Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Madrina Pizza at Queens Road

Pasta...who can resist it? The bane of weight watchers because it packs a wallop of carbohydrates. But I love it...

And use the excuse of my cycling as the need to eat plenty of carbs. In this review, I want to touch on one of our go to places for pasta, mainly because it is very near to our home, but also it is quite good, and we love the quiet ambience on weekdays.

My standard to judge pasta places is the deceptively simple aglio olio...just spaghetti tossed with olive oil, garlic, chilli and some herbs. I usually add some prawns as it goes particularly well with the aglio olio.

Simple dish, yet deceptively difficult. The pasta must be done just right, al dente. The virgin olive oil sufficient, but not too much as it will make the dish greasy. The bits of garlic, chopped parsley were nice, fragrant. And the prawns were superb. Very fresh, crunchy, sweet and tasty.

Kin had her spaghetti carbonara

To our taste too! The pasta was al dente as with the aglio olio. And the sauce was quite rich, creamy...as it should be. The crispy bacon bits and shards of parmigiano completed the dish. We loved it! In true Italian style, the sauce was to be enough to stick to the pasta and no more. Too many Italian places in Singapore leave a pool of sauce after one finishes the pasta. This is not how it is meant to be...in Italy, the sauce is to accompany the pasta, so it needs to be enough, and not too much. 

When Edwards eats with us, these days he is serving his NS...we needed another dish...and to mix things up, we tried (for the first time after years eating here, we always had the pastas...but we tried this time) the pizza.

Pizza with cooked parma ham, with plenty of rucola leaves. We lapped it up too...for some reason, the cooking just suits our taste. The bread was thin, crispy on the bottom, and only slightly fluffy...not chewy at all. The toppings were very good, and the ham was very nice. We found the rucola a bit much, but I am not one to complain about that, as I love it just as a salad.

For us, this little restaurant just works. I try not to compare it to the other Italian restuarants I have eaten, but I dare say it compares well. We will return for many more meals there.
Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 17:30 - 22:00

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