Dolcetto by Basilico: All-Italian Pasticceria in Regent Singapore
Following the success of Basilico Italian restaurant, Regent Singapore opened a new artisanal Italian pasticceria (pastry shop), Dolcetto by Basilico, in September. Conceptualised by Michael Fiebrich Design, Dolcetto is inspired by two quintessentially Italian elements – simple, flavourful cuisine and high fashion.
Helmed by the hotel’s Italian culinary team, Dolcetto, which means “small sweets” in Italian, embodies warmth, passion and style – the very traits that people love and associate with Italy.
Here, you can find a variety of regional and seasonal Italian sweet treats and flavourful homemade Italian pastries. Gourmands can also look forward to complete their Italian experience with an extensive Italian- imported merchandise section that retails confectionery, cookies, olive oils, balsamic vinegars and wines.
Don’t miss the exclusive merchandise from vintage Italian brands – sweets and chocolates from century- old Pastiglie Leone, one of Italy’s oldest confectioneries. Also, you can pick up a bespoke Dolcetto hamper for a gathering or a leisurely picnic in the park.
To make the event more interesting, Regent Singapore held a sandwich making competition among the bloggers. They have a wide spread of ingredients and sauce for us to mix and match within a certain time frame. The winner’s sandwich will be up on sale in Dolcetto for a week!
Here’s my prawn sandwich! I dipped the prawns into pesto sauce with rocket salad, lying on a squid ink panini. I named it “MTC Gamero”, MTC is the short form of this blog while gambero is the italian name for “prawns”.
Here’s all of our unique panini!
After all the fun, we were pretty hungry and proceeded for our lunch!
Dolcetto sells exclusive beverages – all-natural and preservative-free fruit smoothies from T.V.B. Italia and Macario Sodas which feature retro pin-up models with interesting flavours such as Aranciata Rossa (Blood Orange), Gassosa (Lemon Juice) and Chinotto (Italian Cola)!
You can pick up healthy salads such as Sicilian Seafood Salad, Pistacchio-Toasted Tuna Loin with Fennel and Asparagus, and Burrata with Sicilian Cherry Tomatoes and Rocket. Each of them costs $13 – $18 per box.
If you prefer sandwich, they have a variety of Panini such as Prosciutto and Mozzarella Panini, Foccacina Truffle Mascarpone and Vegetables, Squid Ink Panini with King Crab and Prawns, and more! Each Panini costs $13 per piece.
The flour dusted panini is baked fresh and a meat is slid within bread. The thickness of the sandwich tends to dominate my first few bites. But as you eat all the way to the middle, it has the most depth. The sandwich is crispy and crusty, you will notice yourself more addicted than you had anticipated.
Rustica fans, Dolcetto has flavours such as Sun Dried Tomatoes and Potato, Mushroom Artichoke & Chicken etc.
According to the numerous claims by culinary historians, macarons were first invented by the Italians and popularised by the French. It was said that macarons were first introduced to France in 1533 when Catherine de Medici brought along two Italian pastry chefs upon her union with King Henry II.
In Dolcetto, the chef has created 9 unique flavours such as Strawberry and Aged Balsamic, Squid Ink Macaron with Mascarpone Cheese and Smoked Salmon, Amedei Chocolate and Chilli, and Sicilian Pistacchio. It costs $2.25 per macaron, $12 for a box of six.
You probably have heard of Squid Ink pasta and risotto. Now, what about Squid ink macaron, panini and pane? Its Black Squid Ink Macaron with Mascarpone Cheese and Smoked Salmon is the savory kind of macarons. Very unique indeed. It tasted weird initially but I guess when you stop having the thought that “all macarons must be sweet”, it actually tastes alright!
Another must try item is Dolcetto’s signature favourites – Crostata Ai Limoni di Amalfi (Amalfi Lemon Tart, $9 per slice and $40 for whole tart). Named the “Prince of all lemons”, the adult palm-sized Amalfi lemon from the Campania region south of Italy boasts of an intense, sweet flavour that is parallel to none. Dolcetto’s Amalfi Lemon Tart (1 kg) uses an astonishing eight whole Amalfi lemons, from zest to pulp!
End your meal with a goo cup of barista-brewed illy Caffè (Coffee, from $5.50), available in medium and large sizes. But I am surprised to find Flat White in the Italian menu. But well, I guess they have to cater to Singaporeans who love Flat White!
With Dolcetto, diners now have a chance to enjoy the authentic and artisanal Italian selections in the comforts of their homes, or to give away as exclusive gifts for all occasions.
Dolcetto by Basilico
Address: Regent Singapore Lobby Level
Tel: +65 6720 8000
Open daily from 8am to 9pm