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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Dinner at Vita Italia Restaurant @ Chinatown

38 Mosque Street, Singapore 049516
Tel: 6220 0093

If you are looking for a cosy, homely Italian restaurant for hearty Italian food with utterly hospitable service, look no further. Vita Italia is a quaint Italian restaurant located at Mosque Street, tastefully decorated in understated elegance and well-spaces tables.

"Vita" means life, living in Italian, so dining here basically means "life in Italy" or "living Italy". With a name like that, you can be sure that food is wholesome, authentic Italian fare.

Best of all, it's strictly No Menu here, or as how you term it, "omakase". Set lunch comes in 3 or 5 courses meals, whereas set dinner comes in 7, 9 or 13 courses; wine / pairing available at an additional SGD$38++

The moment we stepped in, the amicable Giorgia immediately greeted us and chatted with us throughout, making us feel more like a friend than a patron. She introduced their special concept, and took pains to understand our likes and needs.

We started with Collessi Wine Beer - a collection of different-flavoured Italian beer created with the methodologies of Champagne wine making. We had Triple Malter (unpasteurized triple malt blonde beer - aromas of fresh yeast, vanilla and crusty bread; full-bodied with notes of malt, citrus, tropical fruits and apricots) and Nera (unpasturized black beer - full bodied, creamy, with fragrances of roasted barley coffee, liquorice, cocoa and rhubarb.

Some delicious and fluffy Italian bread kept us happy while we waited for each other, and decided on what to eat. No olive oil, no butter, just morsels of baked delicacies whetting our appetite.

First course was served - Board of Salumi with San Daniele Ham, Taleggio Cheese, Tuscany Pecorino, fresh Anchovies; fresh bread, and mixed salad of greens, black olives and tomatoes. Everything was fresh and palatable.

Second course was Deep Fried Zucchini Flower and Rice Croquette on a bed of baby spinach. Simply crumbly and saccharine.

Third course we had was Black Pepper Chicken (spicy, juicy and succulent), served with Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with garlic and chopped tomatoes, served on a soft bed of broccoli. The stuffed mushrooms were moistened and piquant, tangy, utterly tasty.

Fourth course was springy Home-made Tagliolini Pasta in Spinach and Pork Sauce, served with generous servings of Chickpea. The gravy was delectable despite its deceptively simple appearance.

Finally, desserts! Panna Cotta with Raspberry Jam was beautiful - creamy, enhanced by tarty berries, sliding into the throats silkily.

After that, we had some Limoncello to celebrate new friendship and to conclude a marvellous meal.

We enjoyed ourselves truly very much and all 4 of us wanted to come back, bringing more people to try the magic of Chef Carmine and warm affability of Giorgia.

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