I have heard so much about La Nonna, we finally went to try it out with Ms E, since we get a good 35% Palate discount with 3 diners. La Nonna means “The Grandmother” in Italian and so La Nonna would stand for traditional, unpretentious Italian country cuisine, in a cosy restaurant.
We had a little drama with the manager because when I made the reservation on a Monday, they confirmed my reservation and that the Palate promotion of 35% for 3 pax will be honoured (I specifically asked). When we arrived on Friday evening, firstly, they couldn’t find our booking. Then, they said there was no promotion that night because Sunday was a PH. Even after I showed him my call log to their restaurant landed line on that Monday before, the manager insisted I might have called the Holland V branch. After haggling for 10 minutes, he rather reluctantly allowed us 35% off still, but looking still obviously agitated, which I felt was quite bad customer service.
The starters were thankfully, very impressive. Vitello Tonnato, ($20) which is sliced roasted Veal loin with Tuna sauce and Rucola Salad. I loved the light peppery taste on the veal, which was perfectly complemented by the salad! The Mozzarella E Parma ($19) -Pan-fried Mozzarella wrapped in 18-month aged Parma Ham served with Mesclun Salad – was delightful!
The pastas, were, however disappointing. I ordered a tomato based Capellini with Scallops (~$25) from the specials list. This pasta bordered on BAD. It was tasteless…almost like the tomato sauce was twice diluted over. It was such a let down as I was so looking forward to La Nonna which should be really good for pastas. I really hope they didn’t take it out on my pasta because of the argument over the Palate promotion. N and E had the Tagliatelle with Prawns (~$20+) which had more flavour than my bland capellini and it was average. Not hand made either.
Good thing we had 2 people with sweet tooth so we still decided to try the desserts, which saved the night. We ordered the Torta Della Nonna ($12) – Homemade Lemon Tart with Ricotta Cheese and Raspberry sauce and Panna Cotta ($12) – Egg-less Vanilla Custard Cream with fresh Berry. I really love this Panna Cotta with perfectly wobbly texture and rich vanilla creamy texture. YUMS. In fact, it is one of my favourite Panna Cottas in Singapore!
Very extreme feelings within a review because I absolutely adored the starters and the desserts, but the pasta was bad and the service attitude was not the best though they gave us the Palate discount begrudgingly. Sigh, probably will be back for starters and desserts only.
Address: 76 Namly Place
Operating Hours: Daily: 12:00 – 14:30, 18:00 – 22:30