An addition to the string of restaurants The Lo & Behold Group has under its belt, Extra Virgin Pizza is located on the ground floor of Tower One of Asia Square along Marina View at Marina Bay in the heart of the CBD.
Its somewhat cheeky name is actually a reference to the quality and purity of extra virgin olive oil. Extra Virgin pizzas are handmade with globally sourced premium ingredients and baked to order in twin brick ovens. Untainted by artificial ingredients, Extra Virgin uses Italian double-zero flour, California organic Saporito tomatoes, and premium imported cheeses and toppings.
The entirely al fresco dining area that seats 50 guests, is decked with high tables and stools with a thin cushion.
Strawberry Basil ($6 per glass, $15 per jug)
The housemade sodas are refreshing with a zing!
Classic Caesar Salad $14, add Chicken $3
Romaine, e.g.v.b. croutons, parmigiano crisps, anchovy dressing
Two choices of salads are available: Baby Arugula Salad and Classic Caesar Salad. I ordered the Classic Caesar Salad, which comprises of romaine lettuce, croutons, parmigiano crisps and drizzled with a delicious anchovy dressing. You may top up an additional $3 for a few pieces of chicken breasts; they are dry and tasteless –more anchovy dressing will help add flavour and moisten them up! The croutons are of an unconventional size, which was a little too large for a mouthful.
Veal & Ricotta Meatballs $15
Tomato sauce, provolone, basil
For starters, the Veal & Ricotta Meatballs is a dish I did not regret ordering. Sizeable meatballs that are moist and tender are submerged in a nice blend of tomato sauce, provolone and basil. Although the tomato base is a tad salty, the dish on the whole hits the right spots with bold flavours.
Prosciutto & Arugula $26
Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, baby arugula, parmigiano reggiano
If you’re a fan of cured ham, you can try the Prosciutto & Arugula pizza. The crust is baked with a thin coating of tomato sauce and mozzarella before topping it with thinly sliced prosciutto di parma and fresh baby arugula, finished off with grated parmigiano reggiano to connote a garden scene. The ham isn’t too salty and their preparation method brings out its natural premium qualities without drying it out in the oven.
Sausage & Capsicum $24
Tomato, mozzarella, house-made pork sausage, roasted capsicum, parsley
I also tried the Sausage & Capsicum pizza, composed of house-made pork sausage and roasted capsicum with a dash of fine parsley on a customary tomato base crust, all bind together in mozzarella. I wouldn’t say this pizza was mind-blowing, but it didn’t taste bad –after we peel off the burnt bits.
Nutella Panna Cotta $8
The highlight of our meal was desserts. The simplicity of this Panna Cotta allows the Nutella flavour to take centre stage. Its velvety smooth custard is not too rich and it is so addictive I could go for seconds!
The Tiramisu didn’t disappoint one bit! Carefully layered with ladyfingers, espresso liqueur and mascarpone, this dessert stirs up visual excitement before digging into a soft and comforting goodness.
The restaurant was relatively quiet when we were there as we went during office hours, which worked to our advantage, as service was prompt and attentive.
Extra Virgin Pizzas is a middle-ground alternative to the mass-market chain pizzerias and expensive semi-fine dining pizza restaurants. They didn’t manage to impress me with the small selection of 10 pizzas, and out of which the 2 pizzas I ordered didn’t score high points. I wouldn’t consider Extra Virgin to be my top choice for pizzas, but perhaps in time to come when they have a wider selection of pizzas with new inventive toppings, I will return.
Disclaimer: This was an invited tasting.
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