Located behind stylised sleek black doors along Amoy Street is Gotti Italiano, an Italian restaurant focusing on the cuisines of Naples. Their menu focuses on featuring fresh ingredients, authentic hand-crafted methods and great flavours.
Stylish But Cosy Interior
Gotti Italiano’s interior is best described as plush, luxurious yet homely. You are greeted by an open bar and velvet bar stools, alongside a view of house-made syrups and infusions.
There’s more seating further into the space that can accommodate between 2 and 6 people, with comfortable sofa booths and terrazzo tables. The back wall is covered in a colourful mural with characters dressed like the 1940s, to add to the old-style aesthetics of the space.
The space looks bigger thanks to a ceiling window letting natural light in and strategically placed mirrors! Those interested can also take a peek into the open kitchen behind the seating to watch Head Chef Ilham do his magic with the chef team.
Gotti Italiano Menu
Their menu offerings are large and varied, from antipasti to pizzas for sharing. Some offerings include:
- Insalata Di Polpo ($30): Spanish octopus, Rucola, Rivera olives and cherry tomatoes
- Salmone Trottole ($36): Norwegian smoked salmon with a caper cream dill sauce
- Mr. Gotti ($36): A pizza with beef cheek ragu, Campania bufala mozzarella and Grana Padano
- Al Funghi ($32): Risotto with Carnaroli rice, Nameko shiitake and straw mushrooms
They also have a curated alcohol list and a selection of unique cocktails! Choose from gins, vodka, single-malt whiskies or Aperitivo (Pre-dinner drinks) and Digestivo (Post-dinner drinks). We got to try six different courses with a variety of cocktails.
The meal started with two antipasti, the first being the Burratina ($32). The sphere of burrata came with heirloom tomatoes topped with Genovese basil oil and olive oil caviar (the little golden spheres).
The cheese was creamy and rich, making for the perfect accompaniment for the tomatoes and fragrant basil oil. The olive oil caviar also added a pleasant textural touch, bursting with quality olive oil with each bite.
Tartare Di Gameri Rossi
The second antipasti was the Tartare Di Gameri Rossi ($26), a Silician red prawn tartare with wakame seaweed and ikura. This was our first time trying prawn tartare and it was an experience! The prawn was fresh and had a distinct sweetness, amplified by the slight saltiness from the seaweed.
The first drink pairing was the Cape Limoncello made with Almanfi lemons, Mulazzano Bianco, Amaro Nonino and grapefruit seltzer. Refreshing and tangy, the cocktail definitely helped whet our appetites for the rest of the meal. The crisp flavour of the Almanfi lemons really stood out!
Guanciale Di Manzo
The meal continued with the second course of Guanciale Di Manzo ($32), a hearty pasta dish featuring homemade Fusilli in a slow-cooked Wagyu beef cheek sauce. The Fusilli shape was a great choice as it was able to trap the rich and meaty sauce with each bite. The meat was super tender, with umami from the tomatoes in the sauce!
The drink pairing for the dish was the Produttori Di Manduria – Primitivo IGT, a red wine. It was full-bodied with a slight fruitiness that further brought out the flavours of the heavyset pasta.
One of the chef’s signatures, the Branzino Livornese ($38) featured char-grilled seabass atop a tomato sauce and crushed pistachios. This was one of our highlights! The fish had a crispy skin but tender, fall-apart meat with a smokiness from the grill. With the tartness and garlic from the tomato sauce, the sweetness of the fish made this dish stand out.
The Victoria Di Giorgio cocktail was the pairing for this course, featuring fresh pineapple juice with rum and Adriatico Bianco Amaretto. Refreshing and slightly creamy from the Bianco Amaretto, this fruity cocktail brought out the flavours of the fish.
A special feature was the Maiale Iberico ($36), a chargrilled Spanish Iberico pork with carrot puree and white onion chutney. This dish is perfect for meat lovers – the pork had a crisp outside but melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, and a rich flavour from the fat. The sweetness from the chutney and puree were good additions to cut through the fattiness!
Ricotta Di Lucca
The next course was a Ricotta Di Lucca ($32) pizza, topped with roasted butternut pumpkin, ricotta and caramelised onions. The crust is made from dough with 36-hour proof before being blasted in an electric fire oven, making for a crunchy outside and pillowy inside. All the elements worked to create a satisfying bite, from the crust to the sweetness from the pumpkin and creaminess from the cheese – best eaten hot!
The drink of choice was The Wise Guy, a classic gin Martini finished with a green olive. If you enjoy a no-frills cocktail, this would be a suitable choice!
The meal concluded with Gotti’s Tiramisu ($16). It was on the sweeter side but wasn’t too heavy or cloying. The cream went well with the bitter but fragrant coffee for a fitting conclusion to the Italian meal.
Every four months, Gotti Italiano has a seasonal cocktail, and the cocktail for the year-end season was the Teflon Don. It’s a rendition of a Negroni that is milk clarified – a process where milk is curdled with acid to split into curd and whey. This drink is on the stronger side but had a slight smokiness from the addition of Porcini mushroom, giving a unique aftertaste.
Quality Italian Restaurant In Telok Ayer
Gotti Italiano provides a menu of elevated Italian fare that still prioritises fresh ingredients and authentic flavours, in an equally elevated environment. It’s also located in the heart of Telok Ayer, making for a great dinner spot for special occasions. Secure a reservation online.
78 Amoy St, Singapore 069897
Open daily, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-11.30pm (Last order for mains 9.30pm)