PastAmore Italian Restaurant @ Rochester Mall

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.

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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.

Capriocciosa: Italian food by Japanese

After work I went to meet my mum at Capriocciosa, an Italian restaurant at JCube. It was a rather interesting restaurant as the original chef was a Japanese who went to Italy to study cooking. Back then it was still rare for that occurrence to happen. He went back to Japan and open his Italian restaurant. From there, it became a chain of restaurants.

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The decor was bright and full of contrasting textures.

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Love latte! Probably my favourite type of coffee. The layers are so pretty!

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Huge huge tuna and calamari salad with house dressing. I have a thing for tuna salad. No matter what dressing, it is still good.

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The pepperocini with steamed chicken was similar to aglio olio but more soupy. I would have preferred it to be more spicy.

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The pappardelle (very broad fettuccine) with porcini and eringi mushrooms was fantastic. Never had such a broad pasta before and the pasta was freshly made. Great dish!

Affordable place and great location for lunch and dinner. Will definitely be back for more fresh pasta!

Lunch at Covelli

Last weekend, I had lunch at Covelli, a new Italian place at the basement of Orchard Central. The reviews on hungrygowhere were great and I always have an appetite for Italian food.

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A narcissistic photo of myself. My hair roots are showing though. Going to get my hair done this Wednesday.

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While the eatery may look small from the outside, it stretches lengthwise towards the end of the building, with seats on both sides of the corridor.

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We were bombarded with an array of choices, only to be told by the staff that some were not available as the demand was so good the day before and their supplier did not have enough fresh seafood to offer.

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Bread was served warm but without vinegar or olive oil. Quite a downer for me.

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Next, was the seared tuna salad. It’s different from the usual tuna flakes and the sauce is slightly spicy. Quite an interesting taste.

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The mushroom soup was a delight. Rich and foamy.

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The presentation of the tenderloin was pleasing to the eyes. However, the meat was well-done when my dad requested for medium rare and the cut was a bit small.

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I love my prosciutto argula pizza! The crust was thin, tomato sauce was aromatic and it was oh-so-good.

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This was followed by dessert. Coffee cheesecake for me. A light espresso cheesecake mousse with crumble at the bottom and topped with flakes of dark chocolate.

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My family ordered the hi-tea set. It was cheap, at only $13.90. But the items were nothing to brag about.

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The set also came with two pots of tea. The pots were small but the staff was generous with the refills of hot water.

This is quite a good place for gatherings or meals with your family.