08 Sep Boy Next Door ‘Dario’
I have lived in West coast for about 3 years now and have never felt the need to eat at any of the restaurants that are 2 mins from my home. Apart from the age old ‘Abang’ or Niqqi’s cheese prata shop, there have been lots of new additions like Al Aleem (similar to the famous local food joint Al Ameen near beauty world in Bukit Timah), Formosa Delights cooking up Taiwanese food and then Dario, our Italian neighbor.
Recently our friend suggested we go eat there. At first we were like nah, let’s go OUT! But she insisted as she had heard good reviews. We reluctantly agreed. But boy was it a delectable surprise!
We started with some Prosecco $10/gls. It was crisp and refreshing. Affordable and good!
For starters we ordered Bufala e Parma, Italian Bufala’s mozzarella with Parma ham and rocket leaves $15. Although this was a bit expensive for starters, the mozzarella tasted farm fresh! The Parma was very good too and it went very well with the cheese and rocket. Although $15 a plate, its worth a try for the superior farm fresh ingredients on the plate!
We ordered their best sellers for mains (according to the staff there).
The first dish we tried was their absolutely gorgeous Prawn Aglio Olio $21. For this simplest Italian pasta, the chef somehow created the most delightful Aglio Olio I have ever tried. Not exaggerating at all! While it’s the simplest to cook, it’s also very hard to achieve perfection in something as simple as this. The spaghetti was cooked to perfection, the garlic was beautifully sliced and browned to perfection and the superior grade of extra Virgin olive oil added to the symphony of flavors!
Next we tried their Pasta Amatriciana $21. This was quite good too. Flavorful tomato sauce and added texture of their well browned crispy bacon was a decent option. Not as amazing as the Aglio Olio but worth a try.
We go to an Italian place and don’t order a pizza?! Impossible! So we ordered our favorite Diavola $23.50! The pizza crust is made fresh, right when you order. It was nice n crispy and went well with their homemade pizza sauce. Overall a very good pizza, although a bit on the expensive side at $23.50.
For dessert we ordered the Tiramisu and their Nutella tart. The Tiramisu was quite good but it didn’t taste of coffee much. The tart was a bit of a disappointment. The base was too buttery and lacked texture. Nutella was underwhelmed by a ton of crumble on the top which again added to more butter in the dish. You could probably skip this.
So overall rating –
Food – 4*
Service – 5*
Ambience – 3*
Price – 3*
Homely and gourmet at the same time, this neighborhood joint is Highly recommended!