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“Excellent Italian In Portsdown Road”
Review of Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta
Ranked #549 of 10,933 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Owned and operated by the Massimini brothers, Giuseppe and Chef Loris, Pietrasanta is an getaway to relax, chill out and enjoy palate-tempting Tuscan-inspired dishes that have drawn followers coming back for more.
Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Excellent Italian In Portsdown Road”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

The food is amazing, and the service exemplary. The wines are a bit overpriced but most (including the house pours) are quite drinkable. We often go here for special occasions or when we have company in town and we need a night away from the other fantastic local cuisine we have in Singapore. One drawback is the availability of parking, but if you take a taxi you're set. Also, reservations are recommended.

Visited December 2012
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
1,105 reviews
880 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,149 helpful votes
“Decent family restaurant, willing but incompetent service”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Judging by the number of customers at different times of visit, and given the inconvenient location, this place is overrated. It must be because it offers decent food at reasonable prices. The menu has all the Italian family classics - nothing fancy or particularly creative; the cooking is adequate, but not great. The servers compensate for their lack of competence with great enthusiasm (eg. recommending starters and second dishes which are remarkably similar to each other, etc). The lamb shank is gigantic and satisfying. At times, the pasta is overcooked.

  • Visited December 2012
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Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Terrible service, food very so so”
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

We tried this place a few times but the level of food and especially the service are much below expectations. The location is nice but remoute. the worth is the owner's attitude he is arrogant and rude.

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Budapest, Hungary
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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“Overall, a great experience”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Location is a bit out there but, to be candid, I appreciated the quiet, wooded feel which is rare in Singapore.

Cozy interior and the staff is well trained and very friendly.

I had a minestrone appetizer which was VERY bland. The main pasta course more than made up for it as the pasta was cooked to perfection and the sausage/mushroom sauce was terrific. The tiramisu for dessert was also excellent as was the house pinot gringo wine, limoncello and espresso.

All in all, in Singapore which has loads of Italian eateries at the top end, but very very few good ones, Pietrasanta is a great experience. I also appreciated the level of friendly attention (rather than merely asking if we wanted more) from the local staff and the well versed, Italian owner

  • Visited October 2012
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Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
268 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Quiet (a bit out of the way) location, reasonable food, but a little pricey”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

If only Tripadvisor would allow 3 1/2 stars! Ate in September. Quiet, slightly difficult to get to restaurant located in the west side of Singapore, near the education/scientific area known as Biopolis. The restaurant is located in a verdant, leafy area redolent of the old colonial heydays of British rule, and you almost forget that you are in one of the most densely populated cities in SE Asia. Arrived on Friday evening and all indoor seats were long gone. Parking was difficult on Friday, having to park on the residential verges. We were greeted on arrival and shown to corner (outside) table. It wasn't particularly hot that night, but you might be troubled by the sound of passing traffic. We tried: antipasta (OK), cheese, black pig belly (nice, but rich), duck legs stewed in red wine and raisins (herby), osso bucco (hmm- OK, but was hoping for more subtle rich flavours), lamb shank (well, what can you say about lamb shank?). Dessert was shared tiramisu (nice!) and lime sorbet (exceedingly sour). Wines were expensive, even by Singapore standards, and the overall meal was slightly expensive for the food we received. Service was friendly and efficient, even though they did forget our second order of bread.

  • Visited September 2012
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