Friday, August 07, 2015

Authentic and Affordable Italian Food: Bottura

Awhile ago, I was invited to Bottura, a recently opened new restaurant at the new wing of Suntec City Mall, for an extensive range of authentic yet pocket-friendly Italian food. It was a huge eye-opener for me as like most of you, my impression of Italian restaurant is always one that is in a quiet, dimly lit restaurant with classical music playing softly in the background, whereby one eats with poise and soft hmms as they place the fork in their mouth. Nothing of that sort. Very down to earth, authentic and good Italian food at Bottura. Starters and dishes start from $8 and most linger around $10+ to $20.

Tagliere di affettati e formaggi misti con tigelle e marmellate $22 
Cold cuts and cheese platter from Emilia Romagna with tigelle bread and marmalade 

Arancini Alragù $8
Arancini with ragù and tomato sauce. Fluffy risotto with ragù, coated in a parmesan crumb and fried to golden perfection.

Prosciutto di Parma, stracchino, rucola $12
Parma ham, house-made stracchino cheese and rocket 

Foglie di polenta con ragù e besciamella $18
Polenta lasagne with traditional ragù and béchamel sauce

Gnocchi di patate ai 4 formaggi e rucola $14
Four cheese gnocchi with rocket pesto

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara $12
Spaghetti Carbonara, Egg, Bacon, Parmesan

Ravioli panna prosciutto e funghi $14
Paper-thin Ravioli stuffed with greens, topped with cream, ham and mushroom

Tagliolini Zebrati Con Gamberetti e Zucchini $16
Egg and squid ink tagliolini with shrimp and zucchini

Margherita: pomodoro, mozzarella e basilico $12 
Tomato, mozzarella, basil

Melone, prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella $24
Rockmelon, Parma ham and mozzarella 

Gelato by Scoop $5

Crém caramel $7

Tiramisù $8 
Authentic Italian Coffee, light and fluffy marscapone, home-baked sponge cake, dark chocolate sauce. 

We sure left Bottura with a full and blessed stomach, having to try all the authentic, traditional, close-to-Italian Italian dishes whipped up by Bottura's culinary team of chef. All recipes in Bottura were passed down from the owner, Luca Bottura's hometown and most of them were his mother's recipes. There was nothing better than freshly handmade pasta, pizza, gelato (yes, even all the desserts). 

If I were to choose a few of my favourite dishes, they have got to be the Four Cheese GnocchiCarbonaraEgg and squid ink tagliolini with shrimp and zucchiniCrém caramel and their gelatos (they come in funky flavors! Try the bubble gum one and let me know if you like it). 

Besides the dining area, Bottura's main specialty lies in its extensive selection of gourmet cooking sauces, ingredients, like oil, vinegar and wine. We tried a few of them together with our starters and we really like how well they go together. Can't express how much I've enjoyed the meal. Thank you Bottura and Luca for the invitation. My knowledge and impression on the Italian cuisine has definitely changed for the better (and affordable).

Bottura Eat Drink Italiano
3 Temasek Boulevard 
Suntec City Mall Tower 1 #02-472/473/474 
(North Wing between Tower 1 & 2)
Singapore (038983)
Mon-Fri:10am-10pm | Weekends/PH: 11am-10pm
Nearest MRT Station: City Hall/Esplanade 

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