Representing the central core of Italian culture, Publico Ristorante has opened its doors to serve mouth-watering Italian dishes in a breezy setting overlooking the Singapore River. The restaurant is the third and final concept of the multi-faceted gourmet playground, PUBLICO, to open at The Quayside.
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Interiors are inspired by modern Italian architecture, which is brought to life
through intricate masonry details at the bar, a bold geometric granite floor from
Italy, and custom furniture pieces made by award-winning New York design firm,
AvroKO. A focal point of the indoor area are roaring twin pizza ovens, where a
selection of bar seats are available to get up close to the action.
Taking inspiration from the al fresco piazzas dotted along Italy’s coastline, floor to
ceiling windows and doors flow open onto the leafy terrace to give the illusion of a
garden experience from the indoor dining area. The interior design further blurs
the line between inside and out with oversized earthen and concrete planters
sprinkled throughout, and a sprawling wine bar on the periphery of the venue with
large windows that cantilever open to the terrace – an elegant riverside dining
destination with soft lighting and lush greenery.
Buffalo Mozzarella Salad, vine ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar.
Arancini alla Bolognese, fried risotto balls with slow-cooked beef bolognese
Bruschetta, tomatoes, chilli, garlic, basil, red onion, extra virgin olive oil
Calamari and Cauliflower Fritti, lemon and caper aioli dip
Lobster Spaghetti, cherry tomatoes, garlic, white wine, chilli
Tartufata, mozarella, porcini mushroom, smoked scamorza, truffle
Burrata, homemade tomato sauce, fresh burrata cheese, sundried tomatoes, italian basil
Gorgonzola, mozzarella, gorgonzola, pancetta, walnuts, honey, extra virgin olive oil
La fiorentina, t bone steak, arugula salad, rosemary fried potatoes, caponata “sicilian braised eggplants”
Bombolini with Lemon Curd Dip
Menu highlights include the signature Risotto “alla Milanese” with saffron,
pecorino cheese and red wine reduction, and wood fired pizzas including the Baci e Ricotto – a delicious creation of homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, smoked scamorza, shavings of pork belly and crumbled ricotta. The authentic yet contemporary
menu was imagined by Executive Chef Marco Turatti, who refined his expertise in culinary institutions across Italy, before bringing his personalised Italian
touch to Publico Ristorante. To complement the food menu, the curated wine list takes guests on a journey through Italy, from full bodied Chiantis from Tuscany to crisp white
Pinot Grigios from Friuli, while the sophisticated drinks menu features housemade Vermouth and artisan cocktails such as Negronis on tap.
As the third concept in a trio of Italian dining experiences, the Ristorante is joined
by Publico Deli, a rustic establishment reminiscent of the bustling eateries and
pavement cafes of Italian neighbourhoods. After dark, Publico Deli undergoes a
metamorphosis into two new concepts. This day-to-night transition turns the venue
into a sophisticated night-time destination: the front half, signposted by the neon
PUBLICO DELI sign, serves indulgent Italian sweet treats, such as the house special
Tiramisu pots. Hidden behind the back wall of the Dessert Café, neighbourhood
bar Marcello creates Italian craft cocktails inspired by the early to mid 20th century.
Marcello emanates the glamour of 1960’s Milan, and with Southeast Asia’s largest
collection of Amari, it’s the city’s best kept secret to start or end an evening in style.
Publico Ristorante is open for dinner every night, 6pm to 11pm.