The hallmark of a good Italian restaurant is authenticity, which includes making food from scratch using fresh ingredients and honest-to-goodness prep and cooking techniques. If you deem handmade pasta a measure of how authentic an Italian restaurant is, then you probably know that there are no shortcuts when it comes to making pasta.
Here are 15 of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore that make their own pasta.
Helmed by Chef Gero, Kucina is Singapore’s first halal Italian restaurant. With more than two decades of experience cooking in the kitchens of Da Paolo and the Garibaldi Group, Chef Gero opened his own restaurant after becoming a Muslim. Be sure to try the signature Tortellini Di Manzo, which is basically an Italian version of the wanton. It is handmade daily and delivers a satisfying bite with just the right amount of thickness.
Kucina is located at 11 Tanjong Katong Rd, #B1-09/10, KINEX 437157, Singapore 437157
This rustic-chic trattoria blends traditional Italian heritage with Mediterranean elements. Nestled away in Kampong Glam, it offers regional specialities including its signature wood-fired pizza and handmade Casarecce, doused in tomato sauce cooked with cured meat and pickled peppers. Aside from warm, hearty favourites, the restaurant also has a cosy ambience that makes it perfect for date night or intimate get-together.
Cicheti is located at 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901
With a menu dedicated to pasta, wine and antipasti, Cicheti’s sister bar-restaurant is clearly serious about its pasta. This upscale hideout along the buzzy Jiak Chuan Street prides itself on its handmade pastas and original Italian flavours. The unassuming Cacio e pepe is a robust Roman dish that involves simply black pepper and grated cheese. The servings are pretty significant, so you might want to go for smaller sizes to make more room for other options.
Bar Cicheti is located at 10 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089264
If you think traditional Italian pasta is boring, Pasta Bar will certainly change your mind. With its handmade pasta Its pasta is freshly handmade daily using an age-old technique passed down from generation to generation. Chef Alessandro Guistetti uses semolina flour with whole eggs, egg yolks and/or water to create his pasta and serve classic dishes like squid ink tortelli and carbonara, as well as regional cuisine such as the Fileja alla Toranese.
Pasta Bar is located at #01-05, 55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158
Within the tranquil Binjai Park is Lino, a modern Italian restaurant that specialises in homely Italian cuisine. While it is best known for its pizzas, its pastas are also incredibly note-worthy. Both pizzas and pastas are freshly made from scratch, so make room in your stomach for both – the lobster tagliatelle and signature burrata pizza are must-trys. As a bonus, the Lino bar offers a selection of wines and beers as well as hour pours for $8.50 per glass.
Lino is located at 7 Binjai Park, Singapore 589821
Looking for a place to unwind on Friday evening? Head down to Publico at InterContinental Robertson Quay with your colleagues or best buds. The restaurant serves up wood-fired pizzas, charcuterie and cheese boards, and outstanding pastas, such as the Tuscan Truffle & Wagyu Beef Tagliatelle (pictured), featuring handmade strands of tagliatelle sauteed with black truffle emulsion and wagyu beef fillet.
Publico Ristorante is located at 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
What started in 1989 as a humble casual trattoria has now evolved into a full-fledged Italian restaurant, bar and even gourmet shop. The family-run restaurant brings a contemporary twist to traditional Italian cuisine, including handcrafted pizzas made with an Italian wood-fire oven. It also has a curated beverage and dessert menu (housemade gelato, anyone?) and a pasta making counter, where hearty favourites like cuttlefish ink pasta and Carbonara Calabrese are made from scratch.
Da Paolo Dempsey is located at Dempsey Road, Blk 8, #01-13, Singapore 247696
This halal pasta bar located along North Bridge Road emphasises aesthetics as much as its food. From its pastel-coloured interior to handmade pastas by the window, it’s a treat for the senses. You can even design your own pasta dish and choose from artisanal pasta like Beetroot & Garlic Angel Hair to Paprika Caserecce to Lemon Malfade, although you can also go for standard dishes like Prawn Aglio, Creamy Chicken & Mushroom and Seafood Pomodoro.
Tipo Pasta Bar is located at 785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753
Named after the popular Italian dish, Cacio e Pepe is a modest restaurant that provides a relaxed ambience and authentic Italian fare. This restaurant tucked away in tranquil Bukit Batok comes up with chef specials and off-menu dishes that surprise in the best possible way. A highly recommended dish is the Tagliatelle al Tartufo, homemade pasta in truffle cream sauce topped with prawns and scallops.
Cacio e Pepe is located at 3 Chu Lin Road, Singapore 669890
Situated along the riverfront of Robertson Quay, Bella Pasta offers a relaxing dining experience complete with fresh pasta handmade daily. Bella Pasta is the sister restaurant of well-known pizzeria Bella Pizza, and as its name suggests, its primary focus is on pasta, ranging from linguine to cannelloni. Definitely go for the homemade egg pasta, which is stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach and topped with tomato sauce, melted mozzarella and fresh basil.
Bella Pasta is located at 30 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238251
Perched on the periphery of the CBD, Pastaria Abate whips up fresh pasta and serves them at wallet-friendly prices. You’ll be spoiled for choice here as it offers a whopping 16 types of pasta and 18 types of sauces, which you can choose from to create your own dish. Indulge in classic favourites like carbonara and marinara, or go for magnificent looking dishes like the Spaghetti All’ Anatra Croccante, which ticks all the boxes in the looks and taste departments.
Pastaria Abate is located at 43 Craig Rd, Singapore 089681
Lasagne fans, here’s one dedicated to you. Super Dario is the only joint in Singapore devoted to making lasagne. This modest-looking shop offers premium and vegetarian options for prices that don’t break the bank. You get to choose from 15 types of lasagne as well as your own toppings. It also offers home delivery, in case you don’t feel like making the trip down, but we recommend having your lasagne piping hot there for the authentic experience.
Super Dario is located at #04 – 17 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
Tucked away in Novena, Da Luca and its fresh pasta has flown under the radar for the last ten years with consistently good reviews. The menu is kept simple and concise on purpose, allowing the kitchen to perfect their signature dishes such as the Chilled Angel Hair Pasta and Burrata Ravioli. Beyond the pasta, guests can enjoy high quality meats such as Wagyu Miyazaki A5 Ribeye as well as authentically delicious Tiramisu to finish off the meal.
Da Luca Italian Restaurant is located at 1 Goldhill Plaza, Singapore 308899
Priding itself as one of Singapore’s oldest Italian restaurants, Pasta Brava has been a mainstay in the Tanjong Pagar area since 1993. Their menu reserves a special section for their homemade pasta and includes delicious options like handcrafted spinach ravioli with ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes and capers, Mezzeluna (half-moon shaped pasta) with pumpkin in a capsicum cream sauce and homemade cannelloni with minced lamb.
Pasta Brava, 11 Craig Road, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 089671
Renamed from its previous incarnation as Il Lido, The Cliff at the Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa still occupies the breathtaking cliff-side of the hotel where the alfresco dining area offers great sunset views. The menu is more casual and less fine-dining than before, but still includes quality pastas such as the Mafalde alla Vodka and Penne Carbonara (done right, without cream). The pizzas are also worth a try and make for a great sharing starter.
Text: Joyce Chua, Additional reporting: Karen Fong