Swiss Travelogue 3: Ristorante Italia

There’s a wonderful Italian restaurant, Ristorante Italia, hidden in a grove near our apartment in Zurich. We would always walk past it on the way back from the city centre and one would notice the strings of colorful lights along the boundary and the sounds of people eating and chatting.

Switzerland isn’t exactly an affordable destination and an average meal would cost about CHF17 (SGD24). Just an average meal, nothing special or fancy. Even an ala carte burger at Macs costs CHF8 (SGD11). But we decided to splurge on our last night in town.

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We chose to sit outdoors where it was breezy and bright (sun only set at about 9pm). The restaurant had a lively atmosphere. However the down side to sitting outside is that people smoked.

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The menu was in Italian and we had a hard time deciphering. Thank god the waitresses were fluent in English and extremely patient with us. I ordered gnocchi in cream cheese sauce. I’ve never had gnocchi before. It’s a potato pasta and very soft and tasteful. Not too heavy as I expected. I was scrapping every last bite of the sauce.

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As with most Italian restaurants, this one serves bread. We were wondering where the olive oil and vinegar were but after having a bite, we realised both were not necessary. The bread was sprinkled with olive oil and sea salt. Totally yummy!

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My parents and sis had the squid ink pasta with prawns. Usually in Singapore the pasta is cooked in squid ink sauce, but over there, the pasta is made with squid ink and cooked in tomato sauce. The pasta was fresh and absorbed the sauce so much better.

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For dessert we had lemon tartufo which is a type of ice cream and flourless chocolate cake.

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The ice cream was light and refreshing, just a tad sour. Great compliment to the rich chocolate cake which tasted like chocolate fudge brownie in cake form.

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This was really a delightful dining experience. It is a bit pricey but compared to the usual standard of Swiss food, it’s reasonable. The restaurant is located at Zeughausstrasse 61 8004 Zurich. You may visit their website for more details: http://www.ristoranteitalia.ch.

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