Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ricciotti: Italian Gourmet Food @ The Star Vista

 I've never ate at an Italian restaurant before so Ricciotti's my first!

A home-style Italian restaurant, Ricciotti at The Star Vista is a cozy restaurant tucked in a corner along the main road.

The restaurant at this outlet is of a contemporary design, and the Ricciotti Pizza Pasta Grill aims to serve authentic Italian gourmet food in Singapore.

Ricciotti currently has three outlets in total - one at The Riverwalk, the second one as China Square Central, and the third one at The Star Vista.  A group of us gathered at the third outlet this week to try some of their Italian cuisine. :)

We were all seated at a long table, so we all had to share the food that was served. Sharing is an important tradition in the Italian culture, and this reflects the warmth of eating Italian food, which makes the "cucina nostrana" (home-style) especially true in this case.

While the chefs were preparing the food for us, we got bored and started playing the Kid's activities! It was quite fun though.

The temperature in the restaurant was way too cold and it didn't help that it started pouring the moment we started eating.  A lot of us were freezing! I had to order Hot Tea and Hot Chocolate (let the wait staff know the thickness of your drink, if not the chocolate might be too sweet) to keep myself warm. Because of that, I didn't try their signature Blood Orange.

We tried a huge variety of Italian food that afternoon - mussels, boneless chicken, pork ribs and pizzas.

Our first dish was the Fresh Black Mussels with Toasted Garlic Bread. Our side of the table got the white wine sauce (Bianco), the other side tomato sauce (Marinara).  The mussels are big, fresh and juicy! I love mussels with white wine sauce. 

Um, didn't get to eat the garlic bread though. Two pieces nia.  :/ But it looks crispy and savoury, toasted to perfection.  Too bad for me. :(

Following that we had a platter of snacks and I have to tell you the Suppli (fried ball-shaped thing) is super yummy! They are actually rice balls stuffed with beef ragu and mozzarella cheese. Sinful but totally worth the sin for. Hahahaha.

Pork Ribs!

Although we didn't get to taste Ricciotti's best-seller, Linguine Al Granchio, we did however try the Pizzotto (pizza with bacon, mushrooms, egg, pomodoro and mozzarella), and the signature grill item.

Here it is:

Grilled Boneless Chicken with Ricciotti's Signature Marinade (there's a spicy version too, but I prefer the non-spicy one).   This is 1.5kg worth of boneless chicken meat here and you can eat to your hearts' content! Share it with your family and friends/

Other signature dishes include the Ricciotti Salad (Mixed greens, pork bacon, grilled bell pepper and shaved parmesan), Parma Panini (Parma ham, mozzarella and rucola), and the Spaghetti Marinara.

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As for desserts, they have quite a selection.  Fragole is a mix of strawberries, mascarpone and balsamic glaze; Nutella, well, Nutella and chopped hazelnuts and; Mela, made from apples, cinnamon and honey.  Their signature though, is Cannella, which is cinnamon sugar with mascarpone and raisins.  Prices are in the range of $10++ for desserts.

My favourite is the Tiramisu, because unlike the usual ones which can be awfully sweet, this one actually tastes BITTERsweet. Awesome. 

After a day of hard work, wine and dine at Ricciotti.  They do carry wines, spirits, beers and cocktails. Moreover, Italians like to drink before dinner so maybe you can learn from the Italians, heh. So if you work nearby then can just pop by with your co-workers!

With Executive Chef Gero Dimaria

Ricciotti also serves Daily Specials which I thought was pretty cool, since I can try different foods on different days. Prices for Daily Specials start from $28.

One last thing!  Ricciotti is pronounced as "ree-chore-tee"! Don't make the same mistake I did .... ree-sio-ti...

Okay I'm hungry now T_T

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