Roberta’s is a well-known New York pizza house which started in a warehouse in the Brooklyn area in 2007
It has made its way into Marina Bay Sands for a while now, serving thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas to Singaporeans at a decent price. Well, considering MBS.
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The 40-seater Singapore outlet is its first outside the United States.
They do not accept reservations. Thankfully, the wait wasn’t overly long (like 10-15 minutes?), considering I visited during the weekends. (Perhaps because less people would want counter seating – which I prefer.)
I counted just 10 pizza flavours on the menu, which could be a sign of quality over quantity and being focused.
So more pastas here, though there were a couple of salads such as Smashed Cucumbers ($12), Green Lettuce Salad ($12), and Chicory Salad ($12).
The Green Lettuce Salad with sea lettuce vinaigrette, lemon, caper breadcrumb and pecorino made a refreshing balance to the heavier-going pizzas.
They are known for their wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, which start from $20 for 12-inches.
Choices include Lamb of God ($29) (yeah, I stared a while at the name), New York Famous Original ($29), Margherita ($24), and Cheesus Christ ($27).
Some of the other choices are more focused on specific flavours. The Lamb of God ($29), as the name suggests, uses a lamb tomato sauce, lamb sausage, ricotta and parmigiano. Cheesus Christ ($27) will spoil you with mozzarella, taleggio, parmigiano and heavy cream.
At Roberta’s, it is recommended to go straight for the Famous Original ($26), the signature flavour that has kept celebrities like Beyonce going back for more.
The simple tomato sauce is packed with mozzarella, parmigiano and caciocavallo, with oregano and chilli for an additional dimension.
The New York Famous Original ($29) uses the same ingredients, but with the addition of slices of calabrese salami, a premium alternative to pepperoni.
The crust was thin, crispy at parts, slightly charred on the edges, and there was a certain fluffiness-meets-chewiness which I enjoyed. Though I had a friend who mentioned it was a not quite the same as the ones back in Brooklyn.
The toppings were not too bad as well, though I wished portions were more generous.
Bee Sting ($28) is another signature of the pizza joint. With the same tomato and mozzarella base, there are generous slices of calabrese salami with basil, chilli & honey.
Each bite of the pizza is said to be spicy, savoury and sweet all at once.
One thing to mention was the loud, pulsating music.
It seemed to make every work flip pizzas faster at a rhythmic pace, and the customers eat faster. Just saying, but it probably added to the New York-ish vibes.
Marina Bay Sands B1-45, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018972
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
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* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.