Saturday 13 June 2015

Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria, 3 Binjai Park

Honestly, I rarely had italian cuisine and most people around me either deem it as expensive or food they do not know how to appreciate. After a great italian dining experience at Capri, my mindset towards italian cuisine has changed. Located at Binjai Park in upscale Bukit Timah, Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria prides itself on a menu dedicated to region-centric italian favorites with interesting ingredients.

In line with their passion to share their food heritage with everyone who comes through Capri's doors, they have proudly launched a new monthly regional specials menu starting from April 2015, which features 3 distinct dishes and new creations from provinces such as Piedmonte, Abruzzo, Calabria and more.

Above is the Bresaola Formaggio with Ricotta Cheese $20 as starter, note that this is not available on the menu as it was specially made by the chef to us.

Started off the meal with a basket of Pizza Bread $6 for 8 pieces, freshly made in house with the charcoal oven. It's so moist and flavourful, I'm gonna warn you it is really addictive.

In June, the special menu spotlights selection from Calabria (Southern Italy). The Tagliere Casereccio $28++ is a platter full of home-cured cold cuts such as pancetta (pork belly), capocollo (pork neck) and bresaola (air-dried beef) served atop a bed of rocket salad and accompanied with soft of aged cheeses. A light drizzle of olive oil, cured chillies and sundried tomatoes complete the dish.

My first time having such a unique dish, I personally like the pork neck among the rest. It gives a zest of saltiness and it sure did opened up my appetite.

Taken from the antipasti section, here's Gamberi e cappesante alle erbe $20++ and seafood fans will find a sure-winner in this. This is taken from the selection of Venice, Northern Adriatic region. 

It consists of prawns and scallops lightly seasoned in a blend of Mediterranean herbs and pan-seared in olive oil before being served. The scallops were the best being tender and succulent.

What's Italian cuisine without pasta right? Here's one of my favorite among the rest, Cannarozzi allo zafferano $25++. This dish from Abruzzo (South Italy) is the star on the regional menu collection. It is a tube-like pasta, is cooked al dente before being skilfully sautéed in a saffron sauce redolent with ricotta cheese ad smoky bacon. The sauce was rich and flavourful, really good.

Another featured pasta which uses nduja, it also originates from the southern part of Calabria. Pasta riccia all'nduja $25++ is a must-try dish during the month of June. The wide and flat hand-made pasta is tossed in house-made nduja. Its slightly spicy as this fiery sauce is a fine blend of pork, olive oil, slivers of garlic, black pepper, chilli flakes and ricotta.

My first having such a unique house-made pasta, the texture of it is somewhat similar to our Chinese noodle, 'Ban Mian.' If you love pasta and spicy kick, this is definitely for you.

From the main course selection, this is an ideal comfort food and seafood enthusiasts will be delightful to have this. The traditional Cacciucco alla Livornese $28++ is from the western coastal waters of Tuscany.

A bowl brimming with mussels, shelled prawns, squid, clams, crayfish and cod stewed in a piquant tomato-based sauce redolent with onions, basil, black pepper and oregano. The slices of home-baked bread at the side is best to have when it sop up all that tasty, saucy goodness.

The main course selection also provide hearty medley of meat choices. We had the 300g bone-in deep-fried breaded veal chop - Cotoletta alla Milanese $48++ which originates from the region of Lombardy (Northern Italy). It is also served with roasted potatos and side of fresh greens.

It was crispy on the outside yet tender and moist in the centre. We were told by the chef that the Australian veal is lightly pounded to tenderise the meat before it is coated in an egg wash. If you don't take veal, another meaty option for 2 is available - Costata alla fiorentina $168++, it's a 1.2kg grilled T-bone steak.

We capped off our Italian dining experience with Capri's Torta al limone $10++, a warm, homemade lemon cake with a side of cream. It is also a bestseller here and I specially love it for its dense, buttery texture, infused with the subtle tang of lemon zest.

Other desserts are available at $10++ each, the list includes a Lava cake, Tiramisu and Panacotta crowned with dark, Italian cherries and served in a jar.

Capri's inviting, laid back vibe is an ideal place for friends and couples to relax and enjoy conversation over a few drinks. A wide selection of wines and liquor; with almost 40 labels in the wine list, guests will probably be spoilt for choices. It was a great italian feast for myself, feelin' like home and pricing wise are consider rather affordable too. I wouldn't forget the wafting aroma of the freshly baking pizza from the brick oven.

Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria
3 Binjai Park
Singapore 589819
Tel: 6468 4886
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun (Closed Mondays)
Lunch: 12pm-2pm (LO: 2pm)
Dinner: 6pm-1030pm (LO: 10pm)

*This was an invited media tasting.

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