Type of Institution: Non-vegetarian
Address: Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-04
Tel: +65 6532 9939
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 p.m.-2:30p.m., and 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Procacci of Firenze fame has been raved about since its establishment in Singapore in late 2010, and rightly so. Lovers of Italian fine dining will delight in the impressive selection in the wine list and the traditional yet creative Tuscan cuisine. Its prime location in Customs House offers beautiful views of Marina Bay and the financial district – come just before sunset and grab an alfresco seat for the full experience. Combined with their irreproachable service – all the staff I spoke to were genuinely friendly and helpful – I definitely see myself returning to Procacci soon. Perhaps the only disappointment was that there were no vegan desserts.
The golden focaccia bread was skilfully executed in terms of both texture and taste – It was extremely crunchy and crusty on the outside, yet perfectly soft on the inside and retaining its fluffiness with every bite. Rosemary, black olives and tomatoes lent a classic flavour. Focaccia bread can be either dry or slightly oily, and this belonged to the former. Dip it liberally in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or the delicious herbed black olive paste. For my fellow vegans: I checked to ensure the focaccia bread contained no dairy, but you might want to check again to be sure, or if they are serving another type of bread. (Complimentary)
Zuppa di Farro con Porcini al Tartufo
The alluring waft of truffle oil hit me the second the dish was set in front of me. Chewy, al dente barley and tiny cubes of diced carrot mix with earthy, meaty slices of porcini mushroom in a creamy potato soup base. The portion size was satisfying. Highly recommended. ($17)
Spaghetti with Arrabiatta Sauce and Grilled Vegetables
I custom-made this pasta as there were no vegan options on the menu. I love simple dishes executed flawlessly – these are often the most difficult to find. It was the most perfectly al dente spaghetti I’ve had in a long time – personally, dishes like this elevate the often neglected noodle to the status of a prized delicacy. Grilled juicy eggplant soaked up the arrabiatta sauce while crunchy red and yellow capsicum cubes sweetened the dish. If you’re vegan, feel free to use your creativity and tell the staff what you would like. ($28)
Conclusion: Procacci is a must if you love traditional Italian food. Or, for some strange reason, you don’t and you need some convincing.