Over the weekend, I went to an Italian restaurant at Rochdale Road. Well, those of you who stay around Serangoon/Upper Paya Lebar may be familiar with this road. However, when I was first told about this place, I was like “hum?! where is this place?”
Anyway, the restaurant is Cacio e pepe at 4 Rochdale Road. We ordered quite a number of dishes, some were really good, some were alright but the desserts were a great disappointment.
Okay let’s talk about the hit. For antipasti, we had 3 servings of Calamari Fritti, 2 servings of Portobello and 2 servings of Vongole & Cozze. All the antipasti that we tried were great especially the Portobello. As for the Calamari, avoid dipping the sauce if you are not into too spicy stuff. After a while, we just ate the Calamari neat. The Vongole & Cozze was nice too, like clams in wine. *yum*
Calamari with special chef sauce
Fresh Portobello mushrooms baked with crab meat and prawn finished with rich gorgonzola sauce. *YUM*
Sautéed clams and mussel simmered in a white wine sauce
For the mains, we had Prosciutto Parma Ham Pizza, Risotto Granchio, Gnocchi Marinari, Spaghetti Carbonara and Home-made Pappardelle con Salsa di Tartufo. For the Prosciutto Parma Ham Pizza, the crust was alright but the cheese was a bit salty for our liking. The Risotto Granchio (Risotto in tomato sauce with crab meat, zucchini with white wine cherry tomato) reminded me of wet cooked rice fried with tomato ketchup. I will definitely not order that again. The spaghetti carbonara was a bit dry. Maybe we did not order the right dishes, but will I go back to try again?
Sorry guys, only managed to capture a picture of the pizza.
For the desserts, we had Lava Cake, Rum Lava Cake and Tiramisu. The ice cream that came with the Lava Cake tasted weird and the tiramisu was such a disappointment for an italian restaurant! I think I can do better!
As for the service, there were only 2 waitress that noon. Not really attentive as it took them quite a while to get us extra napkins. We also ordered coffee after the meal and 2 of our orders were kinda of forgotten.
I probably will not go back as I think the place is a bit out of the way for me and I think there is really nothing great that makes me want to go back again. However, if I stay around that area, maybe I will give it a try again, maybe
Cacio e pepe
4 Rochdale Road
Tel : 6281 1905
Service : 2.5/5
Food : 3/5 ( Decided to give a 3 as the antipasti were good and maybe I ordered the wrong mains that day.)