Hidden deep in the wooded Portsdown Road lies Pietrasanta, a cosy little restaurant awash with a convivial trattoria vibe. They hardly ever get foot traffic, so the fact that they're always full says volumes about their food. Portions may be a tad on the small-ish end of things, but price points are competitive enough, especially when the food is this good.
Service was excellent, we were attended to with such intimate warmth and attention, we felt like the only 2 persons in the whole restaurant.
For sure we'll be back.
The dinner started off on a high with the Carne Marinata al Rosmarino Parmigiano e Tartufo Nero ($20.90) fine shavings of beef tenderloin fragranced with black truffle pate, arugula, parmesan and lashings of extra virgin olive oil.
The Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci ($19.90), a quartet of dumplings fat with creamy ricotta cheese and spinach, and slathered in a sage-scented butter sauce, was incredibly well-balanced. Never once did this get cloying.
The sunny-hued Risotto Zafferano e Midollo ($23.90), looks simple but oh boy was it delicious. Bloated with a really good stock base, and finished off with saffron, the risotto was sided by a grilled bone marrow that was scrumptious to the bone.
The off-menu Cheese Platter ($28.90) featured Italian classics like parmesan, blue, chilli-spiced parmesan and cheddar, which were highlighted by herbed crostini and raspberry compote.
The complimentary Bread Basket with disappointingly tepid Foccacia Balls, which were tasty but would have been much better warm. At least it paired with a refreshingly chilled salsa.
5B Portsdown Road #01-03
Tel: 6479 9521
Open weekdays from 11.45am to 4.30pm for lunch; 5.45pm to 10.30pm for dinner
weekends from 11.45am to 3.45pm for lunch; 5.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner
Closed on Tuesdays