Singapore: Trattoria Milano, Upper Bukit Timah

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A few months ago, while I was still writing for Openrice Singapore, I wrote an article on Trattoria Milano‘s signature dish (Squid Ink Ravioli in Capsicum Sauce) which can be found here.

It was only recently that I returned here to try out some of their other dishes that they had on offer with the family in tow.

Headed by 56 year old Chef Domenico Truglia who has had 30 years of culinary experience, the whole experience of Trattoria Milano is akin to that of dining in the home of an Italian family. And really, there’s really nothing like going to a restaurant where soothing Italian music (more on that in a short while) is piped in, where the wife of the host is in charge of front of house and homely Italian favourites are served.

As a matter of fact, the phrase “a home away from home” perfectly describes the experience here.

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The complimentary bread, as Chef Domenico proudly declares, is home made on a daily basis. Nothing to really shout about but the fact that it is home made, sure beats restaurants that cater theirs from third parties, no?

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The Fettuccine alla Piedmontese was the first pasta that the table ordered. Al dente Fettuccine served in a fairly light cream sauce with mushrooms & tender beef tenderloin strips ensured that lunch was proceeding on a good note.

A drizzle of a little bit of truffle oil completed the dish. Chef did comment that some diners have requested for truffle slices to be shaved on top of the pasta instead of the truffle oil. (Additional charges apply)

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The next pasta that the table ordered was a traditional Beef Bolognese.

It was a decent Fettuccine dish – nothing to complain, nothing to wax lyrically of. Just simple, comfort food

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No wood-fired pizzas here, but the pizza at Milano was a break away from the monotony of just pastas!

The centre was rather soggy but the chef was rather generous with his ingredients.

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An additional main course was ordered to be shared amongst the table.

This was one of the specials of the day – 2 pork sausages baked in a dish with tomatoes, olives and onions (plenty of them)

Again, just like the pizza, this was rather run-of-the-mill.

My humble opinion? Stick to their pastas.

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Desserts are fairly limited here. You have your panna cotta or tiramisu.

I like the Tiramisu here; It isn’t too sweet for one and two, the ratio of coffee and brandy was perfect.

Before I leave you, recall the soothing Italian music that I mentioned earlier? Here’s a small heads up, Unknown to many, the music played in the background is that of non-other than that of Chef Domenico’s own. Chef Domenico has cut three albums and three singles in Italy. Now, do you see why dining here is akin to that in an Italian home?

If you do visit Trattoria Milano, go in with the proper expectations and you will not be disappointed! There were hits and misses, but I was not disappointed one bit. I like their pastas and the homely service and cozy ambience of the restaurant (if only there were home made varieties of pasta available)

Trattoria Milano

3 Chu Lin Road
Singapore 669890

Lunch 12pm to 2.30pm (last order)
Dinner 6.00pm to 10.30pm (last order)
(Closed on Mondays)

Phone: (65) 6760 3534



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