As the dread of work and school seeps in, there’s nothing like a hearty set lunch from LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar to motivate us to carry on hustling.
Opened by the famed Les Amis Group, LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar has a curated menu of pizzas, pasta, desserts and more! I went with my friend to beat the crowds in trying out their affordable 3-course lunch menu ($22++)
*Note: AshWongEats visited LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar before the tightened COVID-19 measures implemented on 16 May 2021. Please opt for the takeaway menu on LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar’s website if you want to try their dishes, and stay safe!
Space & Ambience
Located in Shaw House Orchard, LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar has contemporary decor with calming salmon coloured walls and mosaic tiles. The restaurant has an upbeat ambience which is perfect for friend outings, romantic dates and family gatherings.
I want to make a special mention to the LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar staff for their excellent service during my visit. The waiter that served my table was cheerful and gave good, honest recommendations of what I should have during my first time there. I was surprised at the hospitality and the helpfulness that made me want to visit again.
The Caesar salad, poached egg, pancetta crips, anchovy dressing (ala carte $8) is a green paradise. I was pleasantly shocked at the large portion, but no complaints from me. The lettuce is crisp and fresh, and the yolk from the poached egg oozes over the leaves with ease when cut. The pancetta crips were the right saltiness and add an oomph alongside the leaves and cheese.
I tend to steer clear of ordering caesar salads because they are usually doused in cream sauce. Hence, the anchovy dressing gave a refreshing, light taste to the lettuce. I would recommend ordering it.
The Deep Fried Calamari, paprika-rosemary salt (ala carte $10, add $2 in lunch set) had a light batter that’s not overly floury. Other than that, there’s nothing really much to shout about the dish.
Mentaiko chitarra with soft boiled egg, cream, plum and seaweed (ala carte: $17.50)
The chitarra (a variety of egg pasta typical of the Abruzzo region in Italy) had a texture that reminds me of Japanese Udon, which is a perfect combo to the big spoonful of mentaiko paste on it. The pasta itself is moist from the cream sauce, but it’s light when eaten. My only complaint was that I wished there would be some white fish to go with it to balance the dish.
The Mixed Meat pizza (ala carte is 12”: $24. Set lunch is 9”) consists of meat ragu, bacon, salami, nduja, tomato passata, fior di latte.
First off, you can smell the pizza’s aroma before it’s placed on your table, which is always a plus. The pizza has a thin crust with fluffy dough. When pulled, the fior di latte cheese is stringy with its piping hot cheese spiderwebs. The pizza is generous with meat but is not greasy.
The Bread butter pudding with vanilla sauce (ala carte: $5) was soft on the outside but dry on the inside. The saving grace for it was the rich vanilla sauce that gives it a nice glaze. I would recommend passing it for other desserts.
The Tiramisu (ala carte: $6) has the right balance of alcohol and sweetness. The tiers are sturdy, and the coffee flavour nicely coats your mouth.
Overall, I give LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar the following rating:
Space & Ambience: 4/5
*All photos were taken by me. This post is not sponsored, opinions are of my own.
LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar
1 Scotts Road Shaw Centre #03-23/24, Singapore 228208
Delivery operating hours: 12:00 PM – 08:45 PM (Mon-Sun)