|Monti takes over the space previously occupied by the now-defunct Catalunya|
Even as revelers bemoan the closure of Catalunya, a new lifestyle destination has quietly debuted on the grounds of the Fullerton Pavilion. Named Monti, the new kid on the Marina Bay block by the One Rochester Group offers regional Italian cuisine in sharing plates format prepped by new-to-Singapore Italian chef, Luigi Calcagno, co-owner of Zibiru in Seminyak, Bali. Apart from fresh pastas – think ravioli stuffed with braised veal osso buco, cream of bone marrow, Parmesan and lemon zest – fielded from an open pasta kitchen, the menu will also feature rustic dishes like Il Segreto, marinated Fermin Iberico secreto pork on a bed of creamy polenta with chanterelle mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano; Rombo, a whole sustainably sourced baked turbot topped with discs of potatoes; and Signor Monti, monkfish fillet enveloped in pancetta served alongside ratatouille in rosemary jus. To complete the experience, the copper-topped marble bar offers a list of spiffy libations (for a start, we suggest the signature Mr Monti, a white rum-based swizzle enlivened with grapefruit juice, grapefruit tonic and fresh Italian herbs) served to energetic beats curated by resident DJs Adam Sky, Stephen Day, Tirso Garcia and Victoria. Monti officially opens on 11 November 2016.
© Evelyn Chen 2013