Homey Italian Food in Serangoon
If you are looking for great Italian food in the heartland, look no further than La Pizzaiola (Serangoon). This outlet, situated at Jalan Riang (a quiet private estate) is a nice escape from the crowds and makes for a lovely date night location.
You can almost imagine strolling into a similar restaurant in Italy itself with the warm, inviting interior, chalkboard menus & fantastic smells drifting out.
Appetisers: One of the BEST Mushroom Soups in SG
We got started with two types of soup – mushroom and pumpkin ($9.90 for each). The soups are somewhat pricey but you certainly get what you pay for.
The mushroom soup was a s(o)uperstar – rich, creamy and full of umami. Even with the creaminess, it did not get gelat at all. There were mushroom bits in the soup which goes to show it is truly made fresh and from scratch. I can confidently say this is one of the best (if not the best) mushroom soup in SG.
The pumpkin soup was thinner and heavily truffled-up. Just look at all the truffle oil on it. If you are a big fan of truffle, you will love this course. Personally it was a bit too overpowering for me.
Appetizers were two veggie courses – baked eggplant ($15.90) and baked mushroom ($17.90).
The eggplant is simply divine. It looks like a lasagne and comes in a cute little baking dish that contains layers of eggplant, garlicky tomato sauce and cheese that all blends together. It is baked until the eggplant almost melts in your mouth. I highly, highly recommend this.
The baked mushrooms were not bad, but expensive for the portion given. Also, it could have been better because when the dish arrived the mozzerella cheese had cooled down somewhat and hence was a bit clumpy. If you had to choose only one appetizer, go for the eggplant instead!! 🙂
Excellent Homemade Pizza
For the main courses, we shared a pizza that everybody could agree on – the Quattro Stagioni ($21.90). We’ve tried various pizzas from La Pizzaiola over the years including the salami (Diavola), seafood (Gamberi e Calamari), meat (Carnivora) and parma ham (Rucola Parma).
Whichever one you want comes down to personal preference because the pizzas are always great quality. The dough is springy and toppings are fresh and generous without being overloaded or soggy. A pizza is also large enough for 2 people to share.
You can tell how popular the pizzas are by the endless stream of delivery orders and boxes stacked up even well through the dinner service.
For pastas, we had the spaghetti vongole ($25.90) from the specials menu and truffle ravioli ($21.90).
The spaghetti was excellent, dressed with a garlickly white wine sauce and a generous amount of clams. Clams were fresh and flavorful, having soaked up all that white wine reduction.
The homemade truffle ravioli in creamy porcini mushroom sauce was great too, definitely another great choice for folks who like strong truffle flavors.
Desserts: Try the Creme Bruleé!
Lastly, no Italian meal is complete without dessert and La Pizzaiola has all the classics ready.
My favorite of the lot was the creme brulee ($10.90) which was rich vanilla custard with a perfectly torched caramel crust. This tastes so close to what you can get in Italy.
The tiramisu ($9.90) was also pretty decent – sufficiently light and not overly sweet.
Finally the melting chocolate cake ($10.90) was very rich and a great choice for chocolate lovers.
All in all, we spent about 40-50 per pax (after ++) after appetizers, main courses and desserts which was pretty decent given the high quality of all courses.
This is definitely one of my go-to places for a truly authentic Italian food in Serangoon. Do give it a try if you are ever in the area!
Rach Recommends: If you still have space after the meal, head over to Wimbly Lu for desserts.