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Pasta (& his Italiano Friends)

Pasta (& his Italiano Friends)

Featuring Montana Singapore, The BetterField, Pastaria Abate (Tanjong Pagar), Ah Bong's Italian (Tan Quee Lan), Open Farm Community, Ah Bong's Italian (Tiong Bahru), The Wicked Garlic (International Plaza), Chapter 55, Two Bakers (Jalan Besar), Roosevelt's Diner & Bar
Irene Arieputri
Irene Arieputri

We can’t have too many options in Singapore, can we? The woodfire baked dough boasts irregular airy crust and thin base. It comes with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Personally found it rather messy to eat- the ingredients slipped off the dough as it’s just too wet, quite possibly because of the use of fresh cherry tomatoes.

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And the plus point? Hand-made pasta! I picked tagliatelle to go with my carbonara although the waiter suggested the normal pre-packed spaghetti or linguine instead *sorry, I'm a weirdo* He also said that the carbonara came with bacon, and voila - it was guanciale!! Geez, so much surprise for this pasta shop. The carbonara might came with a tad too much "sauce" but every strand was well coated. It's not an easy dish to execute (I've tried so many times at home) so kudos to these guys. I definitely enjoyed my pasta and wiped the plate clean within minutes!

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Sitting atop the rich hummus are chunks of octopus, sous-vide for 6 hours, as well as nduja (spicy pork "sausage"). The octopus chunks were tender though a tad too salty, probably because of the spread of nduja. Like how each element brings different textures and flavours to the whole dish. Finding it a bit pricey for the portion though.

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Burrata pizza is another popular order at LINO. Served in cold temperature, the burrata must be quickly broken and mixed well with the slow roast cherry tomato and basil. While not as addictive as the mixed mushroom pizza, I still like this pizza for its super sweet cherry tomatoes and, of course, burrata.

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Proofed for 48 hours, LINO's pizza dough was somewhere in between doughy and crispy with lots of air pockets, and I was immediately sold! The mixed mushroom pizza was so earthy (talk about the wild mushrooms and truffle cream) and stretchy (thanks to the three types of cheese used: fior di latte, fontina, and taleggio). On my list of must-orders!

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Striving for simplicity, the sea bream is lightly seasoned with sea salt, stuffed with lemon slices to get rid of the fishy taste, and wrapped with napa cabbage. You have the options of sea salt, salsa verde and lemon juice to go with the sea bream. The salsa verde was made from several herbs (one of them is mint!) — something nice and minty, but not up to my alley. Prefer the usual dash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt. Price tag may be rather steep, but not a bad idea for a splurge meal.

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Vegetarian, tomato-based pasta with ricotta cheese on top. Not a big fan of tomato base, so it may not be something that I would order again, but it's still pretty yummy! Like how generous they were with the bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes — a summer dish that you will enjoy if you love tomato-based pasta!

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Served with bufala, the vibrant, colourful beetroots were a lovely starter. Don't particularly like the semi-transparent beets (is it Chioggia?) due to its strong aftertaste. All the beetroots were remarkably sweet, without much sauce. And nothing can go wrong with cheese!

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To find a good bowl of risotto in Singapore is pretty hard, and to have it made from barley, that's kinda rare. The barley gave a nice chewy bite, which I love, doused in rich creamy base. Haven't had such a good plate of risitto for a while!

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Although the homemade pappardelle is not my favourite — a tad too soft and thin for my liking (prefer the handmade one), the dish had a generous amount of porcini mushroom and asparagus. The light cream sauce could do more with some crack peppers and stronger cheese, but other than that, it's a safe dish with a mild taste.

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The loads of mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and rockets were lovely paired with their 24-month aged Parma Ham, cured in house. Not a fan of the chewy, bread-like dough, but the toppings couldn't go wrong. Everyone who has been to Atmastel before claimed the pizza dough was way better before.

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The artisanal cured meats and cheeses sent us straight to seventh heaven. Had the cured meat with some grana padano cheese and a dollop of honey — simply blissful.

In a never-ending quest of culinary delight || @riinns

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