ricciotti_cod fishRicciotti Riverwalk serves classic Italian cuisine. It also tries to bring Italy's vibrant art scene into the restaurant as well as provide a platform for charity donations. Above is its Cod Fillet | S$31/++ (cod fillet, thyme, sundried tomatoes, sauteed spinach).

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Photos by Swee of Make Your Calories Count


At its flagship outlet along Singapore River, Ricciotti Riverwalk restaurant has ongoing collaborations with Italian artists of different backgrounds to enhance the diner's cultural experience of Italy, where art is displayed everywhere in the streets. We liked the idea of diners getting to observe the artist putting the finishing touches to her piece.

Cod fillet is not the first thing that comes to my mind for Italian cuisine, but Ricciotti's cod fillet was a surprisingly good dish with the cod fish cooked just right to retain its moisture within. The sundried tomatoes added a nice touch to the combination with a slightly sour tinge, well complemented with the spinach for a good balance.

ricciotti_crabmeat linguine Linguine al Granchio (crab meat, chili, tomato cream) $25++

While I was expecting a spicy kick like our usual chili crabs, this was a tamer version to cater to most who might not have an appetite for the fiery crabs. I liked the balance of tomato cream with just a slight tinge of spiciness, packed with much shredded crabmeat goodness!

ricciotti_pork ribsGrilled Pork Ribs (pork ribs, mixed salad, potatoes) $28++

I was skeptical of this initially as it looked pretty dry, only to be pleasantly surprised when I pry the succulent ribs that were off-the-bone tender. The well-marinated ribs were good on its own that we could do even without the usual sauces that piled atop. 

Ricciotti_Truffle_Pizza9" Al Tartufo Pizza (black truffles, quail eggs, mushrooms) $20++

With the truffle craze right now, this is one to look forward to, especially with it being a new addition to the menu post-revamp. Truffle fans would revel in the dominant taste of truffle in this, and of course, biting into the quail egg yolk for some flowy egg porn.

ricciotti_sweet pizzaCanella Sweet Pizza (cinnamon sugar with mascarpone and raisins) $14++

There's just something about Italian and pizzas and Ricciotti has taken a sweet twist to this typically savoury dough. An interesting combination, this comes in two other flavours - Nutella with chopped hazelnuts and Apples with cinnamon and honey.

ricciotti_tiramisu Tiramisu (classic Italian recipe with mascarpone cream, espresso and lady finger) $10++


A classic dessert, this was one that was rich and creamy though mild on the espresso side. I liked that it wasn't too sweet and textures were just right.

ricciotti_carrot cake Carrot Cake (moist carrot cake with cinnamon and walnuts, topped with frosting) $7++

A simple one done well, it was fluffy without an overpowering cinnamon taste to it. The walnuts added a lovely texture to each mouthful, a light and refreshing treat!

ricciotti_lava cake flowSoffiato (Italian style dark chocolate molten cake with stracciatella gelato) $12++

An innocent looking chocolate cake, it opened up to a warm molten core that went perfectly well with the classic stracciatella gelato (vanilla with chocolate chips). Moist and dense cake with comforting dark chocolate, it wasn't one to overwhelm on the sweetness and perfect to end your meal on a satisfying note.

*Do note that portions are served in serving plates and are not representative of actual portions served for the prices indicated.

Surrounding the theme of Benvenuti Casa, which means Welcome Home, Ricciotti set out to create a cosy and homely atmosphere perfect for any gatherings. We loved the vibrance of the restaurant and the bustle for a comfortable space to catch up over a hearty meal!

Celebrating its 10th year anniversary with its newly renovated flagship branch, it has re-created the contemporary dining experience complete with arts and cultural aspect of Italy. While the art installation had been one of the features of the opening, we liked that it was a work-in-progress and we'll leave it for you to check out its different look each time!

ricciotti_cocktailCelebrating with cocktails for the evening. 

Besides the lovely ambience and authentic taste of Italian, I was personally impressed by their long term goal to give back to society with a viable concrete action in place. With the Food for Good initiative, diners can now dine and do good as receipts will show how you can donate a percentage of your bill to a charity organization - all at the cost of Ricciotti. Supporting CrozzBorderz, diners can logon to the CrozzBorderz's website and select one charity project over the other, if you wish, and also top up payments via your PayPal accounts. Sharing profits for a good cause combined with raising awareness of charity projects for top-ups of donations if you'd wish, it's indeed a win-win meal! 

 

Overall Verdict: 7.0/10

Ricciotti Riverwalk
20 Upper Circular Road
Singapore 058416


P.S: Special thanks to Krystal for the invitation and Elvi for being such a wonderful host! 

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