Grissini: Simple, rustic taste of Naples
Southern Italy is the best for food, and Grissini highlights the best of Naples
I just spent a lovely week of eating in the Italian food city of Bologna, with trips to Florence for more feasting.
Nothing beats the fare in the Emilia-Romagna region.
Until you speak to Italian foodies who insist you must visit Sicily, Sardinia and Naples. Southern Italy is the best for food, they proclaim.
While I'll have to wait till next time to visit, one alternative could be popping into Grissini.
Its chef Antonio Cocozza hails from Naples, and food from that region is the highlight here.
The restaurant looks glamorous and modern, while the presentation of the food is kept simple and rustic. The focus is the food, not the cutlery.
Thank goodness there are many good Italian restaurants in Singapore and this has the potential to join that list. Buon appetito!
The foundation of Italian cooking is pasta, and the Boston lobster linguine ($36) doesn't disappoint. This is not a dish of innovation but it reminds me of the many wonderful pasta dishes I had in Florence and Bologna.
The Sausage & Broccolini pizza (from $20) is laden with great ingredients but it's not so memorable. The white pizza is common in Italy, but I've never fallen for it. Chef Cocozza has many other great pizzas. Try those instead.
The Grilled Ribeye looks good when it comes to the table, but I had to go through my notes to remember the experience. It's part of the set lunch (from $36) but I suggest you pick something else.
I absolutely love the Chilled Datterini Tomato Soup ($14). This is a refreshing one with a dollop of Parmesan ice cream for added creaminess. This is a godsend on a warm muggy evening.
PHOTO: JASPER ASTON LIM, 6&7.COM
You must have a dessert to end an Italian meal. After all, this is the country that invented gelato. The Classic Tiramisu ($14) is a safe choice but after my visit to Italy, I came to appreciate the glorious Italian lemons, so also try the Lemon Tart ($14). The sweetness from the cherry sauce complements the tartness.
WHERE Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
WHEN Noon to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 11pm