If you’re familiar with our local pizza scene, you may have heard of Chef Antonio Miscellaneo, the man behind the now-closed private dining concept Casa Nostra (which at one point had a year-long wait list).
His success eventually led him to open rustic Italian bistro La Bottega Enoteca in Joo Chiat, that some say serves up the best Neapolitan-inspired pizza in Singapore.
In March 2023, delivery-only concept Casa Vostra was launched, featuring a line-up of ready-to-heat gourmet Italian cuisine, most notably, Chef Miscellaneo’s trademarked Newpolitan® and DoubleCrunch® pizzas.
If you’ve always wanted to try these iconic pizzas, now’s your chance — Casa Vostra is holding a two-month pop-up from now till 31 December 2023 (Fridays to Sundays) at a shophouse along Ann Siang Hill.
You’ll get to spend a weekend enjoying pizzas that are freshly prepared to order, alongside homemade Italian pastas, gelato, and tipples.
First and foremost, Casa Vostra’s Neapolitan-inspired “Newpolitan®” pizzas, which undergo over 48 hours of fermentation, yielding a crisp, airy and melt-in-mouth texture, take center stage. Instead of whole pizzas, only 1/4 slices are served, so it’s a good opportunity to try a bit of everything.
Toppings are kept classic, with standouts like the Prosciutto e Funghi (S$7.50) that layers prosciutto cuts flown in from Italy, Parmigiano Reggiano DOP shavings, and button mushrooms on a fior di latte (soft cheese) base.
Personally, it was the Tartufata (S$7.50) with its wild mushrooms and aromatic truffle, that did it for me.
If you like it crunchy, go for the pizza-sandwich hybrids, also known as DoubleCrunch®, comprisising Italian flavours sandwiched between two layers of croccanti, or crunchy “pizza pastry” dough. Yes, this one’s for the crust lovers.
The summery Genovese (S$11) is packed with mortadella, stracciatella, basil pesto, a mix of three cheeses, pistachio, and a sprinkling of lemon zest, while the Salmone Affumicato (S$12) brings together burrata with good ol’ smoked salmon.
You can also find artisanal pastas that are prepared in-house using 100% semolina flour, such as the pop-up exclusive Vongole (S$20), with garlicky fresh clams and hint of spice. Semolina-based pasta tends to be on the chewier and heartier side, which may be a bit of acquired taste for some.
Even though I found myself liking the pizzas a lot more than the pasta, I still deem the Gramigna Al Ragù di Salsiccia (S$18), gramigna (a type of pasta) in a rich and smoky sausage ragu with finishing shreds of parmesan, a must-try.
If you’re dining in a larger group, complement your pizzas and pasta with an array of charcuterie platters (from S$17) and cicchetti (small snacks) — the indulgent Lardo Iberico (S$7), or cured pork fat on crostini, is well worth treating yourself to.
Lastly, no Italian meal is complete without a sweet treat. If you’re the sort who can’t help but spend the weekend imbibing (same here), why not go for a Ballini (S$18), a fun take on the classic bellini with either raspberry or peach puree balls, or the Italian brunch staple, Aperol Spritz (S$18)?
There’s also housemade Gelato (S$5) in three flavours: Bacio (chocolate hazelnut), dairy-free Strawberry, and my favourite of the lot, Stracciatella (fior di latte with bittersweet dark chocolate shavings).
Don’t forget to pick up supplies, including DIY pizza kits, house-cured meats, and imported goods at the retail section if you’re hosting any dinner parties and gatherings this festive season.
Seats are available on a first come, first served basis for walk-in customers, so no reservations are required!
Will you be heading down for some much-deserved TLC in the form of pizza and gelato?
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