Singapore has no shortage of Italian eateries, but if you’re anything like us, you’re probably after something a bit more authentic than a run-of-the-mill pizza and pasta chain. Over the years we’ve sampled Italian restaurants all over the city, and there are a few we keep going back to time and again for their buzzy vibes and belissimo food. If you’re looking for a solid Italian spread, here’re some of our favourite spots serving up delicious antipasti, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, succulent seafood, and grilled meats, plus hard-to-find Italian aperitifs and wines.
Located in a historic shophouse on Hong Kong Street, Amò is a cool Italian concept brought to us by Beppe De Vito and the ilLido Group. Grab a seat at the bar for a chilled cocktail, then move to one of the tables facing the open kitchen or head to the outdoor courtyard for a family-style feast of shared plates. We love the crispy calamari with sumac and sundried tomato aioli, the butter roasted spring chicken, and the signature pizza topped with friarielli, pancetta, pumpkin, and smoked mozzarella.
Amò, 33 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672. p. +65 6723 7733. Open daily 12pm - 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
With a seductive setting in a vintage colonial house, a regularly rotating menu that makes use of the very best seasonal ingredients (think sea urchin, truffles, and caviar), and a sommelier on hand to guide you through a wine list of over 200 labels, Buona Terra is the perfect spot for a decadent date night or a sophisticated lunch. Chef Denis Lucchi hails from Lombardy and puts a modern spin on his traditional Italian dishes, which he serves up in your choice of four, five, or six-course menus.
Buona Terra, 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224. p. +65 6733 0209. Open Mon - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm, Mon - Sat 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Tucked away in Kampong Glam, Cicheti is a fun Italian haunt named after the small plates that are served in Venice’s wine bars. This is a great place to gather with a group of friends and indulge in light bites like grilled octopus, panzanella, and salumi along with a bottle or three of good wine. And if you want a full-on meal, it also serves more robust dishes like fresh pasta and insanely good pizza cooked in an authentic Italian wood-fired oven.
Cicheti, 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901. p. +65 6292 5012. Open Mon - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm, Sat 6pm - 10:30pm
An entire restaurant dedicated to cheese, wine, and good times? Bring. It. On. Created by Luca Iannone, D.O.P. is a mozzarella bar and restaurant that showcases amazing Italian products like mozzarella di bufala Campana and Parma ham in the delish cheese and meat platters, pizzas, pasta, and risottos. The atmosphere is relaxed, which makes it easy to settle in for a while. They also have an enticing retail section where you can pick up Italian goods to take home.
D.O.P., 60 Robertson Quay #01-04A, The Quayside, Singapore 238252. p. +65 6908 0830. Open Mon - Fri 5pm - 11pm, Sat, Sun & PH 12pm - 11pm
iO Italian Osteria
It may be a little further out of town, but iO Italian Osteria is worth the trek for its wonderfully homey vibe and authentic Italian dishes made entirely from scratch. Pull up a stool at the bar to watch the chefs in action in the open-concept kitchen or settle at one of the whitewashed wooden tables and dig into rustic creations like the Roman style schiacciata flatbread, crispy stuffed and fried olives, and baked risotto bolognese.
iO Italian Osteria, 4 Hillview Rise #02-01, HillV2, Singapore 667979. p. +65 6710 7150. Open daily from 10am - 10pm
Tucked away in Bukit Timah, 40-seater La Braceria has an easy-going ambiance and cosy interior that makes it ideal for a leisurely weekend lunch or a relaxed date early in the week. Their menu is pretty comprehensive with plates to suit all palates including the gorgeous burrata cheese with Parma ham and cherry tomatoes, Neapolitan-style pizzas with simple, yet elegant toppings, and decadent grills like the pan-seared tenderloin with foie gras and fresh black truffles.
La Braceria, 5 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289501. p. +65 6465 5918. Open daily 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Limoncello is one of our favourite spots to dine at the bar because the roomy L-shaped bar sits just steps from their wooden patio overlooking the Singapore River. Even better, chef-owner Fabio Iannone has created a divine menu that draws inspiration from the Amalfi Coast, so you’ll find tons of great seafood dishes like clams steamed in white wine, and pan-fried snapper in lemon butter. Not a fan of fish? It also has stellar salads, thin-crust pizzas, and steaks.
Limoncello, 95 Robertson Quay #01-19/20, Rivergate Condominium, Singapore 238256. p. +65 6634 5117. Open Tues - Sun 12pm - 2:30pm, daily 6pm - 12:30pm
OSO Ristorante has long been a darling of the Singapore dining scene, and now even more so since it moved to its lofty location atop Oasia Hotel Downtown. Situated between the hotel’s two pools, the restaurant boasts plenty of quiet corners for intimate dining, as well as a chill bar that’s perfect for solo or two-person meals. The menu still features many of the classics we know and love, like the tartufo risotto and lobster fettuccine, as well as contemporary creations like the spicy angel hair pasta with crab meat.
OSO Ristorante, 100 Peck Seah Street, Oasia Hotel Downtown, Level 27, Singapore 079333. p. +65 6327 8378. Open daily 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 12am.
If you’re looking to impress with a high-end Italian meal – whether it’s for a first date or a formal CBD business lunch – OTTO Ristorante is the way to go. This sleek, Michelin-starred spot serves up expertly executed Italian dishes like suckling pig, ossobuco, and handmade pastas that are tossed, topped, or stuffed with premium seasonal ingredients like roasted duck, Boston lobster, and black truffles. The all-Italian wine list is also worth spending some time perusing as they have some excellent vintages on offer.
OTTO Ristorante, 32 Maxwell Road #01-02/03, Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115. p. +65 6227 6819. Open Mon - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm.
Ristorante Pietrasanta’s chef-owner brothers, Giuseppe and Loris, have brought a little piece of their Italian hometown of Pietrasanta to Singapore, and Italians and Italian food lovers couldn’t be happier. Everything about Ristorante Pietrasanta is welcoming from the peaceful location on a leafy lane to the rustic wood interiors, the affable and accommodating service, and the comforting Tuscan-style dishes that don’t skimp on portion control nor flavour.
Ristorante Pietrasanta, 5B Portsdown Road #01-03, Singapore 139311. p. +65 6479 9521. Open Mon - Fri 11:45am - 2:30pm, 5:45pm - 10:30pm, Sat - Sun 11:45am - 2:45pm, 5:45pm - 10:30pm
It’s pretty much always busy at this popular pizzeria by Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali, a testament to just how good the food is here. Expect excellent salads like Nancy’s namesake chopped creation with radicchio, cherry tomatoes, salame, aged provolone, ceci, and pepperoncini, as well as to-die-for pizzas with interesting toppings like crab and chilli padi. This is a great choice for pre- or post-theatre eats or an easy-going Sunday meal.
Pizzeria Mozza, 2 Bayfront Avenue Suite B1-42-46, Singapore 248780. p. +65 6688 8522. Open daily 12pm - 11pm
If you’re craving Italian in the CBD, you can’t go wrong with Trattoria Amanda. The space has an intimate family-run feel, the staff go out of their way to give you a warm welcome, and the menu is made up of rustic Italian comfort food dishes. Defo try the tonnarelli with squid ink sauce and the Parma rucola pizza. They also do great set lunches during the week that include antipasti, a main and a dessert for just $28++, and have happy hours between 5pm and 8pm with specials on aperitifs.
Trattoria Amanda, 14 Stanley Street, Singapore 068733. p. +65 6222 5808. Open Mon - Sat 11:30am - 3pm, 5:30pm - 12am