PocoLoco Pizzeria – Italian food at Golden Mile Tower

Breaking the clutter in what is known as Little Thailand or Golden Mile Tower is an Italian joint called PocoLoco Pizzeria. It is situated right in front of the escalator that goes down from the Rex Cinemas entrance. They have a long counter which enables you to see the chefs busy at work and the dining seats are spread out in the open. This fuss-free outlet serves quality Italian food at affordable prices. At a place that spoils you for choice in terms of Thai food, PocoLoco Pizzeria was a pleasant find. This Golden Mile Tower outlet essentially specializes in pizzas. They have other outlets in Ang Mo Kio and Jurong. Since this outlet has a limited number of seats, it is better to reserve in advance in case of a slightly larger group (more than 4 pax).

PocoLoco Pizzeria

PocoLoco Pizzeria

The Orders
The menu has the standard offerings but I missed the ‘V’ symbol clearly demarcating the vegetarian dishes. Having said that, there are quite a few options for vegetarians and they are open to a reasonable customization of pizza toppings which was nice. Apart from the standard menu, they also have daily specials mentioned on the blackboard placed at the front of the restaurant.

To begin the meal on a warm note, we tried the ‘Mushroom Soup’. It had an earthy flavour and was well-seasoned. It was a decent and simple dish.

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup at $4


Since we were informed that the main courses would take some time, we decided to try the ‘Garlic Bread Pomodoro’. The thing to note here is that this is served in the form of a pizza and is placed under the ‘Pizzas’ section on their menu. So you have to imagine this as bread that can be consumed with soup or a bruschetta serving that can be shared. It works as an appetizer and not as a pizza since it does not have toppings or cheese.
Garlic Bread Pomodoro

Garlic Bread Pomodoro at $5


The vegetarian pizza that we ordered was the ‘Ortolana Pizza’. I was able to customize the mixed vegetable toppings with some standard options like onions, bell peppers, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. When the pizza arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see a colored pizza dough base. We got a red color base which was from the usage of beetroot. Upon inquiring, I got to know that they serve different colors on other days of the week and that was quite whimsical. The quality of mozzarella cheese used was very good and the toppings were top-notch. The 10-inch pizza had a crisp crust and is worth ordering.
Ortolana Pizza

Ortolana Pizza at $12


If you are a cheese lover, try the ‘Bella Italian’ pizza. This pizza will tease you with a dual combination of melted mascarpone and mozzarella cheese. The easy to spread tomato sauce on the base was good and enhanced the overall taste of the pizza. The quality of cheese used in their pizzas is really good. For the fresh burrata cheese lovers, do not miss on the ‘Caprese’ pizza which is rightly marked as the chef’s recommendation on the menu.
Bella Italian

Bella Italian at $13


For the pasta dish, we tried the ‘Pesto Pasta’. The pasta was cooked al dente and the pesto was smooth and coated the pasta perfectly. Personally, I think the dish needed a touch more seasoning.
Pesto

Pesto at $9


It’s very tough for me not to order the ‘Tiramisu’ at a Italian joint. This Tiramisu had a smooth and soft texture and came garnished with cacao powder. The presence of Italian sweet liqueur in the bottom-most layer was distinct and the dessert was delicious on the whole.
Tiramisu

Tiramisu at $6


The ‘Crème brûlée’ had a layer of burnt caramel on the top that could be cut into easily. The egg custard was creamy and red vanilla beans were used for a fragrant taste. If you are not a fan of a strong taste of eggs when used in desserts, then it’s better not to order this dessert.
Crème brûlée

Crème brûlée at $5


For quality Italian food that is value for money, for friendly service and for their rainbow dough pizzas, PocoLoco Pizzeria is absolutely worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway
Address: 6001 Beach Road, #B1-65/66 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589
Timings: Mon-Sun: 12pm – 3pm , 6pm – 10pm
Website: https://pocoloco.com.sg/
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Yellow Cab Pizza Co – Citylink Mall

Pizza fans can rejoice as Yellow Cab Pizza Co have opened their first outlet in Singapore. Situated in the busy Citylink Mall, this joint serves New York-style pizzas and is quite visible with a signature yellow and black colored board. The restaurant is styled in a quirky manner with metal furnishings and using black and white as the primary colors. The traffic signal wall seems to make a statement like ‘Your pizza will be worth your wait’. They have an interesting promo running on weekdays during lunch time. For 2 pax – any 10″ pizza + full pasta + 2 sodas at $25 which is steal deal.

Yellow Cab Pizza counter

Yellow Cab Pizza counter


Traffic signal decor

Traffic signal decor

The Orders
Their menu clearly states the standard vegetarian options as well as the dishes that can be customized to suit vegetarian dietary needs. I find this a good practice so that one does not need to separately inquire each time.

Yellow Cab Pizza menu

Yellow Cab Pizza menu


We were in the mood for pizza and promptly ordered the 10″ ‘Garden Special’ from the menu. The pizza is crisp and slightly charred in the bottom and with gooey cheese on the top. There are a generous amount of toppings of fresh ingredients and we really enjoyed the pizza. The Garden Special contains tomatoes, olives, bell peppers, mushrooms and onions as toppings. The pizza size is substantial, so if your ordering one 14″ pizza, it is more than sufficient for 2 pax else go for two 10″ pizzas to have some variety in the order. They have a pizza stand to place the pizza which makes it convenient for service.
Garden Special Pizza

Garden Special Pizza


In Italian food, the thrill is to get a perfect pasta. Even if it is a simple ‘Aglio Olio’. The pasta was well-done, drizzled with olive oil and topped off with basil and sundried tomatoes. To add to this, it was well-seasoned. This pasta bursts with flavor and I really enjoyed it.
Veg Aglio Olio

Veg Aglio Olio


They need to work on their service staff being more responsive and aware of the restaurant promos. If the common issues in the starting phase are smoothed and with good Italian casual dining ambiance and food in place, Yellow Cab Co. is a nice place to unwind and also works for takeaways. Wishing all the readers a very Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Esplanade
Address: B1-01/02 CityLink Mall, 1 Raffles Link, Singapore 039393
Timings: Mon-Thu: 11am – 10pm ; Fri-Sun: 11am – 10.30pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/yellowcabpizzasg/

Cicheti – Kandahar Street

There is no dearth of Italian restaurants in Singapore. And making the Kampong Glam area cooler with its hipster vibes and quirky decor is Cicheti located in the bustling Kandahar Street. It is a two-storey shophouse bedecked with oak tables and warm lights. For large groups, it is better to hit the second floor for privacy and it is recommended that you make advance reservations. And if you are really looking for the weekend vibes, then the rooftop patio is ideal.

The Orders
For the appetizers, we ordered the ‘Onion and Garlic Flatbread’ for a light start to the meal. The advantage of Italian flatbreads is that their surface gives room for toppings and dips to be spread on them easily. The Cicheti version was very good with the dip enhancing the taste.

Onion and garlic flatbread

Onion and garlic flatbread at $7


The menu contains a plethora of options in the form of 10 inch Napoletana pizzas lovingly made in their wood-fired ovens. For vegetarians, the restaurant was open to customization. We ordered the ‘Pollo Pizza’ without the chicken. The pizzas were nicely charred with the wood-fired spots on the crust looking perfect. The almond pesto acted as the perfect base to the greens and onions and every bite was savored with delight.
Pollo Pizza

Pollo Pizza at $25


For the cheese lovers, the ‘Quattro Formaggi’ is worth trying. The traditional four cheese pizza contained a winning combination of parmesan, gorgonzola, ricotta and fior de latte and aided in bringing a creamy lusciousness to every bite.
Quattro Formaggi

Quattro Formaggi at $22


The pastas are handmade and we tried the ‘Gnocchi’. The earthy flavour of mushrooms blended with the creaminess of ricotta cheese and was decent but not something to rave about. Personally, I missed a pasta with veggies as an option on their menu.
Gnocchi

Gnocchi at $26


One of the most interesting desserts was the ‘Panna Cotta with Rhubarb garnish’ with its perfect texture. The rhubarb gave a fresh flourish to creaminess the base and was extremely tasty.
Panna cotta with rhubarb granita

Panna cotta with rhubarb granita at $12.5


Filled with cocoa crumble and almond paste, the ‘Crack Pie’ was rich and dense. The vanilla ice cream served alongside was just nice to make this whole dessert come together.
Crack pie

Crack pie at $12.5


The ‘Warm chocolate cake’ was a safe dessert and pretty standard fare. The chocolate lovers will like it.
Warm molten chocolate cake

Warm molten chocolate cake at $12.5


You can’t go to an Italian joint and not order the ‘Tiramisu’. This version was soft and creamy with a very smooth finish.
Tiramisu

Tiramisu at $12.5


For its wood-fired pizzas, for its good service and for celebrating special occasions or just catching up with friends, Cicheti is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Address: 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901
Timings: Mon-Fri: 12pm – 2.30pm , 6.30pm – 10.30pm ; Sat: 6pm – 10.30pm
Website: http://www.cicheti.com/

Lucca’s Trattoria – Robertson Quay

With Italian restaurants spread all across the red dot island, it would take some thought and planning to open a new restaurant serving this cuisine. My wanderings this time led me to Lucca’s Trattoria, a quaint and rustic eatery located in Robertson Quay. The quadrangle is filled with restaurants – and a lot of people! The moment you enter the restaurant, what strikes you is the long wooden paneled counter, the huge display of wine bottles, the red-checkered table cloths and counter design. The decor definitely helps in setting up a calm, no-frills and private atmosphere. The counter has a light display which shows the trademark Italian specialties they offer and states that they make everything in-house from scratch.

luccas trattoria

Lucca’s Trattoria


Lucca's counter

Lucca’s counter

The Orders
While trying Italian cuisine, I like to go for the quintessential classic – pizza. Since they focus extensively in this cuisine, they have a wide range of options on their menu. We ordered the ‘Vegetariano Supremo’ which contained bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, grilled zucchini, artichoke, onion and rucola leaves. The special pizza grade flour is imported from Italy. The pizza is made in the open kitchen on a oak table top. The crust had a substantial bite to it and the pizza tasted great. It is available in two sizes in case you want to share. There was authenticity in the taste of the sauce too. The house-made pastas are also quite popular at this joint.

Vegetariano Supremo

Vegetariano Supremo at $21


For my drink, I ordered the ‘Apple Juice’ and steered away from the classic red wine pairing for a change. The juice was refreshing and had the subtle taste of apple to the amount I like.
Apple juice

Apple juice


What ultimately stood out in this place were the desserts. This course transported me to Italy as the taste felt authentic and the chef exactly knew the process for making it in a true Italian style. The item definitely not to be missed is ‘Lucca’s Tiramisu’. They make it using Lady’s Fingers soaked in Sicilian marsala wine and espresso. The mascarpone cheese was dense and every bite was like a dream. Overall, it was lush and boozy – and highly recommended.
Lucca's Tiramisu

Lucca’s Tiramisu at $10


Another yielding to temptation happened after seeing their extensive gelato counter. Prepared by Italian-trained gelato chefs, this has some new flavours that looked exciting. One of my favourites has been the ‘Chocolate Orange’ combination and the gelato was extremely good. The dark chocolate was bitter with the notes of orange cutting through it with elan. Savour every bite of this when you try it!
Chocolate Orange Gelato

Chocolate Orange Gelato


This is a restaurant that aims to bring Tuscany fare to the forefront in Singapore. The real connoisseurs can tell how much they have succeeded in doing that successfully. If you are looking for a nice evening in a homely Italian setting with authentic taste, this place won’t disappoint. They have lunch promo deals at $15 and also a tasting menu that looks promising as a promotional offer. For good service, great Italian desserts, hand-made gelatos, Luccca’s Trattoria is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay
Address: Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995
Timings: Mon-Thu: 12pm – 11pm ; Fri-Sat: 12pm – 1am ; Sun: 11.30am – 11pm
Website: http://luccastrattoria.com/

The Pizza Collective – Bugis Plus

Nowadays, food and technology have started to integrate in the dining scene. You can place orders using an iPad and self-payments can be done via kiosks. I happened to visit one such place called The Pizza Collective situated conveniently in Bugis Plus. Though they have a limited selection of pizzas on the menu, they offer customization of your pizzas with unlimited toppings at the same price. That is quite a steal and this ordering model is also very conducive for takeaways. They also have a limited seating space where you can enjoy your pizza with a drink. What is also worth a mention is their flowchart handout of the ordering process which helps customers who are new to the kiosk ordering method.

Pizza Collective kiosk

Pizza Collective kiosk


Pizza Collective handout

Pizza Collective handout

The Orders
This place focuses on piping hot pizzas using fresh ingredients. The customization model helps in you building your own vegetarian pizza. Right from the dough, to the type of crust, toppings, and drizzles have variety. The pizza turned out to be very good and I went for onions, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers and zucchini as the toppings. A 10.5″ inch pizza priced at $12 is worth it. They also have dessert pizzas as options which I plan to try next time. You can also pair your pizza with a soft drink.

Vegetarian pizza

Vegetarian pizza at $12


Soft drink

Soft drink


For its central location, for its wallet-friendly good pizzas and for quick takeaways, the Pizza Collective is a totally recommended option.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Address: Bugis+ #01-12, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://www.thepizzacollective.com/

Motorino Pizza – Clarke Quay

The hub of nightlife in Singapore is Clarke Quay and the place is frequented by locals as well as tourists. Located right opposite the club Pump Room is this quiet place called Motorino Pizza serving good Italian food. Now, pizzas have come a long way with artisanal pizzas currently being the trend. Motorino has a huge wood fired oven that is fascinating to see in their open-concept kitchen display.

Motorino oven

Motorino oven

The Orders
For the pizzas, we went with the traditional vegetarian ‘Margherita Pizza’. Right from the time the pizza arrived on the table, there was a good feeling about it. The crust was thin and delicious. The tomato sauce used as the base was extremely authentic. They have a variety of toppings that can be added on the top of the traditional pizza out of which we picked onions. The char on the pizza was just right and this is one pizza worth ordering.

Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza at $22


We tried the‘Cappuccino’ as we needed the caffeine dose. It packed the necessary punch of an espresso and was well made.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino at $5.50


We tried our favourite Italian dessert – the ‘Tiramisu’ to end things on a sweet note. The dessert did not disappoint. Rich and unctuous without being cloying, the tiramisu hit all the right notes.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu at $12


For getting a quiet dinner in the vibrant setting of Clarke Quay, for a gathering with a large group of friends, for authentic wood-fired pizzas and for friendly service, Motorino is worth a shot!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay
Address: 3A River Valley Road, Merchant’s Court, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11.30am – 11pm
Website: http://www.motorinopizza.com/singapore/singapore

Alt. Pizza – Suntec City Tower 4

Opened at Suntec Tower 4 is this chic and cool place called Alt. Pizza which is bound to catch attention thanks to its “different” quotient. When I visited the place on a Friday evening, it looked like a party was set to begin. Inside the restaurant, the decor was eclectic – I even spotted some quirky Bruce Lee hoardings. If I looked outside, I could see the cab stand and watch the cabs whiz by. A perfect dine-in restaurant where you can relax in spite of the world rushing by in front of you. That’s how my evening began…

Alt pizza glass

Alt pizza glass

On the menu, they have appetizers, signature pizzas and DIY pizzas. The ‘build-your-own’ pizza is an interesting addition as it allows you to choose toppings and sauce of your liking. A menu with smart captions always works for me and they had rightly called it ‘Frills with Thrills’. As a vegetarian, it was like a breath of fresh air to see varied offerings on their menu for pizza toppings. There is a form placed on the table where you can tick in your order and it will be collected from you.

Alt pizza cutlery

Alt pizza cutlery

The Orders
We decided to stick to the signature pizzas as it was our first outing to this place. We ordered the ‘Garth Fader’ pizza as we were intrigued by its description. It is topped with red pepper cream sauce, mozzarella, smoked cheddar, toasted pine nuts, roasted onion, artichoke hearts and cherry tomato. The thin crust pizza was delicious – and right from our first bite we knew that our meal was going to be a happy meal.

Garth Fader

Garth Fader at $14


Our next order was the ‘Lean and Green Pizza’ which had a fascinating set of toppings. When it was served on the table, I was happy seeing the colours of spinach, roasted squash and broccoli. It was such a welcome break from the usual vegetarian pizzas that I had seen earlier and I quite liked the look of it. Every bite of this pizza was crunchy and tasty. From the look and taste of the pizzas, I felt that they were wood-fired. I would highly recommend this.

Lean and green pizza

Lean and green pizza at $12


If you are looking for a pizza place to hang out after work or catch up with friends, then this fits the bill to the tee. For its relaxed vibe, for its varied vegetarian offerings and toppings, for its wallet-friendly prices and for its friendly serving staff, Alt. Pizza is totally worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Address:Suntec City Tower 4, #01-602, Singapore 038983
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://altpizza.com.sg/