Where to find handmade pasta in Singapore
The makings of a great Italian joint always circles back to authenticity; a foundation of hard work where there's no such thing as shortcuts. We're talking flour to dough, hours of kneading and slightly marred pastas that you won't find in vacuum packets at your local supermarket. The pay off often means a fresh bowl of al dente strips, tossed in a sublime mixture. Although funnily enough, when the pasta is fresh, the condiments tend to take a backseat. So call us snobs (we don't care), for favouring the value of handmade pastas. If you care as much as we do, take note of our favourite spots.
Pastel-colored everything. From its visually pleasing exterior to their handmade pastas drying on the racks by the window, you could say that this cozy halal pasta bar along North Bridge road is all about the aesthetics. Get creative as you design your own pasta dishes — their dough comes infused with ingredients like beetroot, paprika and dill. A note of caution: not all pastas are made equal here. Their paprika mafalde was a little too thick and starchy for our liking.
Hero dish: Dill & lemon Pappardelle with Puttasesca sauce
The unassuming shophouse space at Kandahar Street is one of those touted restaurants that you have heard via word of mouth, mainly because, you don't need glowing advertisements when your food is this good and honest. Cicheti (pronounced Chi-Keh-Tee) prides on churning out their offerings fresh — be it the seafood, pastas or pizzas from their wood-fired oven.
Hero dish: Spaghetti with fennel sausage
Fashioned like the al fresco piazzas dotting Italy's coastline, Publico at InterContinental Robertson Quay is the ideal place to unwind with your closest crew on a Friday night. As much as we adore their wood-fired pizzas and outstanding starters, their pastas have won a special place in our hearts. Think twirls of al dente noodles dabbled with piquant spices and sauces.
Hero dish: Lobster spaghetti
Bella Pasta is no stranger to folks who love their Italian food, and boasts a good waterfront view if you decide to dine al fresco. The sister restaurant of Bella Pizza (the pizza-heavy alternative to the brand) pride themselves on their pastas being freshly made everyday. From shells to flat ribbons to cannelloni — you name it, they have it.
Hero dish: Homemade egg pasta stuffed with ricotta and spinach in tomato sauce with melted mozzarella and fresh basil
Despite its breezy revamp last year, The Cliff at Sofitel Singapore is still very much about hearty Italian fare. Fortunately. Their new menu showcases a stellar selection of modern and rustic delights while putting a delicate spin on fresh produce. To add to that experience? A panoramic view of the South China Sea. Some call The Cliff one of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore.
Hero dish: Spaghetti "alla Chitarra" with smoky lobster
Surprise, surprise. You can in fact, tuck into a freshly made bowl of pasta from a place called Pizza Express. Turns out flat dough circles aren't the only thing that the UK-chain excels in. Disclaimer: Not all pastas are made from scratch, so we definitely recommend ordering the ones that are rolled with a little more TLC.
Hero dish: Garganelli with asparagus, butternut squash and fresh mozzarella