The Italian restaurant in Singapore that earned quite positive reviews late is Osteria Art, by restaurateur Beppe De Vito who is also behind il Lido, Latteria Mozzarella Bar, and &Sons.
Osteria Art seem to tick the right boxes – a convenient location within CBD at Raffles Place Market Street; classy décor with fine-dining restaurant flair; professional service (especially somewhat tougher to find in Singapore) and reasonably priced Italian cuisine.
Add a touch of glamour.
There are three things I would like to highlight first.
Perhaps the encouraging recommendations created a higher than usual expectation. We ordered a $32 ‘Power Lunch’ which might not provide a fair overview of its standard and potential. And there are indeed many other Italian restaurants in Singapore which do provide quality food.
The 3-course lunch at Osteria Art came with a starter of Pumpkin Soup with Almonds or Seafood & Cherry Tomato Salad; main of Spaghetti Norma with Smoked Cheese, Sea Bass or Lamb T-Bones with Mash Potatoes; and a dessert of Pineapple Cake. With coffee or tea.
Some parts we liked: ingredients tasted fresh, the pasta had an agreeable chewy bite, and price-point was very reasonable.
The main element that could be lacking was the robustness and layering of flavours somewhere, somehow. The fish with zucchini for example, was flat-tasting, too straight-forward, bordering on ordinary. Was there a standout dish? Perhaps not yet.
We foresee Osteria Art would become a favourite dining venue for business lunches, and has certainly far more potential than just this. An elevation in the taste component would be that next step.
55 Market Street, Singapore 048941 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 68776933
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 12am (Mon-Fri), 6pm – 12am (Sat), Closed Sun