Ricciotti is a modern Italian Restaurant that brought the concept of 'cucina nostrana' (warmth of eating Italian) dining experience in metropolitan setting. Like many Italian Restaurants, they specialises in pizza, pasta and grill.
|Ricciotti @ China Square Central|
Frankly one of the reason that we visited this outlet in China Square Central are due to the most inviting offer of One for One on their selected pasta and pizza selection. This promotion is valid on Mon – Thu: 3pm – 21.30 and all day Saturday. This attractive promotion is actually on top of their already reasonably priced menu.
While we are waiting for the others to arrive, we ordered Caprese Salad ($14.50). This salad took a simple form of combination of Mozarella cheese slices with tomatoes and fresh basil, topped with olive oil and cracked black pepper. For this dish to work, it required that all the ingredients to be fresh, and Ricciotti deliver on this. It is a simple yet refreshing salad. Those who do not like strong flavour cheese, you should give this a try, as it has a similar texture to a tofu.
When our group of food gobbles arrived, we decided to share the dishes. For Pizza, Al Crudo ($25.50), Salame ($22.50), Salmone ($27.90) and Pizzotto ($23.50). Based on the offer, we only have to paid the two highest value pizza, which is the Salmone and Alcrudo.
All of the pizzas come with a consistent thin crust, with thick and generous fillings and toppings. Al Crudo simple combination Parma ham and Rucola is just simply delicious, it seems that nothing can goes wrong with Parma ham. Pizzotto can be consider a pizza version of breakfast, where you can find the familiar taste of egg and bacon. While Salame is traditional favourite, of spicy salami and cheese. The only pizza that not to my taste is the Salmone. It seems that my taste buds can't get along with capers. So this is the least favourite pizza for me.
We also ordered the pasta to share. Starting from traditional Fettuccine Alla Bolognese ($19.50), Lingueti Pesto ($18.50) to more modern pasta like Fusilli Gorgonzola ($25.50) and Linguine Granchio ($22.50). Each of the pasta dish are cook to al dente. For those who prefer creamy and stronger cheese flavour you will like Fusilli Gorgonzola. It is creamy and the cheese flavour is very strong and pungent. Similar to blue cheese flavour.
For crab lover, Linguine Granchi is like the italian creamy version of chilli crab, however you don't need to use your fingers as the crab meat has been picked for you. The sauce is creamy, with subtle level of spiciness from the chilli to accompany the fresh crab meat. Yum! This is actually the second time we try this dish.
The Bolognese sauce is thick and nicely coated the fettuccine like it hanging on for its life. However, taste wise, it is missing the punch from the long time simmering process for my preference. The pesto sauce looks light, healthy however it is flavourful with a packed punches. We later found out was due to sundried tomato. No wonder we like it so much, one of our favourite ingredient is in it.
|Fettuccine Alla Bolognese|
I actually manage to get a taste of Grilled USDA Sirloin Steak, 250 gram ($23.50). The steak is plated on bed of mash potatoes, salads and serve on ceramic baking dish with Truffle with veal jus sauce. Cooked to medium rare, the sirloin is well seasoned, but it is tough and difficult to chew. The mash potatoes is thick and lumpy. You can say that this is the most disappointing dish of the day.
|Grilled USDA Sirloin Steak|
The service is friendly and patience. On Saturday lunch time, there were only about 5 tables occupied. We do not have to wait long for our food and it came on regular interval. A good gap between the pizza and pasta.
The setting of the restaurant is quite modern, with open concept. There is no door / window separating the indoor and outdoor dining in one unit of the restaurant, while the other unit has a clear glass window separating the kitchen and desserts counter from outdoor dining. The walls are decorated with menu of the day, shelf of products that their use and desserts counter in another end. No table cloths are used, instead they use printed brown paper with Ricciotti logo.
Overall, we find the food in Ricciotti is very enjoyable. The quality of the food are good and consistent. Best of all is the one for one promotion, it is just value for money. We hope they will continue this promotion for many months to come. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 8/10
Ambiance: 7/10Budget per Person: $26 - $50
Ricciotti @ China Square Central
20 Upper Circular Road
#B1-49/50 The Riverwalk
Tel: 6533 9060
OH: Daily 11.30 - 23.00