It's been some time since I last dined at Pietrasanta. I've always said I'd return, but that was 2 years ago...well, because the restaurant is so out of the way, and if ever I was hankering Italian, La Strada and Garibaldi were so much more convenient to get to. Then, a work-related get-together brought me back to the best Italian restaurant this side of the island. Apparently, many of my colleagues are huge fans of Pietrasanta.
The Tuscan-styled restaurant looks the same, a rustic kind of charming homely way. Service appears to have stayed the same as well, charming and affable. The menu has largely remained the same, with a few change-ups, I suppose, to keep with the times.
We had an off-menu seasonal, the Burrata ($44), served simply with silky pink ribbons of parma ham, arugula, and fleshy tomatoes.
The Burrata was served separately, a chewy ball of fresh milky goodness. This was one of the best versions around.
A must-try, the Merluzzo al Forno con Vino Blanco Olive Nere e Pomodorini ($35.90) was a hunkydory slab of cod, pan-seared to a gorgeous shade of gold, and dunked in a white wine broth speckled with black olives and Italian tomatoes. The broth was what made this magic, delicate and absolutely scrumptious.
Carb-lovers will likely take to the Fettucine con Salsiccia e Tartufo ($27.90) an intoxicating blend of hand-made pork sausage and black truffle tossed with a rich tomato cream.
The popular Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare ($25.90), a seafood and tomato hodgepodge of shrimp, clams, mussels and squid, was subtly spiked with chilli for a bit of heat.
Freshly baked Foccacia, done pizza style, was well matched with shotglasses of homemade salsa.
5B Portsdown Road
Tel: 6479 9521
Open Wednesdays to Mondays from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner;
Closed on Tuesdays