Restaurant review: Milano Pizza & Wine revisits grandma’s Neo-Neopolitan and Sicilian pizzas at Craig Road, Lifestyle News
When we think of pizza, an old film reel featuring pizza dough shoved in a wood-fired oven to the symphonic tune of Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” spins in our heads. Someone else? No? Maybe we watched too many movies.
Nevertheless, there is no denying Singaporeans’ undying passion for Italian cuisine. And here to satisfy our dough cravings, there’s another lively pizzeria in town: Milano Pizza & Wine.
A new addition to Craig Road’s bustling entourage of restaurants and bars, Milano Pizza & Wine is the brainchild of SJS Group – the folks behind beloved Italian concepts like Pasta Bar and Bar Milano. Working with world-renowned pizza maker and best-selling author Anthony “Pizza Czar” Falco, this pizzeria specializes in artisan Neo-Neopolitan and Sicilian 400-degree sourdough pizzas, as well as an Italian selection of natural and organic biodynamic wines.
With its white-walled exterior, minimalist signage, and shady umbrellas, the shophouse restaurant is pretty easy to miss. But don’t let the bland exterior fool you. As you enter the dimly lit restaurant, you’re greeted by a funky space, incorporating modern European interiors, elongated banquettes, groovy music, and romantic candlelight.
As your eyes begin to wander, you’ll notice eclectic accent pieces like ruffled hanging pink lamps, quirky portraits of dogs dressed in regal attire, and mirrors galore. Accompanied by the chatter and laughter of lively patrons, the restaurant maintains a relaxed and warm ambiance.
From sangria to spritzes, Milano whips up a selection of cocktails like the Pinot Grigio Cucumber Spritz ($44 per pitcher for two). This easy-drinking refresher combines the bright, fruity flavors of Pinot Grigio, lime, honey, cucumber and mint – almost resembling a diluted mojito.
To start, expect a small selection of vegetarian plates ranging from salad to Brussels sprouts. Our Handmade 125G Burrata ($28) is served with cherry tomatoes, arugula and pesto, bursting with light, fresh flavor and a creamy mouthfeel. We also enjoyed the accompanying pane fresca, a dense, doughy bread with a distinctive sourdough flavor.
Of course, the sourdough pizzas are the star of the show. Slowly fermented for 24 hours to impart a chewy flavor, the pizzas here are offered in Sicilian and Neo-Neopolitan grandma’s renditions, with funky fusion toppings ranging from potato and caviar to onsen egg, mexican street corn and even char siu.
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The Sicilian Mortadella and Burrata Grandma Pizza ($27) features a deep crust, topped with fresh stracciatella cheese and slices of mortadella. Carefully rested and refolded for 24 hours, the crust is certainly unusual – two inches of dense sourdough with an almost mash-like texture. This one is for people who love pizza as much for the dough as for the toppings.
We also tried their neo-Neapolitan pizzas with their Upside-Down Vodka Sauce & Calabrese ($28). The crust offers a zesty chew – although less airy as expected – topped with generous toppings of cheese and pepperoni.
With such hearty toppings, the Commune Of Buttons Pretty Fun Pet Nat Rose offers a welcome pairing to wash it all down, with its burst of fruity and floral flavors. Want to choose a bottle or two? Stroll through the glassed-in wine section and browse their collection, focusing on grapes native to Italy.
The dessert selection is modest, but don’t overlook it. The Amalfi Lemon Meringue Pie ($18) is a generously sized pie with distinctive lemon flavors that pair beautifully with the basil cream, wrapped in a sweet, crunchy crust. Pizza, wine and sweets to top it all off – what more could you ask for for a hangout with friends or a romantic date by candlelight?
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Milano Pizza & Wine is located at 10 Craig Road, Singapore 089370. Open Monday-Wednesday 6:00-10:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 6:00-10:30 p.m.
This article was first published in City Nomads.