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19 June 2010

Italiannies is a fairly new American-Italian (*raises eyebrows*) diner at TripleOne Somerset. One thing that it doesn't say openly, at least in its local website or within the grounds of its restaurant, is that it really originates from Malaysia rather than either the US or Italy. Well, not that it matters entirely, and the first thing you would notice about Italiannies is its praiseworthy service. It's quite rare in Singapore that you would be served complimentary drinks while waiting for a table, but that's exactly what Italiannies did and you can say I was quite impressed by the small but thoughtful gesture.

Complimentary Bread

The slices of focaccia from the Complimentary Bread Basket were really quite delicious, in large part because of the pleasant aroma, the slightly crisp crust, and the soft centre. Thumbs up.

Margherita Pizza

In contrast, the Margherita Pizza was an utter disappointment. I'm not acting like a snob who expects every Italian dish before me to resemble those in Italy, but the way this pizza was presented was just plain... boring. It's supposed to be good tomato paste all around, but there was barely much of that. In its place instead were large slices of tomato that didn't pair very well with the equally disappointing (and cheese-deprived) biscuit-like crust.

Chicken Parmagiana

The Chicken Parmagiana has promise, especially the wonderfully tender chicken that is a delight to munch and chew on. The let-down has to be the ready-made (and terribly typical) spaghetti, which is very much the kind you can find in all supermarkets. If only I could match the chicken with authentic al dente pasta from Cugini, that would be quite delightful I'm sure.

Clam Linguine

Dinner buddy Glenn wasn't impressed with his Clam Linguine, and he boasted that he could cook much better than that. Well, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt haha! We did agree that the healthy portion of pasta was a waste given the number of empty or closed clams.

Fair. Do note that free iced water is not served here.

$9.90 for the (9") margherita pizza
$19.90 for the chicken parmagiana
$18.90 for the clams linguine

* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.

TripleOne Somerset, #01-02.
Behind 313 @ Somerset.

Pictures taken with the Canon Ixus 80 IS.

11 Foodie Comments:

Angeline said...

I can see your disappointment just by looking at the photo of the pizza. haha.

June 19, 2010 at 9:51 AM
PY said...

Yup the focaccia is rather addictive. I have been buying it home since my first visit.

June 19, 2010 at 1:55 PM
*Harris said...

Angeline: Too many "keropok" pizzas in singapore man.

PY: Oh i didn't know you could buy it home, there's a bakery counter? Shld go check it out next time.

June 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM
mizzura said...

me love italianies at first sight till now...

June 20, 2010 at 3:57 AM
Glenn said...
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Glenn said...

Haha, benefit of the doubt? Reallllly? Haha! TCC serves up better Linguine ala Vongole (Comparing cafes in the same price category)

This can arguably be the worst meal I've ever had in Singapore!

Actually my humble 2 cents on service - I wouldn't rate it as, "Very Good". Besides the complimentary glass of coke while waiting, service was clearly lacking.

They clearly forgot about the complimentary bread (I'm not a sucker for free things but -- just one of those things where I saw tables who arrived earlier, seated behind us getting their breads while we were not served ours) and I would have preferred a simple notice that, "Would you like any drinks to go with the meal as we don't serve iced water", rather than having to figure it out ourselves. That said, I couldn't remember if it was on the menu?

June 20, 2010 at 7:37 PM
HungryTrotters said...

I would recommend Linguine Alle Vongole of Modestos :)About the same price.

June 20, 2010 at 8:51 PM
*Harris said...

mizzura: ya? what wld you recommend, maybe they do have some good signatures that we missed completely :)

glenn: aye aye bro, chill chill haha. you must not sink into the dark depths of you-know-who, you must not!

loraine: i like the lasagne emiliana at modesto's, but i'm not sure if they still have it...

June 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM
Glenn said...

@harris: haha yeah! fine fine! anyway, worst meal of 2010 thus far.

@loraine: hmm i should try it then - vongole's one of my favourites.

June 20, 2010 at 10:46 PM
foodoshoot said...

I had Chicken Parmagiana in Gold Coast :)
Hehe but i'm glad to be back home!

June 21, 2010 at 9:55 AM
*Harris said...

glad to be home? you shld have stayed longer in aussie girl!

June 21, 2010 at 9:52 PM

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