An Italian staple, pasta is an irresistible dish for many, especially when topped with flavourful sauces and hefty amounts of cheese. So twirl up succulent strands at these following Italian restaurants, which arguably boast the best pasta mains around Singapore.
In a dimly-lit shophouse space along Jiak Chuan Road lies Bar Cicheti, whose sister joints include popular pizzeria Cicheti and South Beach’s Cafe Cicheti. So simply take it to Chinatown to enjoy an elegant Italian dining experience with pasta and wine; go straight for the Bucatini Cacio e Pepe that showcases thick, hand-rolled pasta tossed with parmigiano, marjoram and sarawak black pepper, although the adventurous would prefer the Tagliolini Nero that pairs squid ink tagliolini with spanner crab and a spicy Nduja sauce.
Like its sister restaurant Bella Pizza, Bella Pasta is all about wholesome Italian fare. Simply choose from a variety of pasta and risotto dishes, from the simple Penne Pomodoro to the rich Ravioli Ricotta Spinaci. With sharing platters, antipasti and desserts all available on its extensive menu, you’ll never run out of options here.
Tucked away in a quaint community mall in the West, it may seem as if Italian Osteria doesn’t have an extensive pasta menu, but that’s simply not the case. In addition to the lamb ragu and orecchiette available on the regular menu, you’ll be able to pick from a full list of classic pasta dishes, by just checking in with your server. These include Aglio Olio, Cacio e Pepe and more.
So well-known for dishing out mouth-watering pastas handmade daily with eleven different dough recipes, it’s almost mandatory to make a reservation to indulge in the offerings at Keong Saik Road’s Pasta Bar. The Tagliatelle features a 24-hour braised beef ragu and parmigiano, while the Lobster Linguine for 2 will delight couples with a hankering for crustaceans thanks to a 1.5lb Boston lobster swimming among noodles. It’ll be profane to opt for anything other than pasta here, although its menu does showcase a grain-fed angus onglet and summer-inspired salads.
Dedicated Italian restaurant Pasta Brava at Craig Road have been dishing out quality pasta since 1991, and it’s safe to say folks come a-flocking for the Lasagna Tradizionale Con Ragu Di Manzo Scelto thanks to a decadent beef ragout bechamel ladled over layers of thinly-sliced pasta. The Fettuccine Alla Carbonara is also a solid dish choice; picky eaters can even customise their own pasta dish with a noodle and sauce of choice.
With a substantial and hearty pasta menu, what you get at long-standing Pasta Fresca is an authentic Italian experience that makes you feel right at home. The Tortellini Alla Bolognese is a must-try as the little dumplings are coated with a luscious minced beef sauce, and the Cannelloni Ricotta E Spinaci is one of the signature oven baked pasta dishes.
At halal-certified Tipo Pasta Bar, don’t be afraid to go all-in on flavours. ‘Cause the restaurant’s winning combinations include the Salmon Pesto that offers creamy pesto pasta with salmon and sundried tomatoes, while the Mushroom Madness sees a white sauce with a mushroom medley. Feel free to build your own pasta too, sauces such as Alfredo and Garlic & Olive Oil await.
The Shang’s sophisticated Italian restaurant has got one of the most extensive pasta menus around. So those who enjoy a variety of flavours will want to pop by for anything from the classic Rigatoni All’amatriciana to the decadent Tagliatelle al Tartufo e Fegato Grasso comprising truffle button mushrooms and pan seared foie gras. Pizzas are always an option as well; try the four-cheese margherita-based signature, or the Genovese for basil pesto, mozzarella and shrimp.