oven-baked Quattro Stagioni (S$24) pizza is one of the options for the one-for-one lunch deal. Its specially made crust is designed to be hollow, and thus very crisp and light.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano: 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030 | Tel: +65 6484 5528 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Website
The friendly Italian chef-owner Anna Borrasi greets guests to ETNA Italian Resturant 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 produce imported from Italy.
ETNA Italian Restaurant: 110 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455298 | Tel: + 65 6444 9530 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | 49/50 Duxton Road, Singapore 089513 | Tel: +65 6220 5513 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Website
Forlino at One Fullerton has won multiple awards as one of the top Italian fine dining restaurants in Singapore, with its classic menu as well as seasonal set lunches.
The outstanding view of the Marina Bay Sands is one of the highlights at Forlino. Located on the second floor, Forlino boasts a majestic panoramic view of Marina Bay.
Of course, you can expect delectable contemporary Italian fine-dining cuisine. Utmost attention to detail and customer service is the focus here. The culinary philosophy at Forlino is all about bringing out the best in their ingredients used. Described as a “timeless cuisine”, no effort has been spared in the sourcing of the best ingredients from overseas.
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.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar: 36 Purvis Street, #01-02, Singapore 188613 | Tel: +65 6837 1468 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Website
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.
Buona Terra: 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224 | Tel: +65 6733 0209/+65 9456 3147 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm (Mon to Fri), 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun | Website
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.
No Menu Restaurant: 21/23 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069621 | Tel: +65 6224 0091 | Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm (Daily) | Website
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.
Limoncello Pizza & Grill: 95 Robertson Quay, Rivergate Condominium, #01-19/20, Singapore 238256 | Tel: +65 6634 5117 | Website
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.
Ristorante Da Valentino: 200 Turf Club Rd, The Grand Stand, #01-19, Singapore 287994 | Tel: 6462 0555 | Website
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 breads 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.
La Forketta Gastronomia Italiana (Dempsey Hill): Blk 9 Dempsey Road, #01-09, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697 | Tel: +65 6475 2298 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm (Daily) | Website
Started in 1989, this is where the Da Paolo brand began as a modest, casual Italian-style Trattoria. Serving honest and straight-forward food, Da Paolo has grown to encompass different bistro bars, pizzeria, takeaway outlets and even has a catering arm now.
This is a cosy, small setting that’s suitable for small talk and romantic dating over good food. Try the Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia (S$27), an oceanic, heavy-flavoured squid ink pasta. Alternatively, try the creamy Risotto di Spinaci con Aragosta (S$28) which is well-executed, with lobster bisque and slipper lobster meat.
I also tried Da Paolo Bistro Bar and although the ambience is open and more relaxing, I still largely prefer the original Da Paolo at Club Street which seems to put more attention to detail for the food.
Da Paolo: 80 Club Street, Singapore 069448 | Tel: +65 6224 7081 | Opening Hours: 8am – 9.30pm (Daily) | Website