My mum found a hidden gem at Rochester Mall! She loves Italian food and her love deepened after her recent trip to Italy. Hence, she was very happy when she came across PastAmore accidentally.
The restaurant is tucked into a corner at the far side of the mall, right beside Starbucks and diagonally from Pies & Coffee. Honestly, I would not have thought that there would be anything there! That would also explain why the restaurant was pretty quiet.
You can choose from both indoor and al fresco seating. It is actually rather romantic to dine outside during the night as the area is quite breezy and cooling. I really enjoyed the ambiance here.
Bruschetta Al Pomodoro ($9.80). Toasted bread with fresh tomato cubes, basil, olive oil and garlic. Not the best bruschetta we have had but it was not that bad either.
Grigliata Mista Di Pesce ($33.50). Grilled salmon, dory, squid and prawns, with mix salad. My sis found the dory salty and sent it back. She then got a double portion in return! How awesome is that?
Bistecca Fiorentina ($88), 750gm grilled porterhouse Angus beef, good for two persons. I think a good portion of the weight went to the bone. Definitely not my choice cut, as I prefer ribeye, tenderloin or fillet. However, the parts next to the bone were very flavourful and tender. The steak also came with a side salad.
For dessert we had Tiramisu ($11.50), which was just alright. Presentation was not much as well, seeing that it broke apart before it even reached the table.
That said, the service here is tip top. The staff was ready with recommendations and quick to call. In addition, I like the calm and absence of noise.
PastAmore Italian Restaurant
39 Rochester Drive
Tel: 6684 8414
Monday to Friday 1100-1500hrs and 1800-2300hrs
Saturday & Sunday 1100-1500hrs and 1700-2300hrs