Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria @ Binjai Park | Bukit Timah, Singapore

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Capri Trattoria & Pizzzeria, an Italian restaurant is located at Binjai Park in up-scale Bukit Timah. The menu is dedicated to region-centric Italian favourites with interesting ingredients, cooking and curing methods and seasonal produce. With the menu categorised in region, the difference in dishes varies. Naturally, coastal areas would feature more seafood inspired recipes, whereas meats are predominant in cities inland of Italy; but all have a story to tell in terms of cooking methods and even condiments used.

Keep a look out on their regional monthly specials menu, which features 3 dishes either from the a la carte menu or new creations (from over 20 regions in Italy) by Head Chef Domenico.

The legendary Pizza Bread [$6 for 8 pieces] - the photo does not do justice to how good it tasted! You may even think this is the Indian naan but it really isn't. It tasted just like the pizza base and is simply seasoned with herbs. It can be addictive, don't say I don't warn you haahaa!

This were compliments from the owner Milan-born, Fabrizio, out of the tasting menu. Indeed Italians are relatively generous. :) No kidding, you will be able to tell from their serving portion!

Starting with the antipasti (appetizer) Tagliere Casereccio [$28] : Calabria, Southern Italy - A platter full of home-cured cold cuts with Pancetta (pork belly), Capocollo (pork neck) and Bresaola (air-dried beef) served atop a bed of rocket salad and thick slices of soft or aged cheeses such as tomino or cacciotta. It is then finished off with a light drizzling of olive oil and olives, cured chillies and sundried tomatoes.

In the picture (from left to right): Bresaola (air-dried beef) and Capocollo (pork neck). My favourite would have to be the air-dried beef, as it is more flavourful as compared to the other two.

Pork and beef are cured in-house at Capri weekly using a plethora of spices including Mediterranean herbs, chilli flakes, rosemary, basil and more. They have added that although this curing method usually take 2-3 months in a temperature controlled room, Chef Domenico swears that the intense flavour and texture of his version are worth the effort and easily beats anything commercial.

In the picture: Pancetta (pork belly). I usually don't fancy aged cheese but I gave this a try and this is by far the best aged cheese (or maybe the only aged cheese) I've eaten thus far! LOL.

Gamberi e cappesante alle erbe [$20] : Venice, Northern Adriatic - Prawns and scallops seasoned in a Mediterranean herbs, pan-seared in olive oil served on a bed of mesclun, sundried tomatoes and olives. That little sauce is all you need to dip with the bread, indeed another dish that has won my heart.

Cannarozzi allo zafferano [$25] : Abruzzo, Southern Italy -  Tube-like pasta, sautéed in a saffron sauce with ricotta cheese and smoky bacon, crispy bacon and shavings of parmesan. A unique looking plate of pasta, it is almost like eating penne upsize. Eat it while it is hot!

Pasta riccia all’nduja [$25] : Calabria, Southern Italy - Hand-made pasta tossed in house-made nduja. You may be surprised that Italians can handle spicy way better than Asians! Three mouthful of this, would require a sip of icy cold drink.

Do not be deceived by the look of this, it can spice you up in seconds haahaa!

Cacciucco alla Livornese [$28] : Western Coastal Tuscany - Mussels, shelled prawns, squid, clams, crayfish and cod in a tomato-based sauce. Perfect for the rainy days, the ultimate comfort food :) With the combination of seafood and tomato soupy base, my favourite dish served that night.

Cotoletta alla Milanese [$48] : Lombardy, Northern Italy - Fried breaded veal chop, served with roasted potatoes and side of fresh salad. Crunchy on the inside yet moist on the inside.

Torta al limone [$10] - warm, homemade lemon cake with a side of cream. A bite of this and it warms my heart, taste felt like home. Another comfort food for the soul on chilly days. It is something not to be missed.

Living and promoting the Latin mantra Edamus.Bibamus.Gavdeamus - We eat, We drink, We enjoy - the talented Fabrizio and Executive Chef Domenico Truglia provided customers with a combination of perfectly executed meals, matching Italian wines and a convivial setting to ensure their experience at Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria is a memorable one.

A cozy setting that sits about 45 pax.
Complimentary valet parking is available every Friday to Sunday (dinner period only).

Thank you, indeed it is an heart-warming tasting, a night well-spent!

Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria
3 Binjai Park, 
Singapore 589819

Opening Hours:
Tue - Sun:
Lunch: 12pm - 2.30pm (L.O. 2pm) 
Dinner: 6pm - 10.30pm (L.O.10pm) 

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