Italian gem in the west: Cacio e Pepe

Authentic Italian food in Bukit Batok!

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By ashley

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If you’re looking for authentic and unpretentious Italian cuisine, your search ends here. Cacio e Pepe is well worth the travel to Bukit Batok and in fact, we’d probably even go to Malaysia to have this. Cacio e Pepe translates to “cheese and pepper”, and if you order it in Italy, it’s literally pasta with cheese and pepper. It’s a local favourite, because it feels simple yet cosy.

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To start off, complimentary bread is served promptly after being seated. It comes with fragrant olive oil and vinegar to dip. The starting antipasti platter already tastes phenomenal, and leaves you wondering how the subsequent dishes will ever exceed your expectations. It is a delightful mix of hot and cold elements – rock melon, calamari, cold cuts, buffalo mozzarella and parma ham. There’s also soup or salads, which are rich and tasty too.

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For mains, the pasta menu is extensive, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. The Linguine al Cartoccio (seafood linguine) is exquisite and comes with a generous serving of seafood. They do most types of pasta – casarecci, bucatini, penne, tagliatelle, tortelli, gnocchi – you name it (if you can), you have it. Many flock to Cacio e Pepe for the risotto (rice) too. Done in numerous ways, the squid ink risotto leaves an indelible impression. The seafood is fresh, and the rice is cooked to perfection. 10/10 would recommend.

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Don’t leave without trying their home-made lava cake with ice cream. It’s a rich, decadent affair that will leave you craving more.

Pro tip 1: ask if there are any specials of the day! Sometimes they bring in limited, special dishes not in the menu. You’ll be surprised with the quality of the selection – there was lobster when we visited!

Pro tip 2: Call and make a reservation early! The place sits up to 50 and fills up quickly, even on weekdays.

 

Where: 3 Chu Lin Road
Operating Hours: Daily: 11:30AM – 2:30PM, 6:00PM – 10:30PM
Contact Information: 6760 3534

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