Food Review: Al Borgo at 383 Bukit Timah Rd, #01-02, Singapore 259727

Al Borgo is probably one of the best kept secrets when it comes to authentic Italian pizza in Singapore. I myself found out about it by chance, when my bestie suggested for us to have dinner there one night. She loved the seafood soup there and wanted me to try it as well! So of course I am there.

The place is very traditional trattoria style, tucked away in a nondescript building along Bukit Timah that had, of all things, a gym next door (nearest MRT Stevens). Luckily despite the open kitchen window, there wasn't a perceptible smell. They've been around for eons, serving up delicious pizza and pasta to the people in the area. 

Screen capture from my TikTok review, scuse the quality.

These appetisers, both hot and cold, looked good though. We were aiming for the seafood soup!

Their meat/fish menu and side dishes were largely ignored by us, but here it is in case one is a non-carb pescatarian or carnivore.

Here's their pasta menu. Prices are actually pretty average, though things like spaghetti aglio olio can be done easily at home.

This is the page to focus on - the pizzas! I saw a huge pizza oven upon walking in, so I know it is going to be freshly made.

The seafood soup (S$17) was quite intense in flavour with a light tomato base infused with the goodness of the sea. Shellfish, prawns, scallops were all plump and juicy. This is a hearty soup that warms the cockles of one's heart. 4/5

We then tried another new appetiser, the Capesante Toscane (S$27), and unfortunately it was a miss. The overall dish was a bit too cold for my liking, and the scallops were obviously heated up from frozen ones and it was still a bit cold inside. I don't think we really tasted much of the pork belly mentioned on the menu. Just weird AND expensive, so avoid. 1/5

The pasta we had was decently delicious though to make up for the disappointment! It's the Spaghetti e Polpa di Granchio (S$29), or Italian chilli crab in pink sauce. The mix of tomato and cream gave the sauce the lightness needed to balance out the strong crab flavours, and crab chunks were quite generously incorporated. My only complaint is the pasta is just maybe 10% too soft for my liking! But overall a difficult dish that they pulled off. 4/5

Then, the finale! We initially thought it would be too much to get 2 appetisers and a pasta PLUS a pizza, but this was so good we managed to finish it! I would typically get a margherita pizza for its simplicity but we wanted something a bit spicy that night so the Diavola (S$24) which had mozzarella cheese and salami, was chosen. What a great choice. It's simple but so very delicious. The leopard spots on the thin crust pizza was indicative enough, and the base was just thin yet substantial for the toppings. It was the best pizza I had in 2023, no cap. 5/5

Al Borgo had a miss, but the hits made up for it. Go for their pizzas and the seafood soup and you won't be disappointed. I also liked it for its understated presence filled with family diners, unlike some "TikTok famous" places. Highly recommended!

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Al Borgo
383 Bukit Timah Road, #01-02, Singapore 259727
Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm
Reservations on Chope or call 9772 1680

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