When you think of Italian restaurants and food, decadent pastas and pizzas immediately come to mind. Like most countries, Singapore has developed a deep fondness for this particular cuisine. Yet, the one thing that holds most of us back is the relatively steep restaurant prices.
However, cheap does not always compromise on quality and authenticity. Here are 6 affordable and best Italian restaurants in Singapore!
1. Pasta Brava
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Tucked in a two-storey shophouse within the bustling Tanjong Pagar district, Pasta Brava has been a favourite in the Italian dining scene for quite some time now. This place oozes a homely and romantic feel, with its dim lighting and affordable authentic Italian fares.
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There is an extensive selection of appetisers, homemade pasta and risottos for you to choose from, with prices ranging from just $23 to $31 for a main course. Get a authentic Italian dining experience with their Spaghetti Alle Vongole in Bianco or Fettuccine Alla Carbonara.
Address: 11 Craig Road, Singapore 089671
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 12nn – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Sun)
2. Ah Bong’s Italian
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Italian fares within a coffeeshop? Definitely! Though far from a restaurant, Ah Bong’s Italian, located in a small coffeeshop in Tiong Bahru, certainly does not compromise on the quality and authenticity of their pastas!
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Tuck into their hearty pepper pesto penne at just $7 or the savoury Chili Crab linguine at just $12. Furthermore, at just $12 nett, you even get to enjoy a set meal comprising of your choice of pasta, a drink and a homemade dessert!
Address: 56 Eng Hoon Street #01-46, Singapore 160056
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 10am – 2.30pm
3. Bella Pasta
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Along the stretch of restaurants at Robertson Quay is Bella Pasta. True to its Italian roots, Bella Pasta offers a tantalising taste of Italy, serving up a spread of authentic Italian pastas.
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From the classic Spaghetti Aglio Olio to Ravioli Di Ricotta Alla Caprese (Ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach), the extensive range of pastas at Bella Pasta might leave you feeling slightly overwhelmed. However, most of their pastas come at a budget-friendly price of under $26++. Coupled with the cosy atmosphere, it will definitely transport you right to the heart of Italy itself!
Address: 30 Robertson Quay, #01-09, Riverside View, Singapore 238251
Opening hours: Mon, Wed to Fri 12nn – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm; Sat to Sun, PH 11.30am – 11.30pm (Closed on Tue)
4. Al Forno East Coast
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For a casual and budget-friendly Italian dining experience, you will definitely be in good hands here at Al Forno East Coast. Using only the freshest ingredients imported directly from Italy, every bite will provide you with a burst of the true flavours of Italy!
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From wood-fired pizzas, delectable pastas and hearty mains, there is a wide selection of Italian food to choose from for any appetite! Their pizzas range from $22 to $27 and all of them are made from scratch! Together with the rustic ambience, experience the fine dining experience of Italy on a budget!
Address: 400 East Coast Rd, Le Peranakan Hotel, Singapore 428996
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 12nn – 2pm, 6.30pm – 10pm; Sat to Sun 12nn – 2pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
5. Super Dario Lasagne Cafe
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As the name suggests, Super Dario Lasagne specialises in authentic Italian lasagne. While most people are familiar with the traditional lasagna, you will be in for surprise with Super Dario’s unique take on the traditional homemade lasagna!
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You can opt for two portion sizes here at Super Dario – a single portion or a tray, which feeds between 6 to 8 people. Their single portion prices are affordably priced at $12 and tray portions range from $49 to $59. Choose from hearty flavours such as minced chicken, smoked turkey with mushroom and eggs as well as the classic minced beef. Super Dario Lasagne definitely offers a great burst of flavours and their lasagne trays make it the perfect place for parties!
Address: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, #04-17, Singapore 208539
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am – 9.30pm
6. The Wicked Garlic
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The Wicked Garlic is certainly the Italian restaurant of choice in the busy CBD district, located conveniently in the prime spot at Clifford Centre! There is no need to vouch for its popularity as the restaurant is always completely packed during lunchtime with hoards of office workers looking for some great Italian fares at affordable prices.
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Their Spaghetti Aglio Olio starts at just $7 with an option for you to top up ingredients at just a small cost. Furthermore, their 10” pastas are all handmade and starts at just $9 – perfect for sharing with your coworkers. With a daily set meal of $14 nett, it is no wonder this place is perpetually packed all the time!
Address: 24 Raffles Place, #02-02 Clifford Centre, Singapore 04862
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11.30am – 3pm & 6pm – 9pm (Closed on Sat & Sun)
Indulging in an authentic taste of Italy doesn’t have to be an expensive affair! These Italian restaurants promise to bring you the true and extensive flavours of Italian fares. You will definitely be in for a delizioso time at these Italian restaurants!
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