Pasta Fresca has its own factory at the Pandan Loop Head Office where pastas, sauces and ingredients are made fresh daily. Besides producing for its own use, it also caters to major F & B outlets and other related businesses. It also has its proprietary products of wine, tomato puree, coffee beans and olive oil, etc, which are specially imported from Italy. Pasta Fresca believes in providing the freshest ingredients, for the best tasting dishes and hence providing pure enjoyment to its customers.
Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore
Hot 5172 12 0
9 Upper East Coast Rd, #01-01,
Tel: 6241 5560
Fax: 6241 8474
30 Boat Quay
Tel: 6532 6283
Fax: 6532 3709
1 Fifth Ave, #01-02 Guthrie House,
Tel: 6469 4920
Fax: 6462 0073
No exaggerations, I have not found a restaurant that beats the quality and authenticity of this Italian restaurant along Bukit Timah. With a very wide range of pasta selection, we were spoilt for choices when we were deciding on what to eat. The portions are generous and will definitely thrust you into a state of prolonged food coma.
The Cannelloni Ricotta E Spinachi ($21.50) was absolutely mind blowing. Every bite was heavenly, with creamy cheese overwhelming our taste buds. Another must-try is the Al Salmone ($21.20), smoked salmon tossed with onions, white wine and crushed black pepper. This dish had a particularly smoky yet creamy taste, which was unique and addictive.
The restaurant owner was extremely hospitable and friendly, welcoming us with warm smiles and excellent service. To top all of that off, the ambience was perfect for a romantic date night. Certainly worth a try!
I have only ever visited the Pasta Fresca outlet at Siglap, though perhaps that may be a good thing - the outlet is distinctly warm and homely and can almost make you feel like you're not in Singapore, especially when you're almost bound to see Caucasian diners in the restaurant (possibly attesting to its quality?). So yes, the ambience is appropriate and frankly - quite nice. That's actually the best way to describe it.
The ambience complements the food, which is pasta at a consistent high quality. They have a wide selection of sauces and pasta which range from 16-22, and the service staff will be happy to recommend pasta to go with your sauce if you are unsure of which to choose. They may not always make the right recommendations though - but I'll explain more about that later.
Of my four visits, I have tried their seafood based pasta twice and cheese pasta once, as well as their ravioli once. If you're a fan of ravioli, their ravioli is may disappoint - it's certainly decent, but it may not warrant its price tag of ~$22 which is around the same price as the most expensive pasta. I have high praise for their seafood based pasta however, especially the ones with crabmeat (I cannot remember their names, but there are two of them priced fifty cents apart). Both these pasta are equally good and I believe the crabmeat they use is fresh. Certainly a different kind of pasta that you will encounter outside. Their cheese pasta (again, I forgot the name but it's a pasta with four cheeses - Quarto Formaggi if I'm not wrong) is also very good if you're a cheese lover. It's VERY cheesy, as its name would suggest, so it would be an absolute delight if you love cheese. Stay away if you hate cheese though.
That said, I find their service very perplexing for a restaurant of their calibre. Nearly half of their service staff are inattentive and have a poor grasp of English, which you wouldn't expect at a restaurant that charges ~20 for their pasta. Their owner, however, who shows up at the restaurant quite often, is jovial and extremely friendly - more than making up for the lackadaisical service some of the other staff have.
All in all, it's a decent and consistent restaurant, but there's not much to rave about here. They would earn a higher rating from me if they had a higher range of pasta sauces (adding in more eclectic or expensive ingredients) and especially if their service was improved. Still, they're not too bad and I would recommend them for good pasta.
I went to this restaurant call Pasta Fresco at Boat Quay on a night to celebrate my friend's birthday. Looks like an authentic Italian restaurant like those you would find in Italy. However, the staff was not very friendly, they did not greet us with a smile when they served and took our orders.
We also ordered the Parma Ham Pizza, which is the Chef's recommendation. Crust was thin but a bit hard, topped with slices of parma ham though it was a bit salty. Their menu has quite a variety as well, from starters to pasta to pizza to risotto to calzone to dessert. Overall, the experience was ok. Not too expensive. Pasta is less than S$20.
I have been going to Pasta Fresca for around 6 years now and this used to be one of my favourite Italian restaurants, especially the Siglap outlet.
However, I do find the quality of food declining slightly over the years. The ingredients are not as fresh as they used to be, but the taste is still above average and super filling. I usually order Al Funghi and Polpa di Granchio (typing these Italian nouns without any help is a clear sign that I have been eating here a lot). The brilliant pasta sauce makes up for the not-so-fresh ingredients.
Nevertheless, the tiramisu is SUPER DOPE. The best I ever had, actually. I can't say the same for the other desserts on the menu though, the tiramisu is the only thing I have been ordering haha.
To celebrate the festive season, Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore is offering a limited time, 5-course Christmas menu till the end of December 2013. Inspired by dishes prepared in South Italy, Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore imports only the freshest ingredients for this special menu.
Ambience at Pasta Fresca is designed to be rustic, comfortable and homely, making you feel as if you've just stepped into an Italian friend's home. Space is carefully laid out and the menu is planned to allow guests to socialise and linger over conversation.
Service at Pasta Fresca flows well with the homely theme, as staff are friendly and welcoming. Attentive and observant in their service, I especially liked that Pasta Fresca staff are unobstrusive, making sure that your dining experience is comfortable. I liked that they check, by feel of your water glass, whether you were drinking warm or cold water. This attention to details was evident throughout the meal.
The Tagliere Misto, from the regular menu, is a platter of cold cuts, including high quality pork salami and spek, with cheddar, goat cheese and whole olives. I loved the authentic taste of the cold cuts, the flavour of the meat really shines through.
The Zuppa Di Zucca E Crema Di Latte is the soup starter on the Christmas menu. A rich and creamy pumpkin soup is served in a cute mug, with cream and herbed croutons. I liked that the soup was well balanced, not too overpowering or underwhelming, and that you can taste the pumpkin flavour. You can also request for additional croutons.
The Mascarpone is a White Pizza on the regular menu, with mascarpone cheese, parma ham, fresh rucola leaves and tomatoes on a well toasted crust of medium thickness. I liked the creamy mascarpone cheese paired with the vegetables and ham, but the base, being doughly, was quite filling.
The Risotto Asparagi E Salmone on the regular menu is a creamy salmon and asparagus risotto with onions and white wine. The texture of the risotto isn't authentic, being slightly thicker and with less bite than a true Italian risotto, but apparently, the chef has tweaked the recipe to suit the Asian palate.
The Linguine Al Nero In Salsa Gamberi E Peperoni from the Christmas menu has home made squid ink linguine with fresh cherry tomates in a red pepper sauce, which was excellent! Probably my favourite dish of the evening! The prawns were big and meaty, but slightly lacking in the crustacean taste.
The other main on the Christmas menu, the Pesce Spada In Panura Su Salsa Alla Mediterranea E Verdure Saltate Al Burro E Prezzemolo features pan fried breaded swordfish fillets, with buttered broccoli and carrots in a pomodoro tomato sauce. I liked that you can taste the tomato is the sauce, a sign of freshness and made by hand, rather than from the canned variety. I also like the texture of the pan fried breaded swordfish fillets, semi-firm but yields to the bite.
The dessert on the Christmas menu, the Panettone Natalizio Caldo Con Gelato Alla Vaniglia E Salsa Di Cioccolato is a traditional Italian panettone, or sweet bread loaf, that is quite light in texture. Served with vanilla gelato and a thick chocolate sauce, this light dessert is perfect to end a heavy meal.
Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore Christmas menu is only available till the end of December 2013, and this 5-course set meal costs SGD $39.90 per person. They also offer wine to pair with the dishes. The items from the regular menu are available at all their outlets.
I love food, good food.
And I know the reason why.
The culprit would be my mother.
When I was younger, my mother, who was also a foodie, loved to bring me and my brother to different restaurants to try out their dishes. I remembered stepping Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore, it had a very quiet, cosy ambiance with instrumental songs playing in the back ground.
My mother looked through the menu expertly and started ordering. One of the dishes that I fondly remembered was a baked eggplant soaked in tomato sauce and layered with mozzarella cheese. It tastes even better than any pizzas I've had.
Pasta Fresca offers a huge variety of pastas, ranging from the way they cook it, to the types of pasta you'd like for your dish. I ordered a penne carbonara and a spaghetti alio olio as well as a Ham pizza.
The carbonara was alright. It is not the best I have tasted but it was still yummy. However, the alio olio was great! The combination of chili, garlic and olive oil was perfect. The seafood bits which came with the pasta were generous and fresh. The pizza was huge and very delicious. The thin crusted pizza, topped with ham, mushrooms and lots of cheese was delightful!
Though the food might be quite pricey, the pastas served are great and unpretentious.
I went to the branch at Siglap one afternoon, and the restaurant was almost completely empty except for another customer, which is pretty surprising. I initially thought that the food must be terrible and that we must have made the wrong choice.
We ordered a pizza and pasta to share and after a moderate waiting time, the food came out hot and fresh! We ordered the Mushroom and Ham pizza which had generous portions of toppings and the thin-crusted pizza was crispy and delectable. They were also generous with cheese, which of course, was a great complement. For the pasta we ordered the Crab Meat pasta which came in good portions. The pasta was chewy and the texture was optimal, and the flavors were pretty good!
All in all, I was flummoxed by the lack of customers! However, it could also be because of the fact that the prices are a little on the steep side. I spent about $40+ for the two dishes, including GST and service charge. Although, if you're feeling a little wealthy, it's definitely a place to check out for good Italian food!
I went to the Rochester Park outlet of Pasta Fresca. It’s a small restaurant with an open kitchen, and outdoor dining. I sat inside, as was greeted by a great smell from the open kitchen. The staff is friendly, and the open kitchen concept is a great idea.
For mains, I ordered Polpa Di Granchio, a tomato based sauce served with crabmeat and cherry tomatoes. One thing I liked about Pasta Fresca is the freedom of choice with regards to pasta. I ordered mine with Fettucine. I really enjoyed my pasta. It was not too rich, and had a generous amount of crabmeat. The pasta was cooked well, and the sauce was tasty. I would definitely recommend it.
After having postponed my plans to visit this Italian restaurant for so long, I finally got the chance to dine here last week. I went to the Boat Quay outlet on a Saturday night at around 9.30pm, and it was surprisingly almost empty, as compared to the crowds of the other restaurants beside it.
I ordered the Proscuitto Crudo Mozzarella for starters, which is basically slices of Parma ham served with mozzarella cheese and fresh salad. The Parma ham was simply divine-tasting. The ham was jam-packed with so much of flavour and the soft slices of mozzarella and olives all blended together perfectly to send my taste-buds melting in ecstasy. I ordered the Piccata Milanese, chicken baked in egg and cheese and served with pasta. The chicken came coated with cheese and a generous helping of egg. Slightly spicy, and overall very filling. however, I felt that the french fries were out of place on my plate, having a below-par texture as well. The ambience was excellent due to their concept of alfresco seating, and we were able to have a quiet dinner buy the waterfront. A tad pricey, but an Italian food lovers should give this franchise a try.