Representing the core of Italian culture, Publico Ristorante has opened its doors at Robertson Quay to serve Italian dishes in a breezy setting overlooking the Singapore river.
It interiors are inspired by modern Italian architecture, which is brought to life through intricate masonry details at the bar, a bold geometric granite floor and custom furniture pieces made by award-winning New York design firm AvroKO. A focal point of the indoor area is twin pizza ovens, which can be viewed closely from a selection of bar seats.
Taking inspiration from the al fresco piazzas that dot Italy’s coastline, the restaurant has floor to ceiling windows and doors which open into a leafy terrace.
Menu highlights include the signature Risotto “alla Milanese” with saffron, pecorino cheese and red wine reduction and wood-fired pizzas including the Baci e Ricotto – a delicious creation of home-made tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, smoked scamorza, shavings of pork belly and crumbled ricotta.
The authentic yet contemporary menu was imagined by Executive Chef Marco Turatti, who refined his expertise in culinary institutions across Italy, before bringing his personalised Italian touch to Publico Ristorante.
The curated wine list takes guests on a journey through Italy, with the range varying from the full-bodied Chiantis from Tuscany to the crisp-white Pinot Grigios from Friuli. The drinks menu features home-made vermouth and artisan cocktails such as negronis on tap.
As the third concept in a trio of Italian dining experiences, the Ristorante is joined by Publico Deli, a rustic establishment reminiscent of the bustling eateries and pavement cafes of Italian neighbourhoods. After dark, Publico Deli undergoes a metamorphosis into two new concepts. This day-to-night transition turns the venue into a sophisticated night-time destination: the front half, with the Publico Deli neon sign, serves indulgent Italian sweet treats such as the house special tiramisu pots. Hidden behind the back wall of the Dessert Cafe, neighbourhood bar Marcello creates Italian craft cocktails inspired by the early to mid-20th century.
Marcello emanates the glamour of 1960s Milan. And, with Southeast Asia’s largest collection of Amari, it is the city’s best-kept secret to start or end an evening in style.
Publico Ristorante is open for dinner every night from 6pm to 11pm.