A lovely impression of Squid Ink Fettuccine!

During my Singapore trip, I got the chance to taste some mouthwatering pasta when Dr. Leslie Tay brought the few of us to his favorite Italian restaurant, Cugini which is known for serving authentic and delicious Italian food. Cugini is the Italian word for ‘cousins’, which refers to the two Italian owners, Chefs Gerri Sottile and Mauro Muroni.

Leslie Tay, Chef Mauro Muroni and CK Lam

Get to meet up with Chef Mauro

Cugini, a cozy family trattoria is housed in an old charming double storey conserved shop house with an Italian theme. The center of the restaurant has a canopy of glass which provides the restaurant with extra sunlight. The outdoor sitting area is a nice place as it offers diners the street view of the narrow Club Street.

Club Street, Singapore - Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria

Byron, me & Leslie in front of the charming restaurant!

Singapore Italian Restaurant - Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria

A relaxed and inviting dining area…

Chefs Gerri Sottile and Mauro Muroni combined their expertise in running Cugini. The menu featured appetizers, soups and mains with many authentic Southern Italian cuisine & handmade pastas, right up to dessert which are personally prepared by them. On that evening, the kitchen was lead by charming Chef Mauro.

Chef Mauro at Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Singapore Chef Mauro at Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Singapore

Leslie introduces the pasta meal and recommended two pasta dishes cooked with different types of sauces. The special of the night was the freshly made squid ink fettuccine with baby cuttlefish, fresh pea and mullet roe. I have been searching high and low for it in Penang for quite some time and was delighted to find it in Cugini.

In this recipe, fresh pasta was used by Chef Mauro. The freshly-made fettuccine was colored by the ink extracted from the squid and the combination was remarkable.

The pasta was cooked until al dente, tender yet with a firm texture. It was a perfect black treat with deep flavor of the sea.  It really takes some guts to try eating black fettuccine but trust me; you will love it after the first bite. It was a real treat as the fresh pasta have a taste that makes me rethink notions of what good pasta really is.

Squid Ink Fettuccine at Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Singapore

The star of the evening!

Squid Ink Fettuccine at Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Singapore

I had a good view of Chef Mauro cooking in the kitchen when he graciously allowed me to visit the kitchen.

Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Club Street Singapore

Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Singapore

Chef at work!

This is one of the other pasta dishes. This spaghetti was a delight, served with generous amount of seafood and a subtle sauce which had me drooling. The sprinkled parsley brings extra flavor.

Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Singapore Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Singapore

Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria, Singapore

Another visit to this pleasant Italian restaurant would be warranted to try out more of their dishes. I definitely would be bringing a big appetite when I do so! Thanks to Chef Mauro for taking his time away from his work station to mingle with us.

Chef Mauro Muroni & CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria
87 Club Street
#01-01 Singapore 069455
Mangiatutto Pte Ltd

Tel : (65) 6221 3791

Business Hours :

Lunch : 12pm – 2.45pm
Dinner : 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Closed for Saturday lunch

Website: http://www.cugini.com.sg

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11 comments so far


Looks nice!

December 2nd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I wanna try the freshly made squid ink fettuccine with baby cuttlefish, fresh pea and mullet roe for long long time. Must visit this place when I vsit Singapore. lol

December 2nd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Dr Tay’s everywhere :-)

Mmmmmmmmh … gotta try this. My fave squid ink pasta so far was from Pattaya, bet this would beat it :-)


December 3rd, 2009 at 2:15 am

wow the squid ink pasta looks nice! im going to singapore for xmas :D

December 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 am

Italian food is one of the finest food we can get, what’s more is cooked by an Italian!!! superb!

December 3rd, 2009 at 8:49 am

My favourite, Italian food! Those squid ink pasta really does require guts at least for the first bite. :)

December 3rd, 2009 at 9:09 am

hahahahaha.. thanks for sharing that one picture, now I know how they made those spaghetti into nice round shape. :)

December 3rd, 2009 at 9:12 am

love to try out the unique black fefettuccine ~

December 3rd, 2009 at 10:41 am

I got to check it out. Haven’t had a nice Italian dinner for quite sometimes. Must share this info with my boss. LOL!

December 3rd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

not only look nice but awesomely fantastic! lol! **hint**hint*** lol!

December 4th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

i found a plaster with blood in my salad!!! The cooker did not come over to apologise….scandalous! I strongly NOT recommend.

August 14th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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