Our sunny island is no stranger to Italian cuisine, with Italian restaurants popping up all over town restlessly. Standing out from the crowd is Etna Italian Restaurant, a sophisticated ristorante serving authentic contemporary Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. It is also one of the 20 restaurants in Singapore that has been awarded the Ospitalita Italiana Gold Seal Award, an award recognised by the Italian Government for the restaurant’s authenticity and excellent service.
With its name deriving from Mount Etna back in Sicily, Italy, it’s no surprise that Etna’s dishes are Sicilian-inspired. Founded in 2006, Etna, which is also an acronym for “Every Table Needs Attention”, has since opened two outlets, one at Duxton Road and the other at Upper East Coast Road.
Not forgetting the renowned Italian hospitality, Etna’s interiors are classy yet cozy, perfect for family gatherings or a romantic date. The service is top-notch too, staff are well-informed on the dishes and would even give recommendations on wine pairings.
Starting with an Antipasti of Burrata di Andria, a rocket salad paired with Burrata cheese, Parma ham and cherry tomatoes, we went on to have their signature Etna Pizza, a thin crust pizza topped with Mozzarella cheese, Parma ham, mushrooms, cream cheese and pistachios. We were pleasantly surprised by the nutty pistachios hidden amongst the savoury pizza. All in all, it was a pretty decent starters for a company of two.
Next up, we had their T-Bone, a Fiorentina steak served with grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes and a mixed salad. The steak was perfectly grilled, juicy and soft. And, we’re not lying when we say it practically melts in your mouth. The roasted potatoes and vegetable sides make for a filling main course.
Another one of Etna’s many signature dishes is their Linguine Al Granchio. The linguine was al dente and coated in lobster bisque, surrounded with sweet crabmeat and topped with a soft shell Flower crab. The crab was fresh without a hint of fishiness and extremely crunchy. Definitely a must-try for pasta and/or crab lovers.
To end the meal, we had the Tiramisu’ Al Pistacchio Di Bronte. The dessert was moist and decadent, however it was the rich pistachio crust that won us all over. It is said that the recipe stays faithful to that of those in the town of Bronte, Sicily in the Province of Catania, South Italy.
If you’re looking for a special place to celebrate a birthday or to hangout with friends, Etna would be a strong candidate. Besides the quality food, the ambience and service makes for a pleasant dining experience that calls for a return trip to Etna in the near future.
Visit their website at www.etnaitalianrestaurant.com.sg
Find Etna Italian Restaurant at 49/50 Duxton Road, Singapore 089513 and 110 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455298.