Craving for pizza, pasta, gelato, or tiramisu? Worry not as we present the best Italian restaurants in Singapore.
TOP 1 Forlino
One of the top Italian fine dining restaurants in Singapore, Forlino has won multiple awards with its contemporary Italian dishes. Helmed by Chef Matteo Ponti, only the best ingredients are sourced from overseas, and their natural flavours are allowed to shine in the exquisite dishes that are beautifully plated. The attention to detail and superb service is also worth mentioning.
Dig into Sicilian red prawns, sea urchin and pasta served in whole wheels of cheese. Apart from seafood, enjoy the freshest produce from the land in the variety of antipasti and cold dishes. The full glass window of the restaurant on level 2 of One Fullerton gives you a breathtaking view of the Marina Bay Sands.
Address: 1 Fullerton Road, #02-06 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
TOP 2 Garibaldi
Purvis Street is chock full of eateries, but Garibaldi is definitely worth stepping into. With an elegant interior, top-notched food and amazing service, it is one of Singapore’s most popular fine dining Italian restaurants. It was awarded one Michelin Star in 2017. The hospitality is such that guests are served a small alcoholic beverage as a welcome gesture.
Chef Roberto Galetti upholds the standard of the food by emphasizing on authenticity and using only the best ingredients imported mainly from Italy. Much thought has also been given to curate an extensive wine and cocktail list. Signature dishes include tuna tartare with burrata, garlic anchovy sauce and fresh Carelian caviar, ossobuco, costoletta alla Milanese and tiramisu.
Address: 36 Purvis St, Singapore 188613
TOP 3 Guccio Ristorante
Hidden among the shophouses in Telok Ayer is a posh 40-seater Italian restaurant that has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand. Guccio Ristorante is named after its Executive Chef Marco Guccio. It is a quintessential Italian restaurant where almost everything is sourced from Italy, which includes even the floors, furniture and tableware, on top of the food ingredients and the authenticity of the method of cooking.
Chef Marco’s cuisine is influenced by the Mediterranean and seafood-centric cooking of the southern regions of Sicily and Calabria where his grandmother lived. The signature dishes feature Italian seafood such as raw Sicilian red prawns and Sardinian octopus paired with seasonal greens to create a perfect complement. There are also rarer dishes such as the Mediterranean monkfish which Chef Marco is intent on introducing to the Singapore market. The menu changes at least four times a year, so come back from time to time to try the creative dishes whipped up using the freshest ingredients of the season!
Address: 20 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069256
Mon – Fri: 11:30 – 15:00
Sat: 17:30 – 23:00
Closed on Sunday
TOP 4 Braci
Braci means “ember” in Italian, which pays tribute to the main cooking method at the restaurant – the Josper oven and the shichirin grill. Signature dishes include mayura wagyu, risotto, hand-dived scallops and roasted pigeon. The atmosphere is very personable as chefs would explain the food to guests. Braci has earned itself the coveted Michelin Star for 3 consecutive years (2017 – 2019).
It is located on the top two floors of a restored heritage shophouse at Boat Quay, which makes it a perfect location to feast on good food, have a drink at the rooftop bar and admire the scenery along the Singapore River.
Address: 52 Boat Quay, #05-01/ #06-01, Singapore 049841
Tuesday-Friday 12pm-2:00pm & 5pm-12:00am
Saturday & Monday 5pm-12am
Closed on Sunday
TOP 5 Amo
Located at Clarke Quay amidst rows of shophouses and bars, Amò stands out with its industrial-themed interior and bright lights. But what stands out even more is its antipasti, true artisan pastas, homemade pizzas and large mains. Amò’s pizzas are made with natural leaven, semolina and extra virgin olive oil. They are then fermented and baked in wood-fired ovens which gives the dough blistered edges and a satisfying mouthfeel. The toppings are no less impressive with unique heavenly combinations such as mushrooms, truffle, mascarpone and Tuscan pecorino, and friarielli, pancetta, pumpkin and smoked mozzarella.
The pastas made fresh with eggs and semolina are also stars of the show, with the spaghetti with Boston lobster appearing on almost every table. Wine lovers would be mesmerised by the extensive all-Italian wine list at the bar counter.
Address: 33 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672
Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 11pm
TOP 6 Basilico
At Basilico at Regent Hotel, you can order your Italian meal in either buffet or ala carte style. The array of signature dishes and myriad of antipasti, mains and desserts proved to be irresistible as diners crowd the restaurant for every time slot, including the weekday lunch period. Pamper yourself with fresh seasonal ingredients from Italy, all the antipasti you ever wanted, Basilico’s famous cheese room that has fresh, semi-aged and even house-infused Italian cheeses, desserts and wine. The game is levelled up for Sunday brunch where there’s a pizza counter, chilled seafood bar and pasta that’s freshly cooked on the spot.
There’s no better place to have an Italian feast!
Address: 1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Hotel level 2, Singapore 249715
Monday-Friday 6:30am-10am, 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 6:30am-10am, 12:00pm-3pm, 6:30pm-10:00pm
TOP 7 Publico Ristorante
Nestled in the new Intercontinental Singapore at Robertson Quay, Publico Ristorante has accumulated several awards for its interior design, chef and food. With granite floors in geometric patterns, indoor plants and furniture that create a homely feel and full-length windows that open out to the riverside terrace, it is not hard to imagine that you’re dining in one of the restaurants by the riverside in Italy.
The food is equally awesome, if not more. Instead of the usual bread, you will be greeted with pieces of pizza bianca seasoned with herbs and sea salt which are delicious to taste and delightful to bite. Must tries include the calamari, cauliflower fritti, arancini, Florentina-style T-bone steak, pizza tartufata and risotto.
Address: 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
Mon – Thu: 5pm – 11pm
Fri: 5pm – 12am
Sat: 12pm – 12am
Sun: 11am – 10.30pm
TOP 8 Buona Terra
Buona Terra is another restaurant you shouldn’t miss when it comes to Italian fine dining in Singapore. Buona Terra means “good earth” in Italian, which points to its dedication in sourcing for the freshest and finest ingredients. The one Michelin-starred restaurant helmed bu Chef Denis Lucchi prides itself on contemporary Italian cuisine made from prized artisanal ingredients cooked using improvised recipes to create more complex and intense flavours. Its location within a black-and-white colonial bungalow only adds on to its novelty.
You can only order the dishes as a set instead of ala carte, but diners who choose the four- and five-course Create-Your-Own-Menu options have the flexibility to select any dish from the menu without having to pay supplementary charges for certain items. As one of the few restaurants in Singapore that offer wine pairing for the entire menu, you can enjoy the luxury of pairing the food with wine recommended by the sommelier. With a collection of over 250 Italian labels including vintages and limited bottles that are rarely available commercially, you can be sure to find the right wine.
Address: 29 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228224
Monday-Friday 12–2:30pm, 6:30–10:30pm
TOP 9 La Braceria
Situated at the serene Greenwood Avenue at Bukit Timah, La Braceria is a hidden gem that serves authentic Italian cuisine from the Southern Amalfi coast. It is known for its pasta dishes which have just the right texture and mouthfeel paired with exquisite ingredients to create a perfect harmony of flavours. Signature dishes include Boston lobster with linguine in Bisque Sauce, Burrata cheese with River Beluga Caviar and Italian Cherry Tomatoes, and the spaghetti with sea urchin and grey mullet bottarga in aglio olio style. Don’t leave out the foie gras al Limoncello and grilled tomahawk wagyu bone-in steak too!
Address: 5 Greendale Ave, Singapore 289501
Tuesday-Sunday 12pm–2:30pm & 6pm–11pm
TOP 10 iO Italian Osteria
Want to savour good Italian food but don’t wish to break the bank? Head down to iO Italian Osteria to enjoy authentic Italian dishes cooked to perfection without the formalities of fine dining. In Italy, an osteria is a place where people gather to have wine and food. iO Italian Osteria seeks to replicate that in Singapore by decorating its interiors with fine antique pieces, beautiful copper and real wood furniture, which creates an ambience reminiscent of a traditional Italian tavern.
The cosy restaurant is headed by well-known Restaurateur & Chef Ms Anna Borrasi. Its open concept kitchen allows you to watch the Italian chefs in action, whipping up dish after dish of fine Italian food put together using the freshest ingredients. Prepare your stomach for the impressive range of Italian street snacks such as porchetta, stuffed schiacciata and suppli. These are so good that you might just forgo the mains. There is also an in-house bakery where you can find breads and pizzas, and house-pour wines are served from draft barrels in carafes, just like how it is served in an actual Osteria. The best part is, all these come at an affordable price.
Address: 4 Hillview Rise, #02-01, Singapore 667979
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