Italian

Italian

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Ah ok so I've hated on their tasteless carbonara at Lino before, but people have been talking about how good their buratta pizza is so I returned to try it.

Indeed, this pizza is quite a delight. Even with the large globule of cheese in the middle, I'd describe it's flavour with one word: clean. The pizza crust is incredibly thin and the tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes are refreshing. The creamy buratta and pesto presents a rich dimension to the pizza without leaving much oiliness in your mouth.

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I've reviewed this place countless times but isn't it #throwbackthursday ? Haha anyway, they don't have 1 for 1s on #burpplebeyond for mains any more (sadly) so I decided to try more dishes.

The calamari was definitely not some rubbery rings from a freezer. These were fried to perfection -- every tentacle was coated in a thin layer of batter, providing some extra crunch to each zesty bite.

We chose salty prosciutto and mild eggplant on top of this pizza and they went together so well! I can never get enough of how you can get this huge pizza and it's light crust for around $20.

This cozy Italian place is tucked away in a residential area in Chu Lin road (Hillview is the nearest MRT station) but don't turn your nose up at its homely location. The food here is quite authentic and the ambience is simple but is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of restaurants in crowded malls. I forgot the prices here but all the dishes and pizza were around $20++ -- decent but a bit pricey for some items.

Carnivore Pizza ๐Ÿ•6/10
This pizza had salami, ham, and homemade pork sausage as its toppings -- lots of spices in the cured meats! I found the crust crisp and airy with a delicious smokey flavour from being freshly baked.

Quattro Formaggi Pizza ๐Ÿ• 6/10
This pizza had mozzarella, taleggio, parmesan, and gorgonzola on it. In addition to its tasty crust, I found this lacking a pungent cheese taste. It tasted a bit... flat and not chewy enough? I think this would suit tastebuds which prefer milder cheeses.

The thick, creamy sauce had hints of truffle in it and went so well with the scallops, prawn, and egg tagiatelle. Truffle and cream is just a match made in heaven.

The potato gnocchi with creamy cheese sauce tasted almost milky. The inside of the gnocchi was chewy but not too doughy, which I preferred. Other than that, this is a bit of a plain dish.

The ingredients within the calzone are simple. But what really sold this dish was when the bursts of tanginess from the accompanying crushed tomato sauce contrasted beautifully with the velvety ricotta inside. Each glorious bite I had of this unassuming bombshell just left me yearning for more.

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Dining at this hidden gem is getting a warm hug from an Italian nonna -- with a view of the Singapore flyer to boot!

At the entrance, I was greeted by the owner, who later warmly explained to us the various bestsellers in the menu and each of their respective ratings. I chose a fennel pizza the owner cheekily called the ladykiller, and a calzone.

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San Salsiccia ($25) ๐Ÿ• 10/10
Let me just say I've been previously scarred by ordering a fennel seed pizza despite not knowing that fennel seeds taste like licorice. Contrarily, this pizza was a BIG HIT. Its light creamy notes of homemade ricotta cheese supported the bits of the sweet Italian sausage and caramelised onion so well, and the crust was light and airy.

The mushroom cream sauce in this one was thick but not too overwhelming. It went great with the chewy homemade tagiatelle. Sadly, the chicken breast was really dry and tough.

Molten Lava chocolate cake ($9.95) ๐Ÿฐ 7/10
The cake was small but crispy at its crust and molten inside. The vanilla gelato was also thick and enjoyable.

Tiramisu ($5.50) ๐Ÿฐ 4/10
I found that there was way too much biscuit here and not enough marscapone cream. The biscuit was quite dry and stale too...

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This was my favourite pizza of the bunch! It combined what I love most about quattro formaggi (the gorgonzola) with salty pepperonis and onions! The blue cheese went surprisingly well with the sharp onions but I just wish there were more pepperonis.

For all the pizzas, the crust is made with a special italian flour that renders the crust fantastically light and crispy. It kind of reminded me of a very thin and fresh naan! There was no issue biting through the crust ends even after it cooled.

Rucola prosciutto ($19.90) ๐Ÿ• 7/10
I like how the prosciutto slices were much thicker than how other Italian restaurants usually slice them, so it gave the pizza a meatier feel. Sadly, the meagre pieces of rocket was placed under the prosciutto which made the leaves a little soggy.

Quattro Formaggi ($17.90) ๐Ÿ• 7/10
You can't really go wrong when you throw cheese on a pizza, and this was no exception. I liked how the interestingly light crust combined with the rich and heavy cheese on top.

This item read "mudpie" but it was mainly kahlua ice cream. Despite its misleading title, the ice cream was thick and rich with a welcome addition of chocolate coffee beans in it.

Overall ยฎ๏ธ: 6/10 -- a pass only because of the pizzas, the great ambience, and service. However, as an Italian restaurant, I'm baffled by how their pasta and ravioli was. I really don't think it's worth the exorbitant prices here.

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A bit underwhelming. The coffee was actually leaking out of the soggy finger biscuits at the bottom -- it was soaked too much liquid. The maracapone was good though.

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