Sunday, September 09, 2018

iO Italian Osteria - Pretty Good Italian Food In Western Singapore

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We wanted Italian food and had heard good things about iO Italian. So we made the long trek west one late Saturday morning to give iO a shot.

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The Place

Being the first customers of the day has its merits; you get to occupy the "choice" tables, which are essentially tables by the full length glass windows. A great proposition except that you bear the full brunt of the late morning sun which would work fine if you are looking for a tan or prefer the heat. I digress. The place is rather homely with cement screed floors and wooden tables for that cozy and laid back feeling. There's a rather impressive display at the entrance where they sell an assortment of breads as well.

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Bruschetta, Sautéed Mushrooms

I found this pretty good; crusty bread with a layer of cheese and topped with copious amounts of mushroom. I'll be sure to try the tomato variant next time round just for comparison.

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Crispy Golden Seafood in Semolina Crumb

We really liked this dish. The seafood was fresh and coated with a light, crispy and mildly salty batter. Simple yet delicious.

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This wasn't on the menu but they were nice enough to do it for us. The cream sauce was of the right viscosity with a hint of alcohol whilst the penne came across as al dente with lots of bacon. Very competent but somehow lacked the wow factor I was looking for.

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Homemade Tagliolini, Prawns, Lemon, Aromatic Breadcrumb

Al dente tagliolini coupled with a lightly creamy yet lemony sauce and topped with generous cubes of crunchy prawn and aromatic breadcrumbs (for the added crunch). What's not to like? Personally prefer this over the Carbonara.

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Pistachio Tiramisu

We ended off with a pistachio tiramisu, which came dusted with lots of ground pistachios. The mascarpone was light but wasn't chilled long enough and I couldn't quite make out any alcohol in the whole dish. Still decent nonetheless.

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Prices are mid range but food quality is pretty good generally. Will definitely be back especially since service is very upbeat and cheerful!

Final Verdict:

Ambience: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 7.5/10
Value for money: 7/10

Overall: 7.25/10

Address: #02-01, Hillv2

Contact: 6710 7150

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 11:30am – 10pm daily

Saturday & Sunday 10am – 10pm daily


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