It may be smack dab in the middle of the CBD, but Trattoria Amanda has none of the pomp and circumstance that so many other restaurants in the area flaunt. Instead this authentic trattoria has a family-run feel and offers up a menu of rustic Italian dishes that are sure to be familiar to all. Swing by for one of their enticing set lunches, or pop in after work for some vino or Italian craft beers and tasty homemade pizzas and pastas.
Why you should come here:
Sometimes it’s the simple things that keep you coming back for more. At Trattoria Amanda, chef-owner Salvatore Catalano—previously of La Noce—keeps things easy-going with comfortable wooden interiors, warm and welcoming service and a great selection of classic Italian offerings like pizzas, pastas, salads, grilled meats and fish. This is the type of place where you can really settle in for a while whether you’re dining solo, on a date or having dinner with friends.
What we love:
We went for a weekday lunch, so didn’t eat a crazy amount, but we had enough to know that the food is simply superb and that we’ll definitely be back. Plus, it’s always nice to be greeted by the owner of a dining venue, especially when he or she is as friendly and hospitable as Chef Salvatore was.
On Chef Salvatore’s recommendation, we tried the Classic Italian Bruschetta ($14) to start, which came with vibrant tomatoes seasoned with basil and served on crusty bread. For mains we opted for the Linguini Vongole Salsa di Vino Blanco ($28) with clams cooked perfectly in a white wine sauce and the Ravioli Formaggi ($36) with a rich, creamy blend of burrata, mascarpone and radicchio cheeses.
The set lunches are decent value at $28++ for an antipasti selection, a main and dessert including coffee or tea. If you’re planning on coming by in the evening, head to the trattoria between 5pm and 8pm everyday for specials on aperitivos before your meal.
An appetizer and a main will set you back about $40++ to $50++ not including drinks.
14 Stanley Street
Tel: +65 6222 5808
Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 3pm, 5pm - 12am
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