Blending the best of old and new, iO Italian Osteria inside HillV2 on Hillview Rise is one of Singapore’s most unique Italian eateries. The food is particularly good for sharing, the wine and drinks lists are extensive and group dinners here are a sure-fire winner – just be sure to reserve a table in advance, because iO Italian Osteria is no secret among proper Italian food-lovers around Bukit Batok and beyond!
Dear Diners, please note that iO Italian Osteria has the following two sittings for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holiday dinner reservations:
1st Sitting: 6 – 6:15 to 8pm
2nd Sitting: 8:15pm onwards
With the atmosphere of a wine bar and culinary quality of a fine Italian restaurant, iO Italian Osteria is something special in Singapore. Housed inside the HillV2 shopping mall on Hillview Rise but feeling more like an elegant farmhouse overlooking the Tuscan hills, iO Italian Osteria in Bukit Batok nails the ambience with a balance of traditional and contemporary design elements. Still, what really sets this Italian eatery apart from others is of course the food, curated by renowned chef Anna Borrasi and presented in a style both rustic and refined.
iO Italian Osteria specialises in small plates and shared platters designed to be enjoyed in good company over some good drinks, like seared calamari, angus beef carpaccio, authentic Italian street-food treats or boards of assorted cold cuts, cheeses and ever-changing chef’s specialties. If you’re after something heartier, though, you’re in good hands here in Bukit Batok (close to both Hillview and Cashew MRT stations), because iO Italian Osteria offer a broad range of traditional pastas (some of them hard to come by otherwise in Singapore, like the orecchiette with special Italian pork sausage and saffron sauce), spicy roasted farmhouse chicken, beer-braised beef and a choice of irresistible Italian desserts like house-made gelato or pistachio tiramisu.
Good food. Especially enjoyed the stuffed roman schiacciata. The mixed grilled fish and seafood was good, especially the squid. The service was excellent. Will definitely return for another visit.
Always had good food at this place. The service is also efficient and friendly- overall good value for your mone as compared to other more expensive Italian restaurants in town.
Very special pasta with great taste. Good service and nice restaurant deco, give us a very homely feel. We enjoyed our meal very much, price is reasonable! Highly recommended.
The best Italian restaurant I ever tried in the west side of Singapore. Always busy as the foods are nicely prepared and very authentic. Best Tiramisu i ever tasted as well!
I heard rave reviews from several Facebook friends so I wanted to try it. It's hard to get last minute reservations and not all the times are given out to Quandoo, you may have to call the restaurant directly sometimes. I finally managed a reservation on Quandoo yesterday. The place was packed, Tables are placed very close together ( about 20cm apart) and it's very hard to have a proper conversation, perhaps because we were sitting under the speakers and there was loud music playing, I could hear the neighbouring tables more than my own family. Service was efficient and food was served hot and quickly ( I was surprised such a small open kitchen could cope with such a large number of diners). There were 4 of us and not enough space on the table for our food! We had the roast pork belly - very tender but the crackling was not as crispy as our local siew yoke! We also had the calamari skewers - not very tasty even though they were smothered in a pesto and tomato sauce. The tagolini with lemon and prawns tasted overwhelmingly of asparagus, none of us liked it. The roast chicken was huge and came dripping with juice, It was tasty and tender. The beer braised beef was melt in your mouth tender and tasty. The assorted pizza platter arrived at the end and they were hot, with a thick crispy on the outside chewy on the inside Napolitian style thick crust with lots of cheese, flavours and ingredients. I'm more a thin crust pizza person - so didn't like it as much. 2 of us say we would be back, personally I think I'll go to Pepperoni Pizza next time.
Lovely place, lovely service, lovely people. Great service hosted by an Italian lady, gave great recommendations and explained the food they had to offer with much details, although I've to admit I got lost in her accent several times. A pity we didn't get to try much since it was only a party for two and the food is pretty filling. I'd recommend the schiaciatta, porchetta and the lovely biscottis available at the bakery, truly a true blue, rare Italian dining experience! Downside is that the menu had zero pictures so it's difficult to know what to expect, local service crew barely knows anything about the food, and almost always had to seek help from the Italians for explanations, Also the lamb ragout pasta and truffle and mascarpone schacchiata was really rich in flavoring and very much of a one taste dish, so it can be really too much for two to share, would encourage people to bring more friends along and order more food to share!! ;)
The seating is too cramped. Too many tables too close together and the noise levels when the restaurant is full is very loud. You cannot have a proper conversation without having to raise your voice. Food was good and served on time. The wait staff were okay but could do with more training. A few times, in the middle of speaking to them, they would turn away even before I was done. The place experienced 3 black outs due to loss of power when I was there. I was here on a weekday and have patronized this place 8 times in the past 24 months. Could improve.
Service was prompt, efficient, and they were ever ready to assist with any questions. The food was delicious, cooked by authentic Italian chefs and one of them on passing by our table paused to suggest how to eat the dish to enjoy the fullest taste. We found it worth the value. The only not so good experience for me was the caffe latte, but dessert more than made up for it. Yums! Will be back for more even though I live in the Far East of Singapore!
I had a lot more expectations considering the reviews on tripadvisor and some friends, was disappointed compared to that, specially for vegetarian options. We had the stuffed Roman Schiacciata that was quite nice. We also ordered the Hand cut potatoes, rock salt and rosemary that a bit too burnt and sweet for our liking. We went on to ordering a pesto linguini- the pasta was a bit too al dente and the sauce did not have enough 'hit' of basil in it. Had to add salt to taste in both the pasta and the rosemary potato. The best dish was the dessert-Pistachio Tiramisu- it was soft and still held its shape and was delicious. Overall ok, just not great! In terms of service I thought they came to ask us for next order too soon, one after another. should leave us alone and we can ask. There was another guy who was always hovering around the table to clear things or see if we needed anything, but felt intrusive.
The environment was great. It was not my first time dining at the restaurant thus love the usual truffle bread. The seafood platter was a bit disappointing as the fishes were overcooked. The pork belly was a little salty this time round compared to previous. They served blended soup which we love it so much! Overall, good experience and will definitely be back again to try more of their dishes.