bruno’s pizzeria and grill, katong

very good italian family-style trattoria in the food wonder that is katong. we’ve gotten in the habit of prowling katong hunting for new restaurants to try post-dinner, which is how we happened upon bruno’s – and it was a good thing we did.

the food is great – good ingredients, large portions, strong flavors – and the atmosphere of the place is as lovely as you’d want: there’s a certain coziness that comes with the patronage of clearly-regular customers who banter with wait staff and rambunctious children that properly create that rather indescribable something that makes an italian establishment.

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nothing fancy here, so don’t worry about poncy posh fine-dining. we’re talking italian the way its meant to be – large portions, the option of using your hands, and none of that tweensy plated artpieces that never fill you up.

it’s a pretty standard menu, but it clearly works for them – we started off with soup:


a zuppa ai funghi for the sis (pretty run-of-the-mill mushroom), and a lobster bisque for dad. that orange soup was decent, but could have been much improved with further reduction. as was, it felt a little diluted and watery, though at least the flavour was strong enough to be inoffensive.

I must say though, that I was very impressed with that large prawn above – even if we might have expected a slip of lobster instead (seeing as how that’s the eponymous crustacean).

we then had starters to share, which brought fruitti di mare fritto to the table – anaemically-fried prawns and squid, but decently seasoned and served with a good tomato-ey salsa – though seriously, the highlight of the meal was the plate of mussels that came after.


I can’t quite remember if this was off-the-menu or a daily special, but heck, ask for it anyway. simply cooked in white wine with a lot of garlic and just a smidgen of tomato and onions, the mussels were large but plump (usually only applicable to tiny mussels), incredibly juicy, and beautiful-tasting. the sauce was also well-soppable with the bread (which I forgot to mention isn’t really great on its own for being slightly stale-tasting and bland, but it sure served its purpose here).


so it was just as well that the mains came out well – because we were completely stoked after that dish. linguine al granchio crema was a cream-enriched crab pasta swirled about a ball of al dente noodles – delicious, but also incredibly filling. also rather one-dimensional in texture and flavor – which made it slightly cloying toward the end. kudos for the generous serving of crab meat, but I think we might have been better served with this in a smaller portion (though you could plame it on us ordering quite a bit too much).

I liked the tagliolini neri con gamberi a little better, black squid-inked noodles cooked in tomato sauce with seafood. it was lighter in flavor, chockful of bouncy (almost a little bouncy – which may suggest the use of alkaline treatment) seafood – more varied in texture and flavor. I think it was also just as well we didn’t opt for black ink in the sauce – it would have been too rich.



the bistecca alla griglia was a well-cooked piece of beef – pink in the middle and char-marked outside, just the way I like it. it was also accompanied by a pretty impressive spread of sides: home-fried potato cubes, a green balsamic-tossed salad and some asparagus wrapped in bacon – all in all a pretty decent dish.

it was also a tad fatty because it was the rib-eye, but there’s an option of a slightly-smaller piece of tenderloin for the same price, if you’re so inclined (which I am).


and, we finished with a pizza. it was really a crazy feast of food on our table for only five people – but we couldn’t ignore the lovely and very-enticing smells emanating from their oven (nor could we overlook those rather perfect looking rounds going out to the other tables). it took a bit of time to arrive (they forgot our order), but pretty well-worth the wait: an airy crust piled high with pepperoni (?) and cheese, and which went fantastically rolled up with a heavy-handed pinch of chilli.

that was a lot of food – and makes me really full just thinking about it. it was also a really good meal – not inexpensive, but competitively-priced (and likely a good deal considering the portions), the wait staff kept the food coming and our glasses filled, and I really enjoyed how family-friendly it was.

great for informal, belly-busting dinners – a fantastic find.

Bruno’s Pizzeria & Grill
338 Tanjong Katong Rd
Singapore 437110
tel +65 6440 4525
$$: two appetisers + two soups + two pastas + one pizza + one steak = five incredibly-full people = two-zero-zero(ish)

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