Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Spizza, Harbour Front

I heard that this place is run by the same people that did Senso. I've actually been eyeing this place for a while, but today, I finally managed to get the opportunity to give it a go. This restaurant was packed to the brim at about 7.30pm with a short queue forming at the door. But it was a holiday's eve after all. 

We started dinner with some antipasti call Nerone and the Suberbo salad.


The Suberbo was actually a very simple salad. Frankly, I was quite disappointed that the effort did not go beyond anything more exciting than a small mound of shredded lettuce for greens. I counted three average sized mussels and a couple of shrimps. I think they could have done a lot better with the miserable seafood portions. Having read prawns on the menu should mean that there should be real prawns and not just small shrimps things. On the bright side, this salad was really quite appetising. The dressing consist of just some black pepper and lemons. It was simple, refreshing and it really made you more hungry through the 20 minute wait for the pizza. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

Shrimp No.1 and No.2


The Nerone is simply mixed grilled vegetables and mozzarella cheese with some Parma ham as described in the menu. The quality of the cooked vegetables here are leaps below that of Riciotti. I was honestly quite disappointed again by this poor show. Those vegetables that were actually grilled lacked even the char aroma. I mean, it says grilled vegetables on the menu. If I had known that this was it, I'm pretty sure I would not have ordered it. The passing grace of this dish for me was actually the sun dried tomatoes and the mozarella cheese. The dressing here was likewise simple with just olive oil and some pepper.

The highlight of dinner - which was what we really came for was the pizza. And this is Isabella.


I was very relieved that Spizza actually did pizza nicely. All the way from the crispy thin crust to the gooey cheese. What the menu described as rucola salad is actually just some leaves layered on top of the pizza. And sprinkled over the top were some coarse grained black pepper. This one was actually the large sized pizza at $19.00. I'm pretty sure I could have finished it all by myself. It's that good. Unlike Pizza Hut that basically loads you up with their thick oily crust. I think I could be back for Spizza's other pies.

Dessert was tiramisu. I think I've mentioned a couple of times that they tend to have variable standards and is often disappointing for me. But occasionally, I take a leap of faith. For some reasons.

In comparison to the one from Menotti, this has a larger cream to cake ratio. The cake wasn't not as liquor soaked, but it was quite decent the same. Enjoyable, but nothing that would really wow.


Gary said...

I've had Spizza at Holland V, Serangoon Gardens and Killiney Road. The quality differs at times - my favourite calamari kinda sucked at serangoon gardens. And the chicken soup, though fantastic at Killiney, was awfully salty at Holland V. The pizzas are still great though :)

LiquidShaDow said...

The next time I'm down, I'll remember to pass on the sides and just stick with pizza. Well, maybe some calamari to pass the waiting time...