Having been in Milano a few months back, I miss having Italian food and a good, strong espresso. While looking for Italian restaurants here to fuel my cravings, I stumbled on Positano Risto.
Located in the heart of Kampong Glam at 66 Bussorah Street, this 11-month-old establishment is rated number one on TripAdvisor for Italian, Pizza and Halal restaurants in Singapore. Naturally, I had high hopes for it.
When night falls, the roads will be blocked and outdoor seating will be provided to accommodate the large crowd. I was told there are always performances, such as live music to serenade the crowd.
If you’re looking for a romantic date idea, you can bring your significant other and wow her with the relaxing ambience and soak in all the vibe.
The restaurant is decked with wallpapers of the city of Positano, a cliffside village on southern Italy’s Amalfi coast. There is even a picture of Valentino Rossi, the famous Italian motorcycle racer — I guess everything up on the wall is a representation of Italy.
We were welcomed with two drinks to cool ourselves off after walking in the sun. The first drink was the Godfather (S$13.95). This decadently sinful drink consists of Ferrero Rocher, Nutella and vanilla ice cream blended together and topped off with whipped cream. Being a Nutella fan, I enjoyed this very much and the fact that it very chocolatey without being overly sweet was good.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something refreshing, get the Sky Walker (S$10.95). The drink is made up of wild blueberries, blue lagoon and lemon soda. It would be better if fresh lemon slices were added into it for a more citrusy flavour.
A bruschetta is typically a toasted Italian bread drenched in olive oil and served with garlic or tomatoes. The Bruschetta Alla Funghi (S$7.95) is Positano Risto’s version of toasted bread topped with wild truffled mushrooms.
This is a fabulous starter to begin before your meal as there was an impressive amount of flavour packed into the bite-sized toast. The mushrooms are well seasoned, savoury and somehow reminds me of having chunky mushroom soup.
Pictures don’t do much justice but the Positano’s Signature Boston Lobster Fettuccine (S$58.95) comes huge and almost filled up the table.
Good for two (or more), this generous portion of creamy lobster bisque fettucine is a plate of goodness not for the faint-hearted, simply because you have a whole Boston lobster to yourself.
The menu says it’s best ordered for a truly special occasion, I say scrap that, this can be eaten for any occasion!
The fettuccine soaked up the lobster bisque, which wasn’t too creamy and garnished with herbs, such as tarragon, chervil and parsley.
The lobster came off the shell easily and we were given a lobster cracker to get the treasured meat hidden within the claws. The meat was juicy and the nutty aftertaste came as a surprise to me.
If that is not enough for you, the Positano Super Supreme Calzone (S$28.95 ) might fill you up further. Their version of an open calzone made into pizza is a daring approach to Italian cuisine. It took the team more than 165 tries to get a perfezionare dough and the taste and quality of this clearly speaks for itself.
Nothing beats the intense heat and smoky flavour that comes from a proper oven. Unlike the usual doughy crust, you get little pockets of different fillings, such as blue cheese, mushroom and pastrami. If I were to come back again, I would order this in a heartbeat as it was addictively good!
I have to say we all deserve a good dessert to end a good meal. The Positano Oreo Chocolate Lava Stack (S$12.95) delivers a warm molten dark chocolate lava cake on a slice of homemade Oreo mud pie ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce — I know it’s a mouthful to read all of that, it’s even more of a mouthful to have it all in one bite.
The warm, gooey chocolate flowing out of the cake makes me feel fuzzy and warm all over. The Oreo mud pie ice cream was nicely done without being overly sweet. The balance of sweetness and creaminess made this dessert an easy personal favourite.
The food at Positano Risto brought back wonderful memories of my time in Milan; the dishes were nice and the service is impeccable.
I would love to see a change in the menu over time or something seasonal to keep us on our toes. The only complain I had was that I needed a nap after that full meal!
Expected Damage: S$10 – S$58.95 per pax
Price: $ $
Our Rating: 4.5 / 5
66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479
66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479