A delightful restaurant for group gatherings or quiet dates, Ricciotti Pizza Pasta Grill at Riverwalk serves up a variety of fresh Italian food. The service is quick and attentive, plus the crew are quite jovial. The outlet has just went though a facelift and now boasts a sleek modern interior. There is an alfresco seating area and a bar outside—great if you're looking for a place to grab a drink with friends.
There’s an outdoor bar and alfresco seating that would make a great spot to hang out after work in groups. The inviting interior has a more quiet, private setting and even includes a private dining room that can sit up to 10 pax.
Alfresco dining & bar area.
The Cioppino Soup is supposed to be a comfort dish for the Italians which is why all the ingredients are cooked together with a rough presentation. The tomato based soup is tasty with the fresh seafood.
Mixed seafood stew with garlic crostini.
Sliced Octopus, lemon & fennel.
The Eggplant Parmigiana ($15.00++) was one of my favourites of the night. I absolutely abhor eggplant, but this is the first time I tried a spoonful then asked for more and unashamedly even dug into others’ portions! There’s no slimy eggplant taste in this dish which is cooked lasagne style with layers of eggplants, cheese and tomato sauce. You could eat this atop the focaccia bread, but since I’m gluten intolerant I tend to avoid bread, and this dish tasted delicious on it’s own. Highly recommended and very affordable.
Baked eggplants & tomato sauce served with focaccia bread
Mesclun, fresh tuna loin, quail eggs, green beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and anchovies
Sea bass, tomato concasse capers with baby spinach salad
Ear-shaped pasta with anchovies, broccoli and cherry tomatoes.
One of my favourite mains would be the Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare ($28.00++)—Arborio rice with seafood. The risotto was just nice with a little bite and a creamy texture. Love how it’s plated with the mussels and clams!
Arborio rice with seafood
The last of our tasting mains were two pizzas. 9” Porcini E Scamorza Pizza ($20.00)—Porcini mushrooms and cow’s milk cheese; and 9” Al Tartufo Pizza ($20.00)—Black truffles, quail eggs and mushrooms. The mushroom pizza was quite average when put next to the truffle pizza that everyone was eyeing. I’m not a huge fan of truffle myself, but the quail eggs with runny yolks caught my eyes and tastebuds. I highly recommend trying the Al Tartufo Pizza when you visit Ricciotti. Another drawing point is that their pizzas are hand-made fresh when they’re ordered!
Black truffles, quail eggs and mushrooms
My favourite dessert of the night was the($8.00++)—Silky vanilla cream pudding with seasonal fruit sauce. The sweet, tangy berry sauce blended well with the vanilla panna cotta. I would definitely order this on my next visit. A very light and refreshing dessert which is great after a heavy meal.
Classic Italian recipe with mascarpone cream, espresso and lady finger
Highly recommended is the Eggplant Parmigiana in lasagne style with layers of eggplant, cheese and tomato sauce that has eggplant sceptics like myself wanting more! The Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare (Seafood Risotto) is a delicious main accompanied with fresh mussels, clams and prawns. Pizzas are made-to-order and the Al Tartufo Pizza (Truffle, mushroom & quail egg pizza) is definitely worth a try. Dessert picks would be the Tiramisu and refreshing Panna Cotta.
Cioppino Soup,Carpaccio Di Polpo,Eggplant Parmigiana,Grilled Seabass,Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare,Panna Cotta,Tiramisu,Orecchiette Broccoli E Acciughe
Date of Visit: Oct 30, 2014 Other Ratings: