5 Best Italian Restaurants in Singapore

Italian cuisine has always been a hit with Singaporeans. Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Cheese and Tiramisu. You name it, we love it. Comforting, creamy and pairing off beautifully with a glass of wine, Italian food is hard to resist for both the young and old. But with so many Italian restaurants popping up everyday, where do you know where to go and what to eat there?

In this round up, we share where are some of the best places to enjoy what the different regions of Italy have to offer, here on our little island. Read on for our 5 Best Italian restaurants in Singapore.

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OTTO Locanda

32 Maxwell Road #01-­03 Tel: 6224 0978
Opening hrs:  Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 2pm, Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 10pm
Lunch is not served on weekends. Restaurant is closed on Sundays

Situated barely a stone throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, casual trattoria-­style Italian restaurant- OTTO Locanda fronts the white and regal statuesque building, Maxwell Chambers. Opened by the same people behind fine-dining sister branch- OTTO Ristorante one block down the road, the former instead offers homely Italian fare with the introduction of regional speciality dishes from the different regions of Italy every month in a charmingly rustic space which is both comforting and relaxing.

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Recommended for: Those who work in CBD. OTTO Locanda also offers 3 course set lunches for $32.
Must tries: Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Pappardelle all’ Anatra and Astice alla Griglia

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Zafferano

Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43 10 Collyer Quay Tel: 6509 1488
Opening hrs:  Monday to Friday 11.30am – 3pm, Monday to Saturday 5.30pm – 11.45pm
Restaurant is closed on Sundays

At 240 metres above ground, perched at the top floor of the Ocean Financial Centre in Collyer Quay, contemporary Italian restaurant- Zafferano (Italian for Saffron) joins the likes of KU DÉ TA and Jaan with its gorgeous bird’s eye view of our beautiful city skyline that is absolutely captivating in the night. With nature as its asset and a glowing circular bar lit by a thousand saffron tendrils which takes centre stage in the lounge, Zafferano is primed with great potential. With new Executive Chef Fabio Cucchelli in tow, who brings with him more than two decades of culinary experience across Europe, along with a spanking new menu of traditional Italian signatures, Zafferano is set to impress with its emphasis on natural flavours as it pays tribute to the authentic origins of produce from both North and South Italy.

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Recommended for: Those who enjoy dining with a view
Must tries: Mezzelune con ricotta e spinaci, Ravioli di burrata, Astice alla busara and Cremoso al formaggio fresco

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Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria

3 Binjai Park Tel: 6468 4886
Opening hrs:  Daily 12pm–2.30pm6pm–10.30pm

The brainchild of owner Luca Iannone and chef Michele Cuozzo, who by the way are heavyweights in Italian cuisine, Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria is fast gaining popularity with both locals and the Italian community here in Singapore who show their support by boasting a full headcount of the restaurant even on weekdays. Reservations are a definite must or you may just have to leave disappointed. It is said that good food is spread by word of mouth and Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria is testimony that this statement holds true. The clientele here is made up of mostly regulars, judging from the friendly banter exchanged between the owner, chef and diners. It is a lively atmosphere and almost casual but certainly not sloppy as servers are attentive to your needs and not at all intrusive.

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Recommended for: Those who love a hidden gem
Must tries: Tartufata, Scialatielli di Capri, Torta al limone and Lava Cake

Prego

Fairmont Singapore Level 1 80 Bras Basah Road Tel: 6431 6156
Opening hrs:  Mondays to Saturdays: 6am to 11am, 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Sundays: 12pm to 3pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Back in July, one of Singapore’s longest standing Italian restaurants, Prego at Fairmont Singapore, launched Pranzo Italiano by Chef de Cuisine Antonio Facchinetti who presents a feast of 40 of his favorite dishes, all inspired by his beloved hometown in Milan and travels around the world. Bringing only the most rustic and traditional of Italian dishes to the table,  this semi-buffet allows you to order as many of the 40 dishes as you can. And if that was not tempting enough, tuck into the freshest of seafood, gorgeous Italian antipasti and an array of desserts at your own discretion and pleasure. This Italian gastronomic journey- essentially an ensemble of Chef Antonio’s signatures, made with heartfelt Italian warmth is only available for Sunday brunch

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Recommended for: Those who have an appetite!
Must tries: Roasted Pork Belly with Baked Vegetables, Strozzapreti in Spiced Sausage Tomato Sauce

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Caruso Ristorante Pizza Bar

791 Bukit Timah Road #01-01 Tel: 6469 7508
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm

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. Wanting to keep the experience as authentic as they can for their customers, the kitchen believes in using only 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.

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Recommended for: Those who want a real taste of what Italian cuisine is all about
Must tries: Paccheri Amalfitani, Calamari Friti, Tiramisu

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Where are your favourite Italian dining spots?

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13 Responses to 5 Best Italian Restaurants in Singapore

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    I love Senso at Club Street. Mains are generally very impressive. As for desserts, their molten chocolate lava cake is awesome! You gotta try it!

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  8. Otto to me is so-so only. Zafferano is ok but pricy, I don’t know if I’ll pay to re-visit it. Prego is good, but a tad safe? I honestly haven’t heard of the other two restaurants.

    Trattoria Gallo D’oro is one of the best restaurants I’ve eaten this year, worth considering for the list. InItaly has orgasmic pasta. Casa Tartufo (house of truffles)–can never go wrong with truffles. Mondo Mio is fuss-free. And you forgot Buko Nero, opened for years and still need 2-4 weeks advance reservation. ST gave a glowing review to Oca Grassa but I didn’t hear good things from fellow bloggers. And Osteria Mozza made it to #50 restaurants in Asia.

    Perhaps a top 10 best Italian restaurants?

    • admin says:

      Hmmm have you been to OTTO and Zafferano since they changed exec chefs? Things have improved quite a bit since. Been back about 2-3 times since it was the new chefs and things have always been good. As for Prego, safe means consistent and consistent means good no? I like how Prego doesnt fail to deliver each time :) As for the other 2, you should try them! I think you will like them!

      Thanks for the suggestions btw! Perhaps a longer list is in the works for the near future! Havent seen you in a while btw! Hope you have been well :D

      • Oh no, I haven’t been back since they changed chefs. So many new restaurants, no time to return to restaurants I’ve been before. You’re probably right that they are good then.

        I like Prego but I won’t put it on my top 5 list leh. Top 5 food has to be innovative and Prego is… safe. Maybe it will be in my top 10.

        L’operetta is good too! Japanese chef cooking Italian food.

        I haven’t been going to many tastings this year. Trying to do something different, something I like, and trying to help out small businesses, don’t want to be a PR machine for mega restaurants unless I feel like trying the food.

  9. Thanks for the helpful guide! I’ll be sure to check these out when I have my next Italian food craving. One place that I do keep going back to is No Menu – love the warm and inviting ambiance, friendly service, and the pasta (especially the squid ink spaghetti)!

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