Pizza, pasta, risotto, burrata – there’s a lot to love about Italian food. Here’s where to find some of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore
Craving pasta or pizza and in need of a recommendation for good Italian restaurants in Singapore? Here are some of our favourites, from team picks to casual Italian neighbourhood hidden gems to big names on the Italian restaurant scene – whether they stand out for ambience, their al dente pasta and creamy risotto, slow-fermented pizzas or other authentic Italian dishes. There’s only one rule when it comes to dining out on Italian – always save room for Tiramisu. Buon appetito!
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Best Italian restaurants in Singapore
Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse at Raffles Hotel Singapore
Vibrant Italian restaurant Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse at Raffles Hotel Singapore has a new Chef de Cuisine, Natalino Ambra, an Italian native with over 15 years of culinary experience. There’s a refreshed menu showcasing the rich flavours of the Italian Riviera as seen through the lens of Alain Ducasse – think Marinated Amberjack with pomegranate and citrus condiment, pastas like Tagliolini with zucchini and Kristal caviar or Ravioli with buffalo Mozzarella with cherry tomato sauce and Mazara del Vallo red prawns. Woodfired pizzas are a winner here plus there are sharing mains like Grilled Seabream or a 1.2kg Charcoal-grilled Angus Bone-in Ribeye. For dessert, don’t miss the seasonal Cherries with basil ice cream or the signature Baba with limoncello and whipped cream.
We have a style crush on the décor – those iconic floor tiles and striking architecture honour the original historic Raffles Bar & Billiard Room established in 1896. This spot has some history; it’s one of the oldest parts of Raffles Hotel Singapore, and is where the last tiger was said to be shot in Singapore in 1902 when it escaped from a circus and found its way under the Bar & Billiard Room! How’s that for some date night conversation? A large open kitchen, a wood-fired rotisserie and pizza oven, and a lively bar for that pre-dinner Aperol Spritz complete the scene.
Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse, Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
The Cliff Restaurant Sofitel Sentosa
Looking for an Italian restaurant in Singapore with a vibe that will transport you to the Med? Head to The Cliff for laid-back views overlooking the scenic Sofitel Pool during the day; come evening the scene is more romantic with the sounds of the surrounding jungle and the balmy breeze of the South China Sea.
The Cliff is redefining traditional Italian dining with constant innovation. Chef Peter Podbiol, an expert in modern French fusion, plus traditional Italian and Spanish cuisine, is at the helm and has just launched a refreshed a la carte menu in August with over 60 wines. Dishes include linguine with clams, Squid ink tonnarelli pasta with crab, a range of pizzas and mains of Pan seared Sea Bass or Grilled lamb chops with chorizo puree. Look out for special Sofitel Wine Days and curated wine dinners that pair wine with a multi-course Italian feast.
The Cliff Restaurant Sofitel Sentosa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099891, Tel: (+65) 6708 8310
Hidden on the top two floors of a heritage shophouse, one Michelin-starred Braci is an exclusive Italian restaurant offering something very different to the usual pizza and pasta. Head chef Matteo Ponti uses the Josper oven and Shichirin grill to cook refined Italian fare. The menu starts with a six-course degustation at $208 (or try the more affordable four-course degustation lunch at $118). There’s a bar on the top floor that’s worth a stop for an Italian cocktail or two! Reserve here.
Braci, 52 Boat Quay, Level 5/6, Singapore 049841
Cicheti and Bar Cicheti
One of the original chic trattoria-style Italian restaurants tucked away in the backstreets of Kampong Glam, Cicheti offers delicious handmade pasta and pizza cooked in the woodfire oven. You can never go wrong with a Margherita Pizza and this version is one of the best with a crisp thin crust and a chewy dough. Cicheti’s cosy ambience makes it a regular on the Italian restaurant list so book ahead if you are planning a date night! For an extensive list of pastas with the same authenticity but in a more sophisticated spot head to sister restaurant Bar Cicheti.
Cicheti, 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901,
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano Shangri-La Singapore
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano offers authentic Southern Italian specialities made with quality produce. Go hungry as you’ll be in for a treat with a showcase of dishes from Puglia, featuring signature handmade pastas like the Orecchiette Broccoli E Salsicca with broccoli, Italian pork sausage meat and handmade Orecchiette pasta in a light creamy sauce.
Pizza-lovers, don’t miss the Mortadella e Stracciatella pizza, which consists of a Southern Italian flatbread draped with dollops of luscious Stracciatella cheese, sundried tomatoes and pistachio. For mains, try the Polpo alla Plancia, an impressive whole octopus leg which is first steamed till tender then grilled over high heat to achieve a caramelised char.
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano, Shangri-La Singapore, Garden Wing, Level One, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, Tel: (+65) 6213 4398
Nestled in the Binjai Park neighbourhood, this hidden gem offers great quality Italian dishes (it’s part of the Les Amis group after all!) Don’t miss our all-time favourite Italian dish on this menu: the LINO signature Burrata Pizza with dough that’s proofed for 48 hours; it’s puffy and pillowy yet with a decent bite. The base is a light slow-roasted cherry tomato and passata sauce (no cheese) but in the centre is a ball of burrata topped with basil pesto. Sublime! Reserve here.
LINO, 7 Binjai Park, Singapore 589821
GIO – Gourmet Italian Osteria
GIO is said to be one of the more authentic Italian restaurants in Singapore (for those in the know) and is located in Tanjong Pagar. GIO offers every table complimentary homemade bread and delicious smoked butter – the perfect way to start a hearty Italian dining experience. Don’t miss the range of ‘fried’ pizzas; try the one with peeled tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, then move on to Bucatini all Amatriciana pasta with guanciale, the Pumpkin Ravioli and for dessert, the Tiramisu al Pistacchio di Sicilia. Reserve here.
GIO, 27 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088450
Smart-casual Italian restaurant by restaurateur-chef Beppe De Vito, Amó is known for its great quality pasta (including gluten-free options), antipasti, and slow-fermented chewy crusted pizzas. It’s all dark interiors and low lighting here, and if you have a larger group, we love their private room (they can do a special set menu too). Must-tries include the Roasted Pumpkin and Wild Garlic Pesto pizza, the Hand Rolled Trofie Pasta with Purple Artichokes and Peperoncino and the Grilled Angus Beef Tagliata.
Amó, 33 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672
Ristorante Pietrasanta is a family business at One North run by Italian brothers. This decade-old Italian restaurant offers a taste of Tuscan cuisine from Bistecca alla Fiorentina, to handmade focaccia, hand-shaped pizzas and handcrafted pastas. Don’t miss dishes like the Ossobuco with risotto, Classic Margherita pizza (made with organic flour) and the handmade Tuscan Spaghetti with Beef Chianti Bolognese.
Ristorante Pietrasanta, 1 Fusionopolis Way, Connexis, #01-08, Singapore 138632
Blue Label Pizza & Wine
Blue Label Pizza and Wine does exceedingly good (if a little pricey) pizzas! This Italian pizzeria is all plush leather seating, dim lights and great tunes making it a popular date night spot. There’s a concise menu of salads (don’t miss the Kale Waldorf salad) and pizzas with a crisp chewy crust thanks to the long ferment dough. Try the cheesy The Original Famous ($28) or the Like a Caprese ($32) with burrata and roasted vine tomatoes. There’s a branch at Mandarin Gallery, but we love the vibes at Ann Siang.
Blue Label Pizza and Wine, multiple locations
Basilico Italian Restaurant
Basilico Italian Restaurant in Regent Hotel is a favourite Italian restaurant in Singapore thanks to the Italian Weekday Lunch Buffet (from $68/adult or $32.50/child or $58 when you book through the Chope with code BAS58). One of the main highlights of the Italian buffet includes the Cold Cuts, Marinated Seafood and Cheese table plus of course there’s plenty of pasta, pizza and mains to choose from too. Reserve here.
Basilico Italian Restaurant, 1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Hotel, Level 2, Singapore 249715
Latteria Mozzarella Bar
Latteria Mozzarella Bar in Duxton Hill affords us a bite of Southern Italy in Singapore! We love the casual alfresco seating where you can nibble on all things cheese and enjoy the balmy summer evening, pretending you’re on the coast of Italia! Latteria Mozzarella Bar offers the largest range of mozzarella and burrata in Singapore, all flown in directly from Italy twice a week. Enjoy these as is or topped on your standard Italian fare. Don’t miss the affordable Italian set weekday lunch at just $30 for 2 courses/ $33 for 3 courses.
Latteria Mozzarella Bar, 40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618
An upmarket Italian trattoria in the East, Forma is a collab between The Cicheti Group and local pasta artisan Lee Yum Hwa. Pause at the window to get a super view of the pasta artisans at work rolling pasta sheets, measuring and cutting the pasta into shapes from linguine to tortellini. Pasta served very al dente (and in very small portions) is the name of the game here. Don’t miss the Struncatura Ammollicata ($32) with anchovies, olives, chilli and sauteed breadcrumbs, Orecchiette al Sugo d’Agnello $32, and antipasti like gnoccho fritto with shavings of lardo, smoked speck ham with medjool dates and braised artichokes on creamy stracciatella.
Forma, 128 Tembeling Road, Singapore 423638, Tel: (+65) 6513 228
Limoncello Pizza & Grill
Italian restaurant Limoncello Pizza & Grill offers authentic Italian fare from the Amalfi Coast. There’s a huge alfresco area by the river for balmy evening drinks. Start with the Antipasto Limoncello with burrata cheese served with “San Daniele” ham and assorted cold cuts then move on to the Bistecca Grigliata, a 300g grilled Australian grain-fed ribeye or the homemade pastas and Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas. Reserve here.
Limoncello Pizza & Grill, 95 Robertson Quay, Rivergate Condominium, #01-19/20, Singapore 238256
Al Forno East Coast Restaurant
Al Forno is purportedly one of the first Italian restaurants in Singapore established in 1995. This East Coast spot is located in the heart of Katong and has Italian owners, which is always a good sign. Sit back in the cosy setting and tuck into Neapolitan pizzas baked in a traditional wood-fired oven that dominates the restaurant. Don’t miss the delicious Tiramisu! Reserve here.
Al Forno East Coast Restaurant, 400 East Coast Road, Le Peranakan Hotel, Singapore 428996
No Menu Restaurant
An authentic family-style Italian restaurant that’s helmed by Chef Osvaldo Forlino and run by his family. The restaurant’s name pays homage to traditional, family-run restaurants in Italy that have no menu. This might be disconcerting for the uninitiated but if you are willing to let go and trust the staff it can be a joy (you can always ask for dish prices so there are no surprises there). This Italian restaurant may have steep prices but the vibe is very much like a quaint eatery in Italy.
No Menu Restaurant, 23 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069621
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar is one of Singapore’s more popular fine dining Italian restaurants. This special occasion restaurant offers elevated Italian cuisine – to give you an indication of the pricing, their signature is the Cold Angel Hair with Snow Crab, Bafun Sea Urchin & Siberian Caviar at $98. Other dishes range from pasta to Ossobuco Garibaldi ($78) and Baked Atlantic Cod ($68). Reserve here.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, 36 Purvis Street, #01-02, Singapore 188613
Pasta Brava is a traditional Italian restaurant with a family-friendly ambience. The Italian food is always reliable and the staff is always willing to help so this spot is often very busy. Try the very popular Spaghetti in Squid Ink Sauce, and to round off the meal, the slightly un-Italian but firm favourite sticky date pudding with vanilla ice cream. Reserve here.
Pasta Brava, Craig Road, Singapore 089671
ETNA Italian Restaurant
Offering contemporary Italian cuisine with a Sicilian touch, ETNA Italian Restaurant has two locations at Duxton and East Coast. ETNA is one of the 20 authentic Italian restaurants in Singapore proudly awarded the Ospitalita Italiana Gold Seal Award, which guarantees each customer high-quality authentic Italian food. On the menu: a range of focaccia and bruschetta, handmade pasta like the Trenette pasta in fresh tomato sauce, with stracciatella cheese and asparagus, as well as grilled meats. Reserve here.
ETNA Italian Restaurant, multiple locations
Prego, an Italian restaurant within Fairmont Singapore, sports an industrial-style interior and offers pizzas and other Italian classics. Reserve here.
Prego, 80 Bras Basah Road, Fairmont Singapore Level 1, Singapore 189560
La Braceria Pizza & Grill
La Braceria Pizza & Grill is a casual Italian restaurant in the Greenwood neighbourhood that features authentic Italian cuisine from the Southern Amalfi coast. Chef-owner Fabio Iannone is at the helm, serving up al dente pastas like Spaghetti alle Vongole, Linguine with Squid Ink, a range of pizzas and grilled meat and fish. Dine with air-con in the restaurant or at the covered alfresco seating. Reserve here.
La Braceria Pizza & Grill, 5 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289501
We love the vibes at Publico Ristorante – glam decor with a great buzz indoors as well as alfresco seating riverside. This spot is well known for its woodfired pizza; try the Capricciosa with shaved ham, pork sausage, artichokes, black olives, mushrooms, and mozzarella. There’s a range of pasta (including gluten-free options) and meaty mains like Bistecca Ribeye, Lamb Chops or 18 Hour Beef Short Ribs.
Publico, Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
Ristorante Da Valentino
Ristorante Da Valentino is a very respected Italian restaurant in Singapore, hidden behind The Grandstand. There’s a cosy dining room filled with pictures of VIP patrons and Ferrari memorabilia or al fresco dining for romantic dinners. A stalwart on the Italian dining scene, you’ll find classic Italian food with seasonal dishes selected by Chef Valentino. It’s certainly a special-occasion spot with prices to match. Reserve here.
Ristorante Da Valentino, 200 Turf Club Road, The Grandstand, #01-19, Singapore 287994
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