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La Scala @ Capitol

We wanted to try the Japanese restaurant in The Capitol but when we reached there, we made a turn and went for Italian instead.

La Scala is named after the famous opera house in Milan and serves Italian cuisine. It has a fancier interior decor than the sushi restaurant (which looked like a normal sushi-ya but charges a ridiculous price), and we could not detect anyone in the teppanyaki. We saw what we wanted and promptly got ourselves seated.

Complementary bread

After ordering, the complementary bread was promptly served. The bread sticks were delicious. But the bread was really dry and cold, however it was surprising soft.

Pizza Prosciutto di Parma

tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, parma ham, rocket salad & shaved parmesan

Pizza Prosciutto di Parma

WOW!!!! The crust was soft and fluffy, the sauce was plain pomodoro but delicious with the fresh herbs and spices. And the parmegianno was perfect in this simplest of all pizzas.

Stretchy cheese

The pizza was very balanced with the right amount of moisture but not soggy. And the ingredients used were all top notch. We were surprised we were the only table that ordered pizza despite the presence of the stone oven in the restaurant. But again, these gourmet pizzas need to be consumed when they are baked. Delivery will kill the pizzas.

Polipo Grigliato

grilled marinated octopus, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, caper berries & basil

Polipo Grigliato

Again the top notch ingredients shone through the salad. Sun-dried tomatoes from Calabria, a region famous for their tomatoes, were condensed flavour bombs. Mixed with fresh artichokes and not those pickled canned ones and large fresh heirlooms, all these vegetables stole the show from the octopus.

All the best ingredients

The octopus was tender and juicy and the pesto and tomato dressing worked really well here. And the pickled caper berries – first time I tasted them, now I am a convert. They tasted like Thai mini brinjals but much softer.

Tortellacci al Porcini

square ravioli filled with ricotta & spinach, sage & parmesan cheese

Tortellacci al Porcini

Princess wanted ravioli, and chose the tortellacci al porcini. “It came without a sauce”, she exclaimed. “And it tasted like cardboard”, I concurred.

Tortellini – Tortelloni – Tortelli – Tortellacci

You must be confused, aren’t we having ravioli? Why is it called tortellacci? Shouldn’t it be a tortelloni? What are the differences?

No sauce
  • Tortellini are filled with minced pork and other types of meat and goodies, and usually served in brodo (broth);
  • Tortelloni, a larger version of tortellini and a Bolognese specialty, are filled with ricotta and spinach or herbs;
  • Tortelli are square-shaped and similar to ravioli, but are not called ravioli in Emilia and they are usually filled with ricotta and herbs, or pumpkin, or potatoes, or mushrooms;
  • Tortellacci are the biggest of the four, and again are usually filled with a combination of ricotta and some other vegetable/herb.

Afterthoughts

Taking the space vacated by Equilibrium, La Scala is competing with some really good Italian restaurants in the vicinity. The food was really good, especially the pizza. Definitely a level higher than Equilibrium.

However, the service needed some major upgrade. Firstly, they were not versed in the Italian names of the menu and had to repeat in English just to be sure. But it could also our poor Italiano. And they were not sure if things were unavailable.

But the last straw was when they tried to clear the plate when it was obviously not done yet. And then there’s the tables – they are so small that you cannot even put another else when you have a pizza.

Even the food was a good reason to come back, the service and environment would be a major turnoff.

La Scala Ristorante
Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, Capitol Singapore
13 Stamford Road, #01-86
Singapore 178905
Tel : +65 6715 6877

Visited in Mar 2022

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