Caruso Ristorante Pizza Bar @ 791 Bukit Timah Road

Joining the row of shophouses along Bukit Timah Road is a quaint Italian restaurant that recently opened barely a month ago. Fondly named after the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso from Naples, Caruso Ristorante Pizza Bar serves up markedly Southern Italian-inspired cuisine as a tribute to the hometowns of both partners behind the business.

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An exciting venture between 28 year old Leonardo Palmisano, who takes charge of matters front of the house and 60 year old Chef Franco Lorello, who offers a wealth of experience from managing 17 restaurants back in Italy, Caruso marks their foray into our local Italian dining scene.

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Wanting to keep the experience as authentic as they can for their customers, Chef Franco believes in only using Italian produce. From the tomatoes to the flour used to make their pastas, to even the olive oil used in the cooking, Caruso imports as much as they can directly from Italy.

Fun fact: The Extra Virgin Olive Oil was made by the olives Chef Franco grew back in the Sicily regions. Diners who wish to purchase these bottles of superior grade olive oil can do so from the counters of Caruso.

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From the Antipasti section:

The Grissini Al Parma was a delightful start with freshly baked breadsticks wrapped in paper-thin prosciutto which were effortlessly flavorful with creamy and salty notes.

A classic summer Italian dish, the Vitello Tonnato $24 featured chilled slices of veal dressed very generously with a thick tuna sauce and capers. While the presentation was elegant and the meat tender, the aftertaste was a tad too intense for me and might take a little getting used to.

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The Calamari Friti $19.50 was a favorite with all of us. Fried to a beautiful crisp, these rings of Calamari were crunchy and chewy with a hint of salt and pepper. Though your calamari will probably not be served the same way as ours, the taste is quality assured.

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Moving to the Mains:

For a healthy choice, the Filetto Di Pesce Alla Napolentana with its drizzle of olive oil and pesto pleased with juicy pops of fresh cherry tomatoes complimenting the sweet flesh of cod fillets.

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Originating from the Southern regions of Italy, the Paccheri Amalfitani $21.50, though the only Vegetarian dish of the day, turned out to be the highlight which impressed us very much. Hollow round tubes cooked perfectly al dente with chunks of eggplant and tomatoes adding balance and a nice bite.

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Served with sweet potato crisps and portobello, the Costatine Di Agnello Al Timo $29.50 greeted us warmly with its tantalizing whiffs of fresh herbs and the smoky flavors of the grilled lamb chops. My only complaint was that the lamb was slightly overdone and the meat a tad too tough.

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Desserts were kept traditional with the ever classic Tiramisu $12.50 served. Unlike the Tiramisu that we are used to in Singapore, this version was kept true to the original recipe with a more intense espresso flavor that was not cloyingly sweet yet still excellent. Locals will find this variation refreshing.

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Another popular Italian dessert, the Panna Cotta Alle Fragole $11.50 was done well with a smooth creamy consistency that gives my current favorite Panna Cotta at Jamie’s Italian a run for its money.

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Overall, I had an extremely pleasant experience dining at Caruso. I thoroughly appreciated the fact that the dishes still had the virtue of authenticity tied to it and I do hope that in time to come, as the kitchen begins to cater more to our local palate, it does not lose its rawness and continue to offer Singaporeans a real taste of what Italian cuisine is all about.

Read more about my 5 Best Italian Restaurants in Singapore here!

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791 Bukit Timah Road
#01-01
Singapore 269764
Tel: +65 64697508

Opening hrs:
Daily: 12pm – 230pm
6pm – 11pm

Singapore

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