Italian

Italian

Basil, garlic, and tomato ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
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These little bad boys were a steal at $9 -- no wonder they were on every other table! However I think the dish could be a lot crispier if it delivered a more airy mouthfeel -- the batter was noticeably bready and coarse and the squid was a little chewy, too.

Because I cannot resist creamy pastas, I had to try the Alfredo though I was hesitant about the chicken. I found it quite dry but it might have been due to its journey home because I saw many other in-store reviews which show a copious amount of sauce lurking under the pasta.

Nonetheless, this dish actually impressed me by combining the chewy tagiatelle well with the large shreds of tender roasted chicken. All I can say is it needs salt though.

I'm still dreaming of this beef Ragu pasta -- it was bursting with tangy beefy flavour while remaining light and refreshing. Also, I can't rave enough about the pappardelle, which delivered a firm chewiness as I guzzled this dish.

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Yes the sauce was headily thick and the pork ham and bacon was perfectly cured, but I'm just going to call this mac and cheese because that's how uninspired I was by the flavours.

Maybe my words are betraying my uncultured palate again but I would much rather appreciate a traditional dry carbonara with fresh and authentic ingredients than this insipid dish. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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When they first set the plate on the table, I was put off by the atrocious plating. Thankfully, I was proved wrong when I had my first spoon of the earthy and nutty sauce -- it was simply divine! If the just a morsel of sauce was enough to stun me, imagine my surprise when I bit into the veal ravioli and was greeted with a burst of meaty flavour. Full marks all around.

Look at that display of colours. Almost a perfect replica of the Italian flag ๐Ÿ˜‚ Jokes aside, this was such a simple dish but there's a reason why basil, cheese, and tomato have been such a classic threesome through the centuries. I must give a particular shoutout to the San Marzano tomatoes, which surprised me with a natural sweetness that forever changed the way I look at tomatoes :')

Boy is the saffron strong in this one. The little ear-shaped pasta first shocked me with its al-dente texture but I began to realised how it balanced out the heady spices and cream in the thick sauce.

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Actually not sure if I'd order this again after finding out the price tag but my family members seemed to enjoy this a lot. I'm not a big fan of seafood but I still found myself dipping bread into the sauce for that musky flavour.

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Personally, I only find octopus enticing for its firm texture -- it has to be seasoned with some piquant sauce to make it really stand out. I'll give this a 7 because the octopus was certainly cooked to perfection but the 'Mediterranean sauce' it came with really fell flat.

You can check their daily specials to see what pizza flavours are available for the day -- I got pepperoni, ham & mushrooms, and mortadella when I went.

Call me basic but the pepperoni was actually the one that blew me away with the classic smokiness of the pepperonis and heavy-handed coating of cheese.

Also, don't forget that the pizzas here have a thick and bready crust with a good amount of open-crumb.

It's always the simplest ingredients done well that wow me the most at Italian restaurants. I don't need that lobster pasta or caviar tarts -- this dish is no exception.

I adored this vegetarian combination of fluffy bread and potent truffle! Although I would have appreciated more stuffing, the overall crispy outside and soft insides had me repeatedly coming back for more.

The batter coating the fresh seafood here is light and fluffy but somehow makes it not that crispy. I suppose it's their style but I would have preferred there to be a better balance of both fluffiness and cripsiness!

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