My colleague recently brought us to a new Italian restaurant called Gotti Italiano. It is such a charming place and the food is so good that I really want to share with all my readers.
It’s cosy and elegant with an air of sophistication inside.
The first thing you see when you walk through the door is the long bar counter. Dome-shaped glass shelves displaying the various liquors is illuminated with bright orange light. Sit along the grey marble countertop with a cocktail or pte-dinner drink.
The wall painting at the far end of the restaurant gives the place a touch of contemporary charm.
We were there during lunch so they gave us the Executive Set Lunch Menu at S$32++ per person. You get to choose a starter (antipasti), a main and a dolce (dessert).
In Italian restaurants, the meal always starts with a complimentary bread basket. The breads are still warm to the touch and they taste so good with the balsamic and olive oil.
Zuppa Del Giorno which means soup of the day was Tomato Soup. It was slightly more tangy than I expected and topped with crotons, cheese flakes and a dash of oil to give it more flavour.
You can never go wrong with burrata cheese (which is known as Caprese here) in an Italian restaurant. Honey virgin tomatoes, balsamic, pine nuts and basil pesto accompanies the small lobe of buffalo mozzarella.
Pairing ham and melon is another classic Italian appetiser, otherwise known as Prosciutto E Melone. The ham is supposedly 24-months old but I can’t really tell the difference except it pairs well with the sweet rock melon.
After having Alma by Juan Amador’s Bafun Uni, I have developed a liking for cold seafood desserts. The Hokkaido scallops in Capesante Affettate taste almost like jelly with a delicate sweetness. Pair the scallops with the accompanying salmon ikura, orange pulp and ponzu yuzu for different textures and taste combinations.
You can’t go wrong with a nice Filetto Di Manzo. The grain-fed beef tenderloin is tender and juicy, served with roosted potatoes, Belgium endive, mushroom ragu and beef juz.
What is even better is the Maiale Iberico. These Spanish iberico pork jowl slices are so tender, they literally melt in your mouth. Pair the pork jowl with the accompanying carrot puree, onion chutney and red wine sauce for a different taste in every bite.
I find Gotti Italiano’s dessert menu rather boring. Both Panna Cotta Ciliegia and Creme Brûlée are classic yet common Italian desserts. I wish there were something new.
Gotti Italiano’s classy and contemporary setting makes this place perfect for dates. The Executive Set Lunch is quite a steal at S$32++ for a three-course meal.
Address: 78 Amoy Street, Singapore 069897
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 12am, Closed on Sundays