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.
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.
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.
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.
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.