On a scorching summer day, which is basically most days in Singapore, thereâ€™s a certain comfort in the carb combo of pizzas and pastas. In an air-conditioned place, of course.
Enter La Scale Ristorante, the newest dining spot to arrive at The Capitol Kempinski Singaporeâ€™s Arcade, after German concepts Berthold Delikatessen and Frieda Restaurant, the retro-themed American diner Capitol Milk Bar, and Thai joint Chalerm Thai. Just like its neighbors, the Italian restaurant aims for a casual but sleek vibe. Think splashes of green and gold, along with rustic details like red brick walls and a brick fire oven, under a tall skylight.
The name itself comes from Milanâ€™s La Scala Opera House, the world famous home of Italian opera and one of the cityâ€™s big tourist attractions. Inaugurated in 1778, the theater has seen performers like Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini take its stage, and itâ€™s no coincidence that the restaurant named after it resides on the grounds of Capitol Theatre.
You wonâ€™t hear any singing here, but what you will get is hearty, homely Italian fare, starting with appetizers like a burrata rocket salad ($18) and a thin crust focaccia pizza with extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, sea salt, and crescenza cheese ($15).
For stomach-warming broth, try the Zuppa Pescatrice ($16), a seafood stew swimming with squid, mussels, prawns, and clams, or the Zuppa di Funghi ($13), otherwise known as mushroom soup.
Mains are kept simple and classic, with options such as the traditional lasagne ($22) with meat ragout and the Parmigiana de Melanzane ($13), a casserole made of pan-fried eggplant, tomato sauce, basil, and parmesan.
Of course, pastas are on the menu, too, in variations like Linguini Nero di Mare ($26), a plate of squid ink pasta with mussels, squid, clams, prawns, and crayfish; Gnocchi Mammoli ($22) with purple potato gnocchi chunks in tomato sauce; and Ravioli Delicati ($20) filled with ricotta and spinach, in a butter and sage sauce.
Luckily, the pizzas come on thin crusts here, so you can make room in your stomach to share one for the table. Signatures include Pizza Calabrese ($26), a no-frills pie spread with tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella, pepperoni, black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes, and Pizza Margherita ($22), the straightforward mozzarella and basil combination you canâ€™t go wrong with.
For dessert, choose between the cup of tiramisu ($14) or the mini cannolis ($14) piped with ricotta and candied fruit chocolate for a creamy yet light end to the meal.
La Scala Ristorante is at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski Singapore, 13 Stamford Rd.
Daily 11:30am-2:30pm & 6pm-10:30pm.
MRT: City Hall
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