We were served cold Ciabatta, which was a disappointing start to the meal. We asked the PRC waitress if she could warm our bread. She looked flustered, mumbled something rather incoherent and scurried off without our bread basket. We figured that she might probably be getting a fresh basket of bread for us and had forgotten about the cold bread in her haste.
A sexily-clad Chinese lady (presumably the lady boss/manager) came by to our table and told us that she heard that we had “problems” with the bread. We told her that there was no problem besides it being cold and we’d prefer warm bread. She then explained to us that Ciabatta is an Italian bread, that she had baked herself on that very day, that the reddish “colour” came from with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, so they can’t be stale. Gee, thanks for teaching us about the bread but surely, she could have laid off the condescending tone whereby she sounded as if she thought that we’d never eaten bread or Ciabatta or Sun-Dried Tomatoes in our lives. Then she went on to say that their ovens are very full and they didn’t have the time nor oven space to warm breads. We told her, ok, we won’t trouble you but please remove the cold bread as we won’t be eating it anyway and we wouldn’t want to waste them. She looked annoyed and took the bread away.
Unfortunately, the Fettucine was over-cooked. It wasn’t a soggy and mushy mass but it lacked the bite that is characteristic of al dente pasta. The cream sauce was a little too heavy and salty. I felt bloated after eating about half the plate of pasta though I didn’t feel sated. I thought it was a pity as I generally like pastas in Aglio Olio or cream sauces but this was too much to bear and I decided to give dessert a miss.
Joone’s Seafood Spaghetti was also overdone and the tomato-based sauce was rather bland.
Da Mario Pizzeria
60 Robertson Quay,
#01-05/06 The Quayside,
Tel: +65 6235-7623
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11.30am to 3pm & 6.00pm to 10.30pm
Closed on Mondays