A friend of mine heavily recommended Casa Tartufo - located at Forum the Shopping Mall. To be honest, my repertoire of Italian restaurants is not great - I much prefer France anytime. In fact, I've been to France a few times, but never to Italy. Hence, Italian food to me is just - so-so; though I do recognise that they have the potential to grow wonderful produce.
Hence, I am usually lost when asked about where to eat Italian; and I'd usually ask around. My friend recommended this place (as mentioned); so I cam here. Located at the first floor of Forum, the ambience was quite lovely - as you can see from the photo. Unfortunately (for them but fortunately for us), it was rather empty.
We ordered an appetizer of fried sardines, which went down quite well; sardines drizzled with fresh olive oil. Quite a yummy combination, much unlike those tinned ones that you get.
I enjoyed my pasta a great deal - the Tajarin - which is basically fresh tagliatelle with black truffles. Very intense depth of flavour and very comforting overall - you can't go wrong smothering an entire dish with truffles. Yummy. (8/10). The price was really expensive though.
My friend's veal chop (Milanese) was pretty ordinary, though admittedly it was a really huge chunk. However, for that sort of prices, I expected far better. (6.5/10)
We left the place not thinking that we would return, save for the Tajarin. We spent close to a hundred per head including wine when I suspect that the quality of food served at other joints would be better, for a much lower price. If each dish were reduced by SGD10 per dish, I may consider going back. After all I don't earn a 5 figure salary.