Hilton Singapore may not be that immediate place you would think of when you crave for ‘Italian’, but its flagship restaurant il Cielo does serve some of the best contemporary Italian dishes around.
I am pretty surprised myself. This relatively new restaurant at the 24th of Hilton, which means ‘the sky’, is next to the swimming pool with a beautiful panoramic view of the Orchard Road skyline. Appropriately named. Many may now even know such a place exist, and I could so see this place as that romantic date or wedding anniversary venue.
il Cielo was recently awarded the Ospitalità Italiana Seal of Quality which is a testament to the quality and authenticity of cuisine and service true to the Italian culture. Their pizzas have also been recognized as one of the top 10 think crust pizzas in Singapore by Epicure Asia.
Some traditionalist pan-pizza lovers may frown upon Rome-style variants, but the ‘less carb is better’ person in me much prefers these than the doughy-think-chewy kind. The Bosco ($45), topped with porchini, home-cured Italian sausage and truffle is baked in open fire brick oven. This would please any truffle fan with its elegant fragrance and perfect balanced flavour.
Most skinny pizzas would be just crunchy and brittle (or soggy for the badly made ones). But il Cielo’s version is crispy on its side, but soft and chewy towards the centre where the ingredients are, with that extra bite. I do not know how Chef Omar Bernardi achieves it, but his version of the thin-crust makes better sense with more substance and blend of textures. A testament that simple things can be impressive.
Another signature is its Orata E Branzino ($75), a sea bream fast roasted on olive wood for an earthy relish. If you are a seafood lover who likes your cuisine with its natural flavours locked in, yet without that fishy scent, this should work well for you.
Other specialties from Chef Omar Bernardi include its homemade Burrata mozzarella, special handcraft cured meats and homemade pasta made from rare organic flours. The il Cielo Dessert Sampler ($20) will provide you with its best of tiramisu, chocolate cake, lemon custard cream and panna conna, leaving a sweet touch for this novel Italian experience.
At a price range of $100-$120 per person, save il Cielo for that dinner treat to enjoy with the one you love most, with the modern Orchard Road cityscape as the sundown backdrop.
Il Cielo Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road, Level 24 Hilton Hotel Singapore (Orchard Road MRT), Tel: +6730 3395
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm-2:30pm (Mon-Fri), Dinner 7pm-10:30pm (Mon-Sun), Bar 6pm-12am (Mon-Sun)
Other Italian Restaurant Entries
Da Paolo Bistrobar (Rochester Park)
Caffe B (Marina Bay Sands)
Limoncello Restaurant (Robertson Quay)
Covelli Italian Bistro & Wine Bar (Orchard Central)
Garibaldi (Purvis Street)