inITALY Bar Ristorante

There’s certainly no lack of Italian food in Singapore and it’s easy to get lost in the fray. This homey Italian restaurant, with its rough stone walls and leather booth seats is a solid option for the neighborhood (though, sadly, not much more than that). The rustic menu is full of simple, comforting dishes elevated by ingredients you can’t find in a home kitchen and everything comes in generous portions. Go straight for the ravioli di ossobuco in gremolata ($32), a simple dish of homemade veal ravioli, saffron sauce, chopped lemon rind, parsley and garlic. It’s hearty, cooked perfectly and bursting with creamy flavors from the well-braised veal jus. The cream burrata cheese ($30/48) with parma ham, heirloom tomatoes and capsicum chutney is also a solid, fuss-free starter option. While the signature orecchiette Barilla ($28) leaves us wishing for a little refinement, it comes with a well-balanced porcini mushroom sauce and crispy parma ham that’s comforting if a bit too filling. Overall, it’s a pretty solid bet when you’re having a pasta craving, with only a few off notes. Service can also be pretty slow (we’ve had to ask multiple times for a bread basket) even when the place isn’t that crowded. Expect simple classics here, but no fireworks. 

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