The Place Pizza looks set to be a big trend in Singapore this year. New on Craig Road is Milano Pizza & Wine by the team behind Pasta Bar and Bar Milano, where the restaurant occupies a charming shophouse space right beside Coucou Authentic Swiss Restaurant and Bar. The space of Milano Pizza & Wine is chic fun, where you get an outdoor alfresco dining area, indoor bar seats and tables with splashes of pink and white brick walls, and a skylight section with good natural light in the day.
The perks of dropping by on a weekend late lunch – less busy and great natural light in the restaurant. Downside is that I am not a fan of heavy lunches which means I will not be inclined to overeat (hence I am unable to try more dishes on the menu), and day drinking is not really my motte.
The Food Sourdough pizza is the highlight here, though there is a limited pasta option too. The team uses a specially built stone-fire oven for its pizza, and there are two main types – Neo-Neapolitan and the Sicilian Grandma styles. The Neo-Neapolitan style is similar to the traditional Neapolitan with some divergence from the traditional methods and rules. There are a wide variety of flavours to choose from, all at 12”, such as the Dashi & Onsen Egg (S$26), Potato & Caviar (S$36) and Korea Town (S$32).
I went for the Korea Town (S$32) as the mix of ingredients sounds interesting – Korean marinated short rib, house made Kimchi, Gochujang, fresh mozzarella, white onion and chives. The crust is relatively thin, crispy at the edges, and the dough itself is very good.
I like the Korean flavours at play, especially the tender short rib and the addition of kimchi to pizza is probably my first encounter.
Contrary to its name, the Sicilian Grandma is not inspired from Sicily but popularised by Italian immigrants in New York. It is very thick, about like a two-inch pie, and comes in a squarish format. The dough is folded and rested every two hours for twenty-four hours, and the texture is relatively light and airy. I went for the Truffle Mushroom (S$38) which spots roasted mix mushroom, mozzarella, truffle cream, chives, parmigiano and fresh shaved truffle.
The portion looks small but due to the thickness of the crust, each slice is quite substantial. I love mushrooms, so this flavour works well for me. The overall flavour of the dough is quite airy and light despite its thickness, where the truffle is not too overwhelming as well.
Rants Definitely more of a group venue destination than couple date nights to do the menu justice. You need more people to spread the carb heavy menu out.
Will I Return Again? No space for the pasta and desserts this time, and I am definitely keen to return for them, and also to try the other pizza flavours. Great spot to suss out if you are a pizza lover. I also did not manage to try any wines this time, though I saw that there is a wide range of Italian wines on the menu.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Milano Pizza & Wine
10 Craig Road
Monday to Wednesday: 6pm to 10:30pm
Thursday to Sunday: 12pm to 3pm; 6pm to 10:30pm
Ranted by The Ranter