Opened for about 9 months, Pietro Ristorante Italiano is a semi-fine dining Italian restaurant located off Yio Chu Kang Road.
Pietro meaning ‘Peter’ in Italian and it is named after owner/chef Peter Neo, who has 31 years of culinary experience. The former Chef di Partie of Raffles Hotel spent his days in Italy learning Italian cuisine. Upon his return, he joined a chain of well known Italian restaurants and was widely interviewed for his comments, invited for food demostrations and classes and was featured on radio and TV programmes.
We were honored to be invited by Hungrygowhere to try out the food here. While waiting for the rest, we had some home baked mix herbs bread with garlic dip. This bread is complimentary to all diners.
Dinner started with Rucola ($15) which is rocket salad with onions, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, mushroom in balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Pietro has interesting rendition of portobello. Funghi Portobello Mushroom ($20) is baked with crab meat, ebiko and prawn finished with rich gorgonzola sauce.
It was a cold and rainy night. We had 3 bowls of soups to warm up the tummy – Lobster bisque, Seafood Soup and Mushroom Bisque. I love the palatable and honest-to-goodness lobster flavour in the rich orange Lobster bisque ($14).
Seafood Soup ($12) is concocted with prawn, clams, mussels, squids in spicy tomato sauce, white wine, basil leaves. It gives a tangy taste and slightly spicy.
Creamy rich Mushroom Bisque ($10) has a earthy scent and leave a comforting warmth in the throat.
Pietro makes their own pasta and Chef Peter will come up with creative pastas such as this Homemade 4 Mushroom with Truffle Pasta ($30). The mushroom and truffle dominate, it tasted great and the aroma and flavour was undeniably amazing! I can finish off the pasta myself easily.
There are also pastas cooked in paper! Linguine al Cartoccio ($26) features crayfish, mussels, clams, calamari in seafood sauce and chilli. They are baked in parchment paper at the final stage to allow the pasta to absorb flavours of the sauce and ingredients.
Nero di Seppia ($23) features two important element in a pasta dish – seafood and squid ink. The Squid ink flavored carnaruli imported rice is cooked with prawns, calamari, mussels, clams. It is good to have risotto instead of spaghetti, so that it won’t be a messy affair.
Infused with garlic, parsley and white wine, Spaghetti alle Vongole ($20) is classic pasta dish in every restaurant. It may taste better if more garlic and chilli is added.
One of their attraction is Pietro red wooden oven which is used to create many interesting pasta flavors. Bismark ($22) is a delectable pizza in feta cheese, honey baked ham, rocket salad, sunny side up and mozzarella cheese. I love its thin crust, now you can indulge in pizza without the immense guilty pangs after!
Pizza Pietro ($26) features homemade pork sausage with porcini, cherry tomato, pink pepper corn, rocket and mozzarella cheese in cream base.
Pietro’s signature dish is Pancetta Arrosto ($26). Roasted pork belly is served with porcini, kidney beans and apple sauce. A slow-roasted pork belly gives you beautiful succulent moist tender pork with light crisp crackling.
Smoky Baby Pork Ribs ($24) comes with Homemade BBQ sauce.
My favourite is the Grilled Australian Beef ($34) which is juicy and tender, drizzled with truffle sauce.
Nothing can go wrong with Profiterole ($14). The puff comes in chilling cold ice cream. I think it needs more chocolate sauce though.
It is difficult to judge a tiramisu because everyone has different interpretations on a good tiramisu. If you prefer a strong coffee taste, you will love the Tiramisu ($12) here.
I like the Chocolate lava cake with rum ($15). The cake was oozing with chocolate, and it came with a scoop of ice cream.
Pietro has a luxurious touch to its interior decor as well, with a beautiful feature wall that blends into the alfresco dining area, making you will feel that you are in Italy!
The restaurant is offering a 1-for-1 Promotion for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm daily (exclude weekends and public holidays). Chef Peter also does Italian style roasted suckling piglet, remember to reserve 3 days in advance.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano
Address: 12 Jalan Kelulut
Tel: +65 6484 5528
Operating Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm; 6pm – 11pm daily