I have been recommended this place by a friend who lives nearby, as he told me it's his usual place he goes for pizza. I decided to give it a try with my girlfriend, as we where strolling one evening in nearby Orchard Road.
The place, at sunset, looked very cozy. it sits on the corner of Mackenzie and Niven road and is surrounded by low awnings and plants to shield diners from passing cars and pedestrian traffic. They made quite a good job, as, even keeping it as an open concept, once inside, you kind of forget being in Singapore and feels like on a hill in Southern Italy...
As it seems the place became quite popular for their wood-fired pizza oven, with pizza we started. We stayed with the classic: Calzone and Quattro Formaggi (four cheeses). Not being a big fan of Calzone (wrapped-up pizza), I admit this one was just perfectly baked: crunchy and soft at the right point with its filling juicy and tasty. The cheeses of the pizza were very yummy: savory and melted at the right point.
We all know that with pizza, besides a particular recipe for the dough, timing is everything. I believe their pizza-chef has been with them for quite a while, as he seems to have mastered the art very well.
The surprise, however, came with the other dishes! Being starving the whole day, both of us wanted more (much more...) food...! So, we ordered two pasta: Aglio e Olio and Carbonara. Usually, pizza places are not that good in other traditional Italian dishes, so I was a bit suspicious at first. But, just from the way the spaghetti looked, I could already tell they were made the true Italian way: both with very strong, genuine, flavors: Carbonara not creamy (such a common mistake in Singapore...) and savory just the right amount; while the Aglio e Olio was the optimum compromise between the kick of the garlic and the spicy of the chili pepper. Both pasta, perfectly Al Dente. A bit hard for my girlfriend's opinion, but I believe this is the way Italians have them...
Wine selection is a bit small, but very affordable and of a respectful quality. We had a bottle of Pinot Grigio for just $59.
Last, but not least, we tried a Torta al Cioccolato. a warm, fondent-like chocolate cake, served with a home made vanilla gelato on the side. Once again, very well made: soft and warm (but not too hot) inside and with a crunchy top.
In all, we have been very happy with the experience: cozy little place, genuine food, cheerful service and one of the few places where you can indulge in much more than a pizza for affordable prices.
The Menu is fairly extensive, so we will surely go back to try other dishes...
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