If you’re in the mood for some Italian food but you are stumped on where you can get some authentic plates of pasta and pizzas, we recommend that you check out iO Italian Osteria at HillV2.
Helmed by the owner and Head Chef of the acclaimed Etna Italian Restaurant, iO Italian Osteria dishes out scrumptious Italian fare that will make you feel like you’re in Italy. The prices here are kept relatively reasonable, making it an ideal place for a special occasion or if you’re just feeling some hearty Italian nosh.
There is nothing more Italian than a plate of pasta, so if you’re spoilt for choice, you should make this an option.
We got ourselves a plate of Homemade Tagliolini, Prawns, Lemon and Aromatic Breadcrumb (S$22) which came with a generous amount of twirled pasta, asparagus and juicy prawns.
The pasta here is the very definition of al dente; firm with a good bite. Each strand was also evenly coated in a copious amount of sauce that was packed full of umami. A dash of lemon also gave the entire dish a subtle zesty touch that elevated its other components.
We also love the addition of prawns which provided the dish with a crunchiness that complemented the al dente pasta perfectly.
It is also a must to try their freshly baked pizza, so we got ourselves a Margherita (S$9). All their pizza is made in-house so you’ll receive them piping hot from the oven.
The pizza base was generously smothered with pulpy tomatoes and mozzarella cheese before being baked to perfection. Despite the base being quite thick, it managed to maintain a good balance of fluffiness and crunchiness instead of coming off as doughy. The slight sourness of the tomatoes also paired well with the saltiness of the cheese, creating an addictive medley of textures and flavours.
End off the meal with a slice of Pistachio Tiramisu (S$14), which features chopped pistachio, creamy mascarpone and coffee-infused biscuit. If you love coffee, this dessert is perfect for you as the coffee taste is really strong.
iO Italian Osteria
4 Hillview Rise, #02-01
Tel: +65 6710 7150
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Hillview