Friday, November 22, 2013

Yummy Italian Fare in the Neighourhood

I recently returned to Ngee Ann Polytechnic, home of some of the best memoories in my life, as a guest judge for a cookie baking competition. It was a fun event for LSCT's Staff & Student's Day so it's not as serious as it sounded. After all, I am no qualified baker lah. Moohehe.

Hushie and I took the opportunity to catch up with Dr Koh over dinner. He wanted to bring us to this restaurant that was tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood in the Bukit Timah area. But upon arrival, we realised it was closed.

The wise (or often the hungry) believes that when one door is closed, somehow another will open. So scanned the area and headed down to La Nonna which was a few units away.

A bread basket with olive oil and balsamic vinegar kept hunger away for a while.

A refreshing starter of Vitello Tonnato ($20) featuring lightly chilled thin slices of veal loin drizzled with a creamy tuna sauce, and topped with peppery rocket leaves, cherry tomatoes and shavings of Parmesan. Scrumptious.

Always in the moo-d for Bolognaise and its close variants, I opted for the Rigatoni ($20). The hollow tubes of pasta were firm and perfect to allow the flavourful braised oxtail ragout sauce to cling onto them. If only they had this in XXL size! :p

Not having much of a sweet tooth, this cow actually wanted to pass on desserts but friends at the table nudged him to nibble and share desserts.

Hence the Tiramisu ($12) appeared! A square loft of sponge fingers and light mascarpone cheese, it was quite balanced without being too strong nor cloying.

In quick succession, the Panna Cotta ($12) arrived at the table. Spotting a fairly firm gelatinous texture, this ang moh gelatin-ized tau huay Italian pudding was smooth and went well with the sweet-tart fruity components on the plate.

La Nonna at Namly seems like a nice, quiet spot for a lovely Italian dinner in the midst of a residential neighbourhood.

La Nonna
76 Namly Place (Other branch at Holland Village)
Tel: 6762 1587
Opens: 12pm to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Chew On This: La Nonna serves up a 3-course weekday set lunch at only $22++!


Bri said...

Dr Koh? As in Dr Koh Tse Yuen??

The Hungry Cow said...

Bri: Wow. He's that famous! I must tell him. Moohehe.

Bri said...

I was from NP also mah. You mention Dr Koh, Dr Forday, Dr Ong, Dr Zaman, etc. they're all teachers who taught us before. ^_^

Bri is my pseudonym. They won't know who "Bri" is. =P