Spend an evening globe-trotting down Singapore’s Hong Kong Street and you will be hopping from restaurant to bar, relishing in authentic cuisine from all over the world.
Italian restaurant, Amò, is giving Singapore a run for its money in the Italian dining stakes. Its name comes from an abbreviated term for the word ‘love’ in Italian, and whether you fall in love there, or in love with the food or the chef or everything, you are guaranteed to enjoy a communal feast of authentic wood-fired pizzas, artisanal pastas, traditional braises and desserts. The menu focuses on shared dishes and pizzas, with large portions of everything so you can sample more of the offerings.
ThemenureflectsItaly’sassortedregions in a union of its diverse food, traditions and people. Start with a seasonal entrée that may include a Tuna Tartare with avocado, apple and cucumber or Zucchini Flowers with Mortadella, pistachio and lemon honey.
Made with natural leaven, semolina and extra virgin olive oil, Amò pizzas are light, seasonal and easy to digest – the result of patience, exceptional produce, and a fine-tuned knowledge of food chemistry. The pizza offerings include classics like the Ciccio – garlic, oregano and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or a Signature Pizza like the Bone Marrow with wild garlic pesto and anchovy salsa verde.
If pasta is more your thing, try the Fettuccine with beef shank, mushrooms and orange salmoriglio or the Spaghetti Chitarra with Boston lobster and tarragon. Don’t get too carried away though, you need to make room for a main of Grilled Angus Beef Tagliata with Rucola and Parmigiano salad or Red Snapper with crab cioppino and fregola.
You can’t eat out at an Italian restaurant without finishing the evening with a Tiramisu, but you may prefer something exquisite like the Chocolate Tart with green tea and Yuzu meringue.
The smart-casual Italian eatery and bar was established by well-known restaurateur-chef, Beppe De Vito, the 45-year-old front- of-house-trained Italian restaurateur, who owns the ilLido Group. With seven establishments in Singapore to his name, the group’s mission is to elevate the Italian dining scene in Singapore, by combining Italian traditions with contemporary innovation. Other venues include his largest, Aura, a 9,000 sq ft restaurant and bar that spans two levels, and his intimate 16-seat restaurant Braci in Boat Quay, which holds one Michelin star.
Amò is housed in two shophouse units, so there is plenty of space. There is even an alfresco courtyard dining area for those who prefer an outdoor ambiance. Indoors you will find a light industrial look with red-brick walls and metal-framed chairs.
With Beppe’s start in hospitality from the ground up, his expertise is front-of-house. He makes sure that everyone who visits his restaurants is made to feel special, as you would expect with your favourite Nonna in Italy. The hospitality as well as the wine will be flowing to make your night out at Amò one to be remembered.