Monday, September 05, 2011

Coffeeshop Italiano

I was at SPH for a photoshoot. No not me, it was my chef. Moohehe. Anyway, I was talking to another chef who told me of his plans to open a Japanese sushi stall in the heartlands that served quality sushi and sashimi at wallet-friendly prices. His aim? To bring good Japanese food to the heartlands and allow more people to experience them.

Thanks to entrepreneurial chefs like him, we get to choose from more than the usual bak chor mee, economical rice, roti prata and chicken rice. Over at one canteen near by SPH, there's Il Piccolo- a stall selling pastas and pizzas.

While I usually order their Four Cheese Pizza (a little blue cheese for that beautiful stinky allure), I also like their..

Gnocchi di Patate ($7). Essentially a potato dumpling, these gnocchi are first boiled them further cooked with a creamy sauce that had a cheesy flavour balanced out with tart tomato sauce. Nice! With mushrooms and asparagus, I think this is one vegetarian option that most would eat happily and forget there's no meat...until they see the roast meat stall just next door. LOL.

A printed poster promoting their Peri-Peri Chicken Spaghetti ($7.50) caught my attention and so I ordered it too. The power of marketing. Moohaha. Anyway, the pasta was a tad too soft for my liking but I did enjoy the spicy punch from sliced chili padi in the tomato and onion sauce. The whole chicken leg was fried and unfortunately a little dry. A freshly and properly fried chicken leg with the spicy tomato sauce would have been perfect!

In this month, with any order of a pasta or pizza, opt to get a dessert (Tiramissu, Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse) at just $1.50 (U.P. $3)!

I did and went for the Chocolate Mousse. This was surprisingly very, very good! Even at the usual ala carte price of $3, I reckon it's worth it. Smooth, just nicely sweetened and with a lovely slightly bitter chocolate flavour, the Chocolate Mousse rocked.

Cheers to entrepreneurs and chefs who bring more variety and cafe-standard food at coffeeshop prices to the heartlands.

Il Piccolo
970A Toa Payoh North
Tel: 6259 8897

Chew On This: Want to have your own pizza party? Call them and arrange for a pizza chef to come down to your location with his dough and ingredients!

1 comment:

AJ@Kampong said...

Yay! Looks yummy. I would want to try this at home. Thank you for sharing your Roti Prata food experience. ;)