Time Out Singapore - - Food & Drink -

WHEN A MAN MEETS YOUR EYE with a big pizza pie, that’s amore – es­pe­cially if that man is chef Beppe De Vito and the pizza’s from his new res­tau­rant, Amò. Part of the ilLido Group, the eatery is so­phis­ti­cated yet casual, with dim lights that draw all at­ten­tion to the open kitchen where De Vito and his pizza chef Fed­erico Schi­raldi toss dough through the air be­fore it’s baked in a wood­fired oven that’s made in Italy, of course.

Schi­raldi’s piz­zas are light and doughy, with a crisp and slightly charred base. But if you’re look­ing for va­ri­ety, you’re not go­ing to find it here – there are only eight piz­zas on the menu. I opt for one with creamy strac­ciatella buf­falo cheese, pro­sciutto, rocket, and fig vin­cotto ($29), which is an Italian vine­gar sim­i­lar to bal­samic but a touch stick­ier and sweeter. The com­bi­na­tion doesn’t dis­ap­point, with each in­gre­di­ent work­ing in har­mony to el­e­vate the dish be­yond what you’d get from the de­liv­ery guy. There’s also a pie with mush­rooms, truf­fle, mas­car­pone and a gen­er­ous shav­ing of pecorino from Tus­cany ($32). Leave your diet at the door if you plan on or­der­ing this – one slice won’t be enough.

The spaghet­toni with Bos­ton lob­ster and tar­ragon ($78) is an­other show­stop­per. The dish serves two to three, mak­ing Amò just as ideal for lovers on a date as big groups look­ing for an au­then­tic Italian fam­ily-style din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The spaghet­toni is tossed in a rich seafood bisque-es­que sauce that, un­for­tu­nately, doesn’t quite stick to the pasta – the sauce works bet­ter as a dress­ing for the mas­sive shell­fish that crowns the plate.

The res­tau­rant also of­fers mains such as a whole grilled sea bass with veg­eta­bles and a mint casse­role ($58), and butter roasted chicken with grilled corn cus­tard ($58), both of which also serve two. So gather the tribe and head on down to Amò – you’ll be well fed and prop­erly drunk on the Italian wines that start from $14 a glass. What’s not to love?

33 HongKong St (6723 7733, amorestau­

Clarke Quay. Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6-11pm; Sat 6-11pm. Strac­ciatella, pro­sciutto, rocket AND fiG VIN­COTTO PIZZA WHAT IT IS… Hand­made piz­zas and pas­tas in a casual space GO IF… You’re han­ker­ing af­ter au­then­tic, qual­ity-overquan­tity pies à

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