Feature: Pamper Your Mom at Limoncello This Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day only a month away, it’s the perfect time to start planning for the mothers we so loved. “A memorable dining experience is not just about good food, but also about a pleasant dining environment.” And Italian Restaurant, Limoncello offers just that. With an al fresco dining area with a serene view of the Singapore River, Limoncello’s very own stone pizza oven (it can’t get more authentic than this), and a cascading waterfall within the restaurant’s premise, it’s hard not to simply relish and soak into the restaurant’s homely atmosphere.

Now that we are done with the formalities, time to score the dishes.

Portobello Al Tartufo
Oven baked Portobello mushroom with sautéed spinach and truffle sauce

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First up, the Portobello Al Tartufo for antipasti (starters in Italian). The over-baked mushroom was cooked to a tender perfection with fresh sautéed spinach and drizzled generously with truffle sauce. I mean, wow. I’m no fan of truffle sauce, but this sealed the deal for me. The truffle sauce with spinach was very rich and compliments the portobello mushroom perfectly. The mushroom was soft and slightly chewy, making it easy for people with braces – me. It’s dangerous to set the mark so high right from the first dish, but I knew that I’m in for a treat for the rest of the night.

Sauté Vongole 
Clams sautéed with white wine sauce

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Second antipasti, Sauté Vongole. I’m no big fan of clams either but cooking the clams with butter and a dose of white wine certainly did the trick for me. The taste of sea is retained in the clams; not too overpowering like those you find at the normal restaurants, but not too faint that either. I like that garlic was added to give the dish some punch. Vietnamese clams are fresh, sweet and juicy. No complaints from me.

Customers choose between two mains; Fettuccine Con Frattaglie Di Wagyu and Branzio Al Sale.

Fettuccine Con Frattaglie Di Wagyu
Fettuccine with mushrooms and sliced wagyu beef in natural juice

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First main, the Fettuccine Con Frattaglie Di Wagyu. Unlike the antipasti that fires up the taste buds, the fettuccine (organic – health enthusiasts take note!) is just right. Slices of wagyu beef lends their savoury taste to the natural juices used to flavour the dish. The fettuccine is done al-dente – chewy to the bite. Might not be the thing for people looking for flavourful burst of taste palates, but perfect for the moms who are watching the waist lines, and love a clean yet a hearty main course with tender wagyu beef.

Branzio Al Sale
Salt-baked Catch of the Day

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Second main, Branzio Al Sale, Salt-baked Catch of the Day. We had Sea Bass for the Catch of the Day. The fish is baked with rock salt from the ocean bed, as I was told. Unlike the processed salt that you have, rock salt lends a gentle flavour without overpowering the taste of the fish; thus bringing out the sweetness in the fish. The fish is baked for 30 minutes; thus sealing the fresh flavour of the seas within the fish – you can literally taste it’s freshness. All I can say is go with the fish!

Customers choose between two desserts; Limoncello Cake and Tiramisu.

Limoncello Cake
Cake with liqueur, almonds and white chocolate

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As the name goes, the Limoncello Cake is one of Limoncello’s signature dessert. And it’s not too hard to guess why. The cake is warm and buttery, making it a welcoming after-meal treat. Infused with Limoncello liqueur, the cake is not too sweet. The texture is soft while the lemon and orange rinds and crushed almonds lend a nice texture to the cake.

Tiramisu
Ladyfingers dipped in espresso and amaretto with Mascarpone Cheese

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And of course, who doesn’t like a good Tiramisu? The cream used for the tiramisu is subtly sweet and very smooth, adding to the richness of the amaretto and espresso.

Verdict: I think Limoncello is definitely value-for-money for those who crave authentic and good Italian food. It’s hard to find an Italian eatery that fits within the (middle class) budget, which gives Limoncello many plus points. The downside however is that it may be difficult to find the restaurant on your first attempt. Prepare your Google map. Other than that, this Italian restaurant is a (hidden) gem.

Menu Selection A ($148++ for two)

  • Limoncello Spritz (complimentary welcome drink)
  • Portobello Al Tartufo & Sauté Vongole
  • Fettucine Con Frattaglie di Wagyu paired with Riparosso Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
  • Limoncello Cake or Tiramisu

Menu Selection B ($168++ for two)

  • Limoncello Spritz (complimentary welcome drink)
  • Portobello Al Tartufo & Sauté Vongole
  • Branzino Al Sale paired with Calanchi di Vaiano Chardonnay
  • Limoncello Cake or Tiramisu

Limoncello Pizza & Grill is located at 95 Robertson Quay, #01-19/20, S 235256. Reservations can be made at +65 6634 5117 or limoncellosg@gmail.com.

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