Craving for some authentic Italian food? It’s hard to find people who do legitimate Italian food in Singapore, but we have a great recommendation for you to try out! Here at La Pizzeria at the Bridge and Beacon Bar, you will get treated to delicious Italian fare that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Italy. Nestled away in the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, this place may be a tad bit hard to find at first, but it definitely is worth the effort.
Before we could even try their food, we were blown away by the magnificent view. The restaurant is situated right next to the waterfront, and you get to take in the breathtaking view of the yachts and surrounding area. Also, if you go there in the evening, you may be able to catch the gorgeous sunset while enjoying your meal. If you don’t feel like sitting outside on the deck, you can also head inside the air-conditioned area of the restaurant instead.
Who are they?
La Pizzeria creates their food using the freshest and most wholesome ingredients there is out there. Their pizza and bread dough are made from scratch according to authentic Italian recipes, so you can be sure that you’re getting some really legitimate stuff. Many of these recipes were passed down from Chef Francesco Romano, the founder of the restaurant, who crafted these dishes respecting the traditional recipes of his grandmother. He imparted this knowledge to Chef James Yap, who is helping to continue carrying on the Romano Family name in Singapore.
Just like every Italian restaurant, bread with olive oil vinegar dip was served as an appetizer. They serve really good, fresh and thick bread here, and we loved dunking it into the dip. However, don’t be too quick to finish up all that bread, you need some space for the main courses!
The first dish we were served was a classic bowl of Sauteed Mussels. Freshly caught mussels dunked in a simple sauce of garlic, white wine, and parsley. We loved dipping our bread and extra crust into this bowl of goodness!
One of their specialties here, as well as one of our absolute favorites, would be the Ravioli Spinach and Ricotta. The ravioli here is presented in a way that we have never seen before; a huge bread crust is used to encase the steaming bowl of ravioli, and before eating the ravioli, you have to peel back this layer of bread to reveal the goodness beneath.
It’s ingenious because it helps keep the ravioli piping hot, and at the same time, you can use the bread to mop up the ravioli thick, luscious sauce later on. The ravioli itself is some of the best we have ever tasted. The thickness of the pasta is just right — not too thin and not too thick, and it each comes with a generous amount of filling. We love how the filling isn’t too salty, and how it goes well with the creamy pasta sauce without it getting too jelat.
Another favorite would be the Spaghetti Seafood Pasta ($25) which comes with the option of aglio olio or tomato sauce. We had the aglio olio because it was mentioned that the aglio olio served here is very different from the usual aglio olio that is served outside. And most certainly, this is hands down some of the best aglio olio we have ever had and would definitely come back here just for it. For one, this dish was served in the shape of a giant aluminum swan. We were initially quite puzzled when we saw the swan, and then we unwrapped it and thought “what a creative way to package food?”.
Despite it being majestic looking, the swan is quite useful in keeping the pasta warm and fresh, so it did serve a pretty important purpose besides its aesthetics. The aglio olio was incredibly rich and flavorful.
Some aglio olios tend to have an overpowering garlic or chili taste, but for this dish, the garlic and chili balanced each other out and blended together harmoniously to form a really unique flavor. The chili is a tad bit on the spicy side, so if you can’t take heat very well do be sure to keep a glass of water near you! The dish was also generously garnished with a variety of seafood. The prawns were not the small scrawny kinds you usually get and were really thick and juicy. And best of all, they were peeled! we hate having to peel prawns, so having them already peeled made the meal a lot of enjoyable, saving us the hassle.
Another pasta dish we tried was the classic Spaghetti Carbonara. They make the carbonara sauce here the real Italian way by using just parmesan and egg. We don’t know how they did it, but they managed to make the sauce so rich and smooth without the use of cream! The spaghetti was served to us all beautifully twirled up, and it was almost painful having to untwirl it to eat. The dish was also garnished generously with thick cubes of pancetta, which really went well with the sauce.
We also had 2 pizzas. The first one was the classic Margherita, which is topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Margarita has never been our first choice of pizza as we always found it too plain, but this one was not bad. They were very generous with the amount of cheese and the serving was pretty huge for its cost. Our only complaint would be that the crust is a little too chewy for our liking.
The other pizza served was the Primavera, which is topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket lettuce and shaved parmesan cheese.
The prosciutto used was really fresh and meaty, which is important because it was the backbone of the pizza, and bad prosciutto would just spoil the pizza altogether. They were once again incredibly generous with their toppings, which we loved. However, the same problem again, the crust was a tad bit too chewy for our liking. But overall still a good pizza.
To end off this gastronomic experience, we were served an amazing slice of Tiramisu, which really ended the meal off on a high. The cake was incredibly rich and creamy and was topped off with strawberries and waffle biscuits.
We feel that this place deserves to have a bigger crowd than it already has as the food here is really impeccable. It is a great place with an amazing atmosphere to have a family dinner or a gathering with friends. We hope you will check this place out the next time you are free! Maybe you could even buy yourself a yacht while you’re here.
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La Pizzeria at The Bridge & Beacon Bar
Republic of Singapore Yacht Club
52 West Coast Ferry Road
Tue-Thu & Sun: 18:00-22:00
Fri-Sat, PH and Eve of PH: 18:00-23:00
Contact: 6768 9443