Spizza Mercato, Capitol Piazza

Capitol Piazza is part of a slew of shiny new malls sprouting up in the downtown City Hall area. Formerly Capitol Theatre, the heritage building has been conserved in all its neo-classical beauty, and is now part of an integrated development comprising a hotel, private residence, commercial offices, and retail mall.

Directly linked to the City Hall MRT station, the mall draws a significant number of foot traffic from commuting passersby. The basement restaurants benefit most, and is where you'll find popular Italian pizzeria chain, Spizza.

I wouldn't venture as far to proclaim Spizza as the best Italian restaurant there is, but like an old pair of sneakers, it's familiar, comforting and reliable. And, for food that more than passes muster, prices are very reasonably affordable.

The delicious Calamari ($13.80), lightly battered squid rings fried to a crisp finish, and served with a piquant pizzaiolo dip, is always a safe bet. This starter is consistently good across all their outlets. 

A vegetarian and Muslim-friendly option, the Margherita ($19), with the trinity of tomato, buffalo mozzarella, and basil, was a classic example of basics done right. Slightly chewy crust imbued with a wonderful smoky char and crisp, this was balanced. 

The Mediterranean-influenced Helena ($18) with grilled chicken in pesto sauce, and red bell peppers, had a more modern appeal.

A must-try and signature here, the Quinta ($19) was an intoxicating blend of a sunny-side up egg, and black truffle paste. To up the ante, I added a favourite topping, ribbons of Parma Ham ($4)

Spizza Mercato
Capitol Piazza B2-52
13 Stamford Road
Tel: 6884 6884
Open daily from 10.30am to 10.30pm
Website: spizza.sg/pages/mercato

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