Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Celebrating Mother's Day @ Limoncello Pizza & Grill

Away from the bustling city, and nestled in a quiet corner of Robertson Quay, is the Limoncello Pizza & Grill.  The restaurant serves authentic Southern Italian cuisine which resonate with the palates and memories of Amalfi Coast, Italy.


It can be rather challenging navigating your way there.  If you are driving, the easiest way is to head to the River Gate condominium and get through by the side gate. If you do not drive, Limoncello is at one end of Robertson Quay with a connecting bridge to River View Hotel and Grand Copthorne.

Limoncello offers a serene view of the Singapore River and a tranquil, cascading waterfall at the al fresco dining area.  There is also indoor dining area if you prefer air con to the natural breeze.  You may also opt for the private function room if you prefer to dine in your own privacy for your private function. Love chilling out? Head over to the outdoor bar for some refreshments before/after your meal.
Outdoor Dining Area

Indoor Dining Area


Outdoor Bar

Private Function Room


Napolitana wood fired pizzas and charcoal grilled meats and seafood is what distinguishes Limoncello from the rest. Limoncello prides themselves in providing one of the most authentic Italian cuisine with most ingredients imported from Italy. The three Chef - Chef Fabio Iannone (who is the owner himself), Chef Mauro Crescendo, and Chef Alessandro Di Robgerto are all native Italians, prepared the food by staying true to their Italian roots.
A Photo with Chef Mauro Crescendo

Chef Alessandro Di Robgerto preparing to cut the pizzas

Mothers have always been an integral part of traditional Italian culture, therefore, Limoncello has specially come up with a Mother’s Day menu where diners get to experience Southern Italy with their mothers through a feast filled with tradition and home.

Bread sticks with Parma ham with a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dip, will be served to diners before the start of the meal. The crunchy bread stick with the savoury taste Parma ham is a perfect combination.

Begin your meal with two antipasti dishes: Portobello Al Tartufo, oven-baked Portobello mushroom with fresh sautéed spinach, drizzled with truffle sauce; and Sauté Vongole, where fresh clams are sautéed in a buttery and fragrant white wine sauce.

Baked to perfection, the portobello has a nice earthy taste, with truffle infused in the cream, adding an an extra touch to the dish.

Inhale to the whiff of sea, of the butter and white wine sauce.  The fresh clams imported from Vietnam, are fresh, and much sweeter.

For mains, you can opt for Fettuccine Con Frattaglie di Wagyu where organic fettuccine is done al-dente, tossed over stir-fried mushrooms and sliced wagyu beef in natural juice. Imagine someone like me who rarely take beef, wiping out almost the entire plate?  You need to believe how tender and juicy are the wagyu beef slices.  The fettuccine somehow has a similar texture to the Chinese "ban mian" (板面).


Not a beef lover?  Go for the signature Branzino Al Sale instead. The salt-baked catch of the day,, is uniquely Italian. Using live catch of the day ensures that you get to enjoy fresh fish. The granular rock salt used in the baking of the fish, ensures that the taste of the fish is not over powered and brings out the natural sweetness of the fish. The fish meat is firm, with taste enhanced by a dash of lemon juice. Note that picture shows media tasting portion only, actual serving will be a fish shared by the pair of diners.


Desserts is the perfect way to end any meal!  You can choose between the crowd-pleasing Limoncello Cake, or the ever-popular Tiramisu.

The warm Limoncello Cake is infused with limoncello liqueur, almonds and white chocolate with lemon and orange rinds adding some zest to it and help to neutralize the sweetness.  The crushed almonds added some texture to the soft buttery. Overall, I enjoy the Limoncello cake, but prefer it to be less sweet.


Coffee-lovers shall not miss Limoncello’s Tiramisu, where layers of savoiardi are dipped in espresso and amaretto, finished with a delicate layer of cocoa, giving a bittersweet balance. One of the better Tiramisu in town.


Last but not least, diners get to enjoy a complimentary welcome drink, as well as a bottle of selected red or white wine (may not be of same selection as below picture).



The Mother's Day Menu Selection as follows:


Apart from the Mother's Day Menu, we also get to taste some other dishes:

Fritto Di Calamari
The deep fried Italian Baby Squid is tender, not the crunchy type, and is easy to bite and chew. Most importantly, the light batter allows you to enjoy the taste the baby squid than the coat of flour.  This is certainly highly recommended!


Sibilla Pizza & Rucola e prosciutto di Parma
Sibilla Pizza is of mozzarella, homemade sausage, button mushroom, mascarpone cheese, truffle cream while the Rucola e prosciutto di Parma is of tomato, mozzarella, Parma ham, fresh rocket, parmesan.  There is a debate over which taste better between the gals and guys.  Apparently the gals prefer the former while the guys prefer the latter. But I actually prefer the latter, seems like I'm odd one out?


Linguine Al Nero Di Seppia
The Squid Ink Pasta is of linguine pasta in black ink sauce. Frankly speaking, there isn't anything particularly special of this dish except for the color as squid ink does not have any special taste. It's fun!  But I certainly will not recommend this dish during your first date, as it is likely to turn off the girl with your ink-stained lips and teeth.  And imagine the gal who puts on an effort to make up and ended up with a natural black lipstick coating?


There is also a Deli just beside the restaurant.  Patrons on-the-go can conveniently pack some food and drinks.  Wine and food ingredients that are specially imported from Italy are also available for sale.




Limoncello Pizza & Grill
Address: 95 Robertson Quay, Rivergate, #01-19/20, S 235256.
Email: limoncellosg@gmail.com.
Tel: +65 66345117

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm – 2pm and 6pm – 10.30pm
Bar is open daily from: 12pm – 12am


Disclaimer:
Pictures shown above are of media tasting portions so the actual portion and presentation may varies.

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