Pasta e Formaggio is a rare gem in Singapore, blending Italian and Indian cuisines into something truly unique. Headed by the boss himself, who is also the head chef, 90% of the recipes at Pasta e Formaggio are created and experimented with by the chef. He is still committed to making new dishes, sharpening the taste, and perfecting the recipes. It’s no surprise then that Pasta e Formaggio’s dishes are some of the most delicious and unique in the city, and two special highlight recipes – Risotto Curry Prawn and Tandoori Chicken Gnocchi – are extremely hard to find in Singapore.
Located in the CBD area, Pasta e Formaggio’s menu is designed to suit everyone, given the international crowd in the area. The gnocchi is made by the chef with his own recipe, served in a more European way of preparing instead of simply boiling, as is done in many other restaurants in Singapore. The unique fusion of Italian and Indian flavors makes Pasta e Formaggio a must-visit for foodies in the city.
There is an ongoing attractive promotion! They offer a Set Lunch from Monday to Friday, and a Special Menu available all day every day. You can enjoy indoor or outdoor seating, and the best thing is that they offer nett prices without any GST or service charge.
One of the best sellers, Tagliatelle di Brasto Menzo (special set menu, $27.90), features braised beef cheeks in a house rosé sauce, garnished with aged cheese.
Let’s explore some of the dishes that I’ve tried at Pasta e Formaggio!
Risotto Curry Prawn ($23)
One of Pasta e Formaggio’s standout dishes is the Risotto Curry Prawn, which is probably the best fusion dish one can try. Charcoal-grilled king prawns in a curry cream sauce. The curry is thick and well-spiced, which surprisingly pairs so well with the risotto. The curry flavors fully coat each grain of risotto, with a hint of sweetness balancing out the spiciness. Topped with light amounts of cheese, this dish is simply amazing and addictive. It takes a longer time to prepare because of the meticulous steps that are needed to create this dish. More than 10 spices were used to prepare the curry, and one should not rush the chefs during lunchtime as this dish takes slightly longer time to prepare!
Gnocchi Tandoori Chicken Aglio e Olio ($19.90)
Another unique dish at Pasta e Formaggio is the Gnocchi Tandoori Chicken Aglio e Olio, which features pan-fried potato dumplings with a crunchy texture and soft interior. The tandoori chicken is very tender and juicy, and the baby tomatoes help with the spice, balancing out the dish. Overall, it’s a clean-tasting dish that’s perfect for those who enjoy spicy food. It’s the chef’s specialty, a traditional Italian cuisine with an Indian twist.
Pizza Salmone Affumicato ($23.60)
Pizza lovers should not miss the Pizza Salmone Affumicato at Pasta e Formaggio. The pizza is topped with smoked salmon, rocket leaves, and mayonnaise, a unique and flavorful twist on a classic pizza that is perfect for seafood lovers or anyone looking for something a little bit different. The rocket leaves bring a refreshing flavor with its unique taste, boosting the flavor of the pizza itself. The pizza is definitely one of my favorites.
Garlic Bread ($5.90)
We highly recommend the Garlic Bread. The bread is toasted to perfection, giving it a satisfying crunch on the outside, while still being soft and fluffy on the inside. The garlic and herb mixture brushed on top of the bread is fragrant and flavorful, making your taste buds dance with joy. The only downside is that it doesn’t come with mushroom soup, so you have to order it as a separate item.
Tortellini e Tartufo ($21.50)
This dish is a smooth and creamy delight, featuring cheese-stuffed pasta in a mixed mushroom truffle cream sauce, garnished with truffle oil and cheese. The dish boasts a wonderful blend of fresh mushrooms, lending it a delightful earthiness. The added truffle oil gives it a nice touch of flavor. The tortellini itself is cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of bite, and each piece is coated with a sauce that blends harmoniously together. The seasonings are done just right, making it easy to finish in one sitting. This is the kind of dish that screams comfort food, especially when a craving strikes.
Spaghetti Marinara ($21.50) (cream base +$2)
The Spaghetti Marinara is another popular dish at Pasta e Formaggio. The dish comes wrapped in baking paper, and the presentation is amazing. The smell of the dish is also very enticing, and the heavy, rich, creamy taste is perfectly balanced with generous seafood that includes two big prawns, clams, a huge scallop, and several pieces of large squid, all sitting in an onion cream sauce. The prawns are already prepared with the shells taken out, making it easy for you to eat without leaving a mess. This is definitely a plus point.
Spaghetti alla Carbonara ($12.50)
The Spaghetti alla Carbonara is a classic dish that is executed perfectly here. The pasta is cooked perfectly, with a nice bite to it, and the sauce is creamy, rich, thick, and well-balanced in flavor. They use locally sourced bacon which enhances the flavors of the carbonara. Overall, it’s a comforting dish that is both familiar and exciting at the same time. However, it may be too much for those who don’t usually go for cream-based pasta dishes.
Aglio e olio with Sausages ($12.40)
If you’re looking for something with a bit of a kick, the Aglio e olio with Sausages is an excellent choice. The spaghetti is not too overcooked and well-cooked, and the dish has a slightly spicy and spiced flavor. They are also very generous with the sausages, which are deliciously savory and not overly spiced. The portion is generous, making it perfect for sharing or for a hearty meal.
Oven Baked Spicy Scallops ($11.30)
For seafood lovers, the Oven Baked Spicy Scallops are a must-try. The cheese topping on the scallops is generous, and the oven-baked scallop is well-seasoned. The spiciness is just right, and the scallop itself is juicy and tender, making it a truly great side dish.
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, the Tiramisu is a dessert you can go for. It’s made fresh in-house with limited availability for each batch, and it’s good for two. The layers of ladyfingers soaked in espresso are perfectly balanced with the mascarpone cheese mixture, which is light, fluffy, and not too sweet. The hint of rum adds a subtle boozy note, which elevates the flavors even more. The dusting of cocoa powder on top gives it a bittersweet taste that pairs wonderfully with the creaminess of the mascarpone cheese mixture.
Pasta e Formaggio
3 Phillip Street #01-02 Royal Group Building
Mon – Fri 11.30am – 9pm / Sat 12pm – 8pm
138 Robinson Road #01-08 Oxley Tower
Mon – Fri 11.30am – 9pm / Sat 12pm – 8pm
By Shiok Eats!