17 February, 2007

Italian in the Heart of Holland II

Amici Italian Restaurant in Holland Village exudes a buoyant and cosy ambience perfect for an exhilarating meal regardless of lunch or dinner with your friends and love ones. At Amici, you can also get to dine and watch the chefs create masterpieces in the semi-open kitchen and stone oven.

We started with the Garlic Prawn as starter ($12). And I must say we were pretty surprised that the prawn was cooked in tomato-based rather than a light cream-based sauce, resulting in the lacked of punch from the garlic in this dish.

Since we had a heavy lunch, we decide to share a pizza – the Parma Rucola, a pizza topped with Parma Ham & Arugula (better known as rocket). What is so exceptional about Prosciutto di Parma or Parma Ham is its strictly regulated production. From the breeding and feeding of the pigs, to the gentle salt rugs and the long hanging and curing in progressively warmer aging rooms, each step in the process must meet certain criteria. At the end of the 10 to 12 month aging saga, the five-point ducal crown of Parma is branded into each leg that makes the grade, to distinguish it from other cured hams.

The result is a raw ham, pale pink in colour with a distinctive flavour and a remarkably silky texture. Matched it with my favourite Arugula - herb with a unique spicy and bitter taste, and a dash of cheese powder, makes this Italian pizza a winner. The restaurant is also dedicated to a variety of simple yet satisfying dishes, and some of their popular and award winning dishes include Escargots cooked in Garlic Butter (A dozen for $22), Fresh Baked Oysters with Diced Tomatoes, Spinach, Bacon, Onion, Cream & Cheese (½ dozen for $23), as well as their signature dessert Homemade Tiramisu ($9).

Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Ambience: 4.5/5
Price: 4/5

Total: 15.5/20
275 Holland Ave,
Holland Village

Singapore 278993

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