By Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet

The intrepid Travelling Gourmet visits an intriguing Italian Trattoria near his alma mater…

 MARGHERITA & Marinara are just two beauties you’ll enjoy meeting in Donna Carmela, one of my favourite Italian ristorante in sunnySingapore. This homely, family style Italian Trattoria is located in a quite residential area near my alma mater, namelySingapore’s famous NationalJunior College. The open bar by the entrance serves wine and cocktails like Brazilian Caipiranha. Simone, the friendly and charming owner, hails from Brindisi inItaly, as do the rest of his famiglia that run this trattoria. Simone always greets me with “Buona sera Il Padrino della Gastronomia!” when I arrive. It means “Godfather of Gastronomy”.

Luciano Pavarotti sings “O sole mio” in the background as you tuck into Antipasti like Caprese, and my favourite “Combinazione di Entrambi. This mixed cheese and Italian cold cuts platter is served with crusty bread, Mazetti Balsamico and Extra Virgin Olive oil. I adore the Pecorino (sheep’s cheese), red wine cheese, Mortadella, Prosciutto di Parma and other delights.




Yummy Combinazione di Entrambi

For a hearty soup, I recommend yummy, earthy Porcini Mushroom soup.

 Pasta Mania!

When it comes to pasta, I adore Ravioli Granchio ed Aragosta al Salmone e Caviale. Bite in to the ‘al dente’ (firm to the bite) ravioli to discover lobster and salmon. The luscious creamy sauce is made with salmon and caviar…I also like Lunette ai Tartufi, moon shaped pasta stuffed with aromatic, addictive Truffles!

Ravishing Ravioli Granchio ed Aragosta al Salmone e Caviale

The set lunch is a good deal because for S$25, you get Antipasti, Pasta or Pizza, Dessert of the day and coffee or tea. For an extra S$5, you will have soup too. Choose from 5 Antipasti like Carpaccio di Filetto di Manzo con Rucola which is Carpaccio of beef fillet with fresh Arugula and shaved Parmigiano (Parmesan cheese) There are 5 pizzas to choose from like Pizza Margherita which was named after the Queen of Italy, Marinara with seafood and Capricciosa which has ham, artichokes, mushrooms, olives and Oregano. Margherita is a very patriotic pizza because the red tomato, white Mozzarella cheese and green Basil are the colours of Italy’s national flag.

Some history here: Pizza Margherita was prepared by Italian chef Raffaelle Esposito. The pizza was first made in 1899 when Queen Margherita visited Naples to escape a cholera epidemic in the north of Italy. Queen Margherita liked the pizza so much that she wrote a thank you letter to Chef Esposito, who decided to name the pizza after the Queen, the Consort of King Umberto I.

You can also choose from 5 pastas like Tagliatelle Marinara with mixed seafood, white wine, chilli & garlic.

Sunday Brunch!

A delicioso (delicious) offer is the Sunday Brunch where it is only S$69++ for a buffet of Antipasti, 2 kinds of special Pasta, Grilled Agnello (lamb), Beef & Fish as well as a Dessert Buffet. Plus a free flow of Tintoretto Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, the celebrated Italian sparkling wine made by the “Charmant” method, Pinot Grigio white wine and red wines like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Nero di Avola from Sicily and Chianti Classico from Tuscany!

An Assortment


Panna Cotta


La Dolce Vita

Ma…DONNA! Savouring Fragola (strawberry) Panna Cotta with a glass of redolent Donnafugata Passito Ben Rye 2007 from Sicilia with its voluptuous notes of candied apricots, peaches, lemons, caramel & toffee…is truly La Dolce Vita! Buon appetito!



Il Padrino della Gastronomia







Donna Carmela Trattoria

2, Greenwood Avenue

Singapore 289189

Tel: 64634206

Hours; Daily Lunch 12noon to 2.45pm

Dinner 6pm to 11pm

 Ambience 3.5*             Cuisine 3.5*                 Service ****

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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2 Responses to Ma…DONNA!

  1. Have enjoyed a few of your articles on your wordpress blog …

    I am based in Madrid though I hail from Vancouver and NYC ( I was raised in Vancouver, however, spent my summers in Manhattan visiting my Italian grandmom who owned a Trattoria and studied at NYU, thus, lived there until 1985. Check out my older daughter´s website: and my new blog,


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