La Dona e mobile…

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim the Travelling GourmetTM

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The audacious and inspiring Travelling Gourmet goes to meet…

MASTERFUL Caruso on Bukit Timah Road…

Caramba! Caruso is not the famous tenor Enrico Caruso but rather a new authentic Italian Ristorante and Pizzeria specialising in Pugliese spezialitati from the “Heel” of Italy. Mio amico Leonardo Palmisano  from Alberobello in Puglia welcomed me warmly, “Benevenuto Il Turista Buongustaio!” Il Turista Buongustaio means The Travelling Gourmet in Italian. The two Chefs furiously cooking in the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant, Mario and Mimmo are also from Puglia. If you feel energetic, simply climb 17 steps to the upstairs dining area. Nostalgic framed photos dot the walls. I like the black and white pictures of Sophia Loren smoking, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck on a Vespa scooter in the hit movie “Roman Holiday” and many more…







I began with Burrata con Tartufo Nero or Soft Cheese with Black Truffles. The aromatic and heady aroma of Truffles sent me into an ecstatic dream of more gourmet delights to come. Try too the Burrata with Salmon accompanied by lettuce and cherry tomatoes.



Leonardo the owner…working hard in the open kitchen

Lovely Lamb as a main course cooked in the Italian style, Orecchiette Pasta with Seafood or with Meat are really satisfying Piatto secondi! I always like Orecchiette, the typical ear shaped pasta of Puglia. It must be served ‘al dente’ or firm to the bite in the middle. Once, 1 Michelin Star Chef Antonella Ricci taught me how to make Orecchiette using the thumb to make the depression. Orecchiette actually means “little ear” in the Italian language.

Dessert selections include that ever popular Titamisu made with Marsala wine. Tiramisu means literally “pick me up”. Panna Cotta which is actually cooked cream is much loved by the natives in Italy. After the Dolci, an Espresso is de rigeur followed by some Grappa and Limoncello as a ‘digestivo’!

I love Italian food and wine and Grappa, for eg. Nardini Grappa. I’ve been to Italy on gourmet safaris so many times, my friends say I’m more Italian than Singaporean! I was just in Italy in April this year for Vinitaly 2014 in Verona. Many restauranteurs in Asia and Italia even call me “Il Padrino Gastronomico” which means in English…The Godfather of Gastronomy.

As I left after a superlicious meal, I promised myself to return soon…the song “La Donna e mobile” from Rigoletto echoed in my mind. It means “The woman is fickle” and it was one of famed tenor Enrico Caruso’s favourite Arias…

Buon appetito! Ciao! 🙂

Listen to the song at this link:


#01-01, No. 791 Bukit Timah Road

Singapore 269764

Tel: 64697508

Hours: 12noon – 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily

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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