In mood for Italian food

In mood for Italian food

For a small country, we have a lot of food events. This is a testament to how much Singaporeans love to eat. There are two on the horizon.

Gusto Italiano, which started on Monday, is a month-long celebration of Italian food.

Judging from the amount of good Italian food available across the island, it is a popular cuisine. So it is not unexpected that a lot of the seats for Gusto Italiano have been snapped up.

There are some events that you can - fingers crossed! - still get tickets for, but you'll have to make your bookings quickly.

One of the highlights at Gusto Italiano is the Gifts of the Forest menu offered by chef Beppe de Vito at ilLido.

On the menu are dishes such as homemade pasta with wild boar (with 2003 Fontodi, "Case Via" Syrah) and goose liver with vine snails, figs and almonds (served with 2007 Fontodi, "Case Via" Pinot Nero).

This is available next Wednesday at 7pm at $66.40 (if you pay by HSBC) and $208 for everyone else.

On Sept 19, il Cielo at Hilton Singapore is presenting an ultra luxe menu called A Caviar and Franciacorta Dinner.

There will be four varieties of Calvisius caviar served in dishes created by chef Omar Bernardi, who previously cooked at the two-star Michelin restaurant, San Domenico Ristorante in Imola, Italy.

The price tag may scare some - $254.40 (payment by HSBC) and $318 for others - but the menu is delightful.

Highlights include Acquerello Risotto with oyster, homemade warm angel hair with truffle (paired with 2006 La Valle, "Regium" Brut DOCG) and cod done three ways.

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