For many, spaghetti or pasta is the ultimate comfort food. Hearty, versatile and flavoursome, it’s a mealtime favourite for families and couples alike. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants serving delicious pasta dishes in Singapore. From the usual carbonara and bolognese, to squid ink pasta and chilli crab pasta, there’s something for everyone.
Come extremely hungry, because the food at Osteria Mozza is unapologetically rich. Founded by American celebrity chef Nancy Silverton the Cal-Italian restaurant at Hilton Singapore is the place to be if you’re in town and craving a handmade pasta. There are 10 different handmade varieties to consider – from maltagliati in duck ragu to cencioni, Dungeness crab and saffron. More is more when it comes to the fonduta ravioli, with creamy cheese encased in el dente ravioli and served with a generous topping of fondue cheese.
For a full review of our time at the restaurant, click here.
You can’t go wrong with the pasta at Bar Cicheti. Known for its intimate and cosy ambiance, the restaurant specialises in handmade pastas that are often cooked with fresh, seasonal Italian produce. The menu is compact, with two prices listed next to each pasta dish. One is for a tasting portion, perfect for those who are looking to sample and try a variety of pastas, the other, a full serve for those who know their favourites.
Highlights include the Paccheri ($20/$34), a tubular-shaped pasta with slow-braised polpo (Spanish octopus) and fresh tomatoes. Chilli, anchovies and capers heightens the complex flavours of the dish, while toasted bread crumbs lends the dish texture and a slight crunch. The Tagliolini ($23/$35), is another highlight, featuring blue swimmer crab, confit garlic, butter, bisque and more.
Keep your eyes peeled for new additions that are also often added to the menu!
Bar Cicheti is located at 10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264, Tel: 6789 9801
If you’re looking for a cosy restaurant that serves up Italian-style plates with a breezy SoCal twist, this hip Amoy Street resto is the one for you. It’s fresh, unpretentious Italian fare served up with West Coast hospitality. Filled with decor such as sputnik pendant lamps, tufted leather booths in dark wine and Planet of the Apes and Barbarella movie posters that pay homage to sci-fi’s New Wave era, the restaurant is exactly how we would imagine LA to be in the ‘60s: warm, buzzing, vibrant, and all heart.
Southern California is a hodgepodge of both immigrant and native cultures, so it’s no surprise that the menu highlights the best of the Golden State – think house made pastas, and more. Come during lunch, and a rotating menu of woodfired pizzas – clams with nduja (a spicy pork sausage paste from Italy’s Calabria region), sopressata (a leaner type of salami) and eggplant, to name a few – celebrate the bastion of So-Cal cuisine.
For pasta lovers, there is the Smoked Bucatini. Handmade with love, and served al dente (as pasta should be), this dish is severed with pork ragu bianco and generously coated with a silky sauce that will leave you wanting more. Then there’s the Cappellacci, which according to the restaurant are perfect little bundles of pasta joy, stuffed to the rim with uber awesome, righteous deliciousness. Filled with celery root and earthy mushrooms, this dish is a definite must-try if you ever head down for dinner.
Read our full review of California Republic here.
California Republic is located at 88 Amoy St, Singapore 069907, Tel: 9784 9487
Just a 5-minute walk from Tan Kah Khee MRT, this Italian restaurant at Greenwood Ave is nestled in Singapore’s prime residential belt of Bukit Timah.
Known for their Angel hair pasta with scallops and Hokkaido truffles ($48), this appetiser is a must have for every diner who visits RUBATO. Served chilled with exotic Japanese seaweed, the pasta is blanched in a secret recipe stock for an explosion of umami and for the seriously indulgent diner, you can also request for additional truffles where the wait staff are more than happy to shave it fresh right in front of you.
One of the most notable pasta dishes is their ‘Seafood in a bag’ ($26.90), the dish is a seafood linguine wrapped in parchment paper and invigorated with a sauce that’s doused in a flavourful stock. It’s hearty and gratifying, plus it’s popular among all ages. Listed on Tripadvisor as the #10 most authentic Italian restaurant in Singapore, RUBATO is THE produce-driven establishment that’s worth every buck.
RUBATO Italian Kitchen + Bar is located at 12 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289204, Tel: 6252 3200.
Tucked away in a serene residential area of Hillview, Cacio e pepe is a family-owned Italian restaurant in the west. Known for its unpretentious good food, this under-the-radar restaurant has one of the best squid ink pasta($24) we’ve tried, the seafood is fresh and the aroma of the sauce is just chock full of savoury goodness. Oh, and did we mention that their egg pastas are all handmade?
Besides the generous serving of ingredients, their Burrata with basil leaves and EVOO($16) is a great appetizer to start with. The light produce is paired with a creamy mozzarella that will definitely whet your appetite for the rest of the meal.
Cacio e Pepe is located at 3 Chu Lin Road (off Jalan Remaja), Tel: 6760 3534.
Touted as one of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore, Prego at Fairmont Singapore offers delicious Italian cuisine for every palate. To get the most bang out of your buck, we recommend trying their Sunday Buffet Brunch (adults $94++ onward and children $48++ onward) comprising a Cheese Station, Live Pasta Crafting and Risotto Bar, Fresh Seafood and an Italian Gelato Bar with dreamy desserts.
Our interest lies in their Live Pasta Crafting and Risotto Bar where diners get to spectate as chefs skillfully create pasta on request—and yes, they’re incredibly Instagram-friendly.
Here, diners will have the opportunity to create their own pasta dish by first choosing which type of pasta they’d like: Ravioli, spaghetti, or their seasonal squid ink pasta. Then, they get to pick a sauce of their choice—Spiced Tomato Sauce with Seafood, Bolognese Sauce, Carbonara Sauce or Truffle Cream Sauce— and end it off with their choice of toppings.
Voila! You’ve got your very own curated pasta dish. Bonus? Diners get to indulge in free-flow bubbly at zero additional charge.
Prego is located at Level 1, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560, Tel: 6431 6156.
Renowned for its affordable and delicious Asian-Italian fusion dishes, 49 Seats is the perfect supper destination—especially if you’re craving pasta.
Their signature Tom Yum Seafood Pasta ($14.90) comes highly recommended for those who like it spicy, savoury and tangy all at once. It comprises a delicious mix of prawns, mussels and baby clams. If you like smoked duck with your pasta, their Creamy Smoked Duck Pasta ($14.90) and Smoked Duck Aglio Olio ($14.90) are your best bets. Both dishes feature a classic take on the dishes with a local twist and succulent smoked duck breasts. An important point to note is that the smoked Duck Aglio Olio is only available on request.
The best part about dining at 49 Seats, apart from their delicious food, is the affordability and availability; most of their dishes cost $16.90 and below, and diners enjoy 10 per cent off after 10pm, 20 per cent off after 11pm, 30 per cent off after midnight and an astonishing 50 per cent off all pastas after 3am. Definitely worth checking out.
49 Seats is located at 176 Orchard Road, The Centrepoint #01-49, Singapore 238843, Tel: 6225 4332
Situated in the Tanglin Post Office opposite Tanglin Mall, Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro is a laid back cafe by day and a happy-hour hotspot by night.
It also has some pretty good food fare to boot. They serve marvellous American-European meals with a local twist, with their Chilli Crab Pasta ($25) being most popular amongst its patrons. Any pasta aficionado will tell you that it’s meant to be cooked al dente (shy of well done), and served right after so that the pasta continues cooking in the sauce whilst absorbing the rich flavours.
And that’s exactly what you get here. The viscosity of the sauce is decadently thick and creamy but not overpowering, and it complements the pasta and other ingredients. It’s spicy, so be warned. The only caveat is that it is almost always crowded and reservations have to be made in advance. But it’s worth it.
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is located at #01-03 Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964, Tel: 6835 1128
Only 20 Italian restaurants in Singapore are awarded the coveted Ospitalità Italiana Seal of Quality— a prestigious award given out to authentic Italian restaurants—and Al Forno is one of them.
It’s a fine dining restaurant with gold standard service and even better food. Although they’re better known for their pizzas, their pasta dishes are delicious too. Carbonara dishes are aplenty in Singapore but at Al Forno, they’ve mastered the art of balancing the right amount of cream in the dish so that all the flavours work harmoniously to give you a mouthgasm.
Their Spaghetti Carbonara ($24) comprises al dente pasta, eggs and bacon— a simple yet decadent meal that’ll satiate your cravings. Al Forno’s Penne di Montagna ($25) is an equally delicious dish for those who prefer tomato-based pasta. It comprises spicy Italian sausage, bacon and mushrooms.
The dish is usually served with penne pasta, so if you prefer spaghetti, do inform the waiting staff. It’s also one of the few places in Singapore that receives stellar reviews for its Spaghetti Al Nero di Seppia ($26), also known as squid ink pasta, comprising clams, prawns and squid. You won’t be disappointed.
Al Forno East Coast Restaurant and Pizzeria is located at 400 East Coast Road, Singapore 428996, Tel: 6348 8781
Pietro Ristorante Italiano offers authentic Italian cuisine and has had a steady following since it was founded. The Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia ($28++) is undoubtedly one of the best pasta dishes on their menu. It’s served with prawns, scallop, squid and clams, garnished with chilli.
If you’ve never tried squid ink pasta before, you might want to take the plunge with Pietro’s offering. It’s a simple, unpretentious dish where the ingredients speak for themselves. But if you’re still on the fence about it (and worried about staining your teeth), try their Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Fungi ($18++) or Spaghetti alla Carbonara ($18++). Either way, you’re in for a gourmet Italian experience like none other.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano is located at 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030, Tel: 6484 5528
Diners can expect to be treated to a glorious Italian gourmet affair at Waterfall Ristorante Italiano. Try their Linguine Allo Scoglio ($34), an authentic Southern Italian seafood pasta with prawns, scallops, mussels, clams and cherry tomatoes, where you’ll get to choose between 13 homemade pasta options.
For those with an appreciation for richer flavours, give their Tagliatelle Al Tartufo Efegato Groasso ($39) a try. Comprising of pasta in truffle sauteed bottom mushroom and parmesan sauce topped with foie gras, it’s a classic dish with incredible flavours. Another notable mention would be their Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino ($22), another classic dish, prepared by lightly sautéing garlic, red chilli and extra virgin oil and garnished with finely-chopped parsley.
With a daily spread comprising handmade pastas and fresh seafood at reasonable price points, it’s definitely worth having a meal here.
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano is located at Level One, Garden Wing, Shangri-la Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, Tel: 6213 4138
Having clinched several awards, Pasta Brava is one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in Singapore.
Their delicious Spaghetti Del Pescatore ($24) comprising a generous serving of crayfish, scallops, prawns, clams and squid tossed in exquisite squid ink sauce, is reason enough to pay this restaurant a visit. The dish has a distinct aroma that can be likened to seabreeze (thanks to its fresh seafood) that’ simply invigorates your palate.
Another notable dish is their Mezzelune Ripiene di Zucca ($23.50), which features perfectly al dente half moon-shaped pasta liberally filled with pumpkin and served in a delicious capsicum cream sauce, which is a great option for vegetarians.
Pasta Brava is located at 33 Erskine Rd, #01-13 Scarlet Hotel, Singapore 069333, Tel: 6222 0879
Nestled in the heart of Kampong Glam is Positano Risto, a halal Italian restaurant inspired by its namesake cliffside village. Try their Soft Shell Crab Linguini ($22.95), which features crabmeat and linguine tossed in homemade seafood bisque sauce and topped off with crispy soft shell crab.
We love the liberal chunks of crab meat and perfectly crisp yet juicy soft shell crab. For something more classic, try their Spaghetti Arrabiata ($12.95) comprising their signature homemade tomato sauce that’s spiced to your preference.
Positano Risto is located at 66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479, Tel: 6292 1886
Ristorante Luka—by chef-owner Takashi Okuno—is an affordable Japanese-Italian restaurant that always has a queue during lunch time. Their Uni Aglio e Olio ($26) is probably one of their most popular dishes—and for good reason.
The marvellous dish comprises perfectly al dente pasta, fresh tomato, garlic, olive oil and is topped off with decadent Japanese sea urchin. Their Tuna Tartare ($16) reimagined with negitoro (leftover tuna) and ikura (salmon roe) deserves a notable mention as well. It’s definitely worth braving the queue for.
Ristorante Luka is located at 18 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088441, Tel: 6221 3988
This article was first published in Harper’s Bazaar.