Average: 3 (1 vote)

Osvaldo Forlino's latest offering in the CBD specializes in Italian fare such as porcini mushroom ravioli tossed in butter, sage and parmesan ($25) and sea urchin spaghetti with zucchini ($28).

Trattorias have been enjoying a real revival of late, what with the opening of recent additions OTTO Locanda and Trattoria Gallo D’oro being prime examples. Bucking that trend is Amarone (named after the DOCG Italian red wine). It’s a much swankier setup than those home-style eateries.

Located on the ground floor of Capital Tower, Amarone is a sprawling, high-ceilinged space with wine bottle-lined feature pillars, leather seats and pristine white tablecloths—no doubt targeted at the well-dressed, corporate crowd working in the area.

The menu’s thoughtfully organized by land and by sea, each offering a collection of dishes sporting either meat or seafood, with a few vegetarian options thrown in for good measure. One such option is the comforting pumpkin soup ($16), made upscale with shavings of black truffle. You’ll fare well with their rendition of mussels marinara ($22), hard to go wrong with tomatoey, cheese-covered bivalves if you ask us.

Less successful was our veal scallopine ($34), its off-putting texture and appearance saw it left on the plate, while the ricci di mare spaghetti ($28), sea urchin with strips of zucchini and a touch of chili, proved more palatable. Frankly, elegant setting aside (Amarone is best left to the folks who care more about aesthetics and less about the goods), we reckon you’re better off at No Menu, although we have to give them props for their consistently hospitable service.

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Venue Details
Address: Amarone, #01-08 Capital Tower, 168 Robinson Rd., Singapore, Singapore
Phone: 6423-0464
Area: Tanjong Pagar
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: $$
Open since: February, 2012
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9:30pm; Sat 6-9:30pm
Nearest trainTelok Ayer
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