My favourite pasta place has always been Pasta Fresca. It’s been around since 1988 and they even have their own theme song. Surprisingly for a chain restaurant, its standards have always been consistent, and of a very high quality as compare to some other standalone pasta places I’ve been to. Two words to describe it, hearty Italian! I feel genuine sincerity when I indulge in the pasta here and the warmth in my stomach goes all the way to my heart. I also prefer the Bukit Timah branch because the Italian owner Salvatore Carecci is always there serving and entertaining guests personally! See if you can spot him. He usually makes his rounds to ask the guests how they find the food. When the owner is there personally, you know there is always quality control.

The fact that you can choose from a variety of handmade pasta make it fun too! This includes stuffed gnocchi and ravioli! But take note if you order stuffed pasta, the serving size will be smaller. So if you are feeling ravenous, go for the others. The pasta is always PERFECTLY al dente. Just soft enough to absorb the juices, but still with that chewy spot in the middle. Just the way I like it. Plus prices are so affordable for food of such high quality. Sometimes when I dine at pricey restaurants, I often have that feeling that the SGD3.00 char kuay teow and some hawker centre would have given me more of a kick. But this is never the case with Pasta Fresca…