A cozy but airy Amoy Street shophouse is home to this Italian restaurant with lots of Tuscan cues.
This ntimate and elegant eatery, set in a conservation shop house, really drums up its Tuscan roots, both in the Tuscan commedia mask it's named after, and the Tuscan dishes on the menu. The menu may be by-the-book, but it is hearty, delicious and comforting. Order home rolled pasta dishes like the ricotta ravioli with porcini sauce and the spaghetti vongole, and meaty affairs like the roast lamb rack with herbed pumpkin in red wine sauce. There's a serious Italian wine list to go with.
The buzz: Throwing their hats into the rink are friends Gabriele Piegaia and Paolo Colzani (co-owner and general manager) who've teamed up to launch this Italian eatery. Its moniker is a homage to the well-known festival which takes place in Viareggio, Tuscany—where executive chef and co-owner Gabriele Piegaia hails from.
The vibe: Located on Amoy Street in a conservation shophouse, Burlamacco Ristorante is a cozy yet airy (thanks to a skylight) 50-seater with dark wooden furniture and a red-and-white color scheme. The walls are adorned with bright, carnivalesque artworks—all of which are for sale—care of gallery Ode to Art.
The food: Tuscan native Piegaia, who cut his teeth at various Michelin-starred establishments back in Italy, puts forth more unusual items like Cacciuco alla Burlamacco, traditional Tuscan fish and seafood soup with garlic bruschetta ($42), and beef tripe stew in fresh tomato sauce topped with Parmesan cheese ($20). For those who prefer something more traditional, there are also items such as slow-cooked beef short ribs ($42), squid ink risotto ($28) and homemade pastas including linguine with lobster in spicy arrabbiata sauce ($32). Sweet options include the usual suspects like tiramisu ($18) and panna cotta ($12), as well as a toothsome caramelized almond semifreddo with salted caramel sauce ($14).
The drinks: Oenophiles will be pleased to know that the restaurant also houses a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar with a collection of over 120 Italian vinos (from $14/glass, $78/bottle), with 10 by the glass options including Prosecco Bortolomiol NV ($14/glass). If wine’s not really your thing, then be sure to try the delicious and potent limoncello which Piegaia makes in-house ($8).
Why you’ll be back: There’s decent food to be had in a nice setting at relatively wallet-friendly prices—especially considering its location. Plus, they also offer three-course lunch sets for just $33++ on weekdays.
Eat this at Burlamacco Ristorante: Beef tripe stew. It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat before you die (2013).