IO at HV2…

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The inspiring and inimitable Travelling Gourmet TM travels to a remote part of the island near the Ministry of Defence to say ciao to…

MAESTRA della cucina Anna of Italian Osteria aka IO. The place: HV2. HV is Hillview. This new mall is about one year old and is more of a gourmet center than a retail mall. There is a pet shop but more little independent restaurants and coffee joints than retail outlets. As Italian ristoranti go, there are lots in Singapore. All claim to be authentic but few make the grade…I am pleased to say that IO does make the grade. Well, when you have an Italian ,,Powerfrau” as Chef and Owner who takes pains to take orders and cook and even serve…you can expect no less.

Osteria in the true meaning of the word is a place where the place serves simple and inexpensive food and wines from the owner’s winery. Osteria as a name or noun dates from the 17th Century A.D. It can also mean a place where the locals come to eat and fill up their bottles with wine from barrels inside the osteria. Wines may be from the owner or owners’ wineries around the locale.

I have had many happy meals in many osterias on my many sojourns to sunny Italy and working there as a Wine Judge and Journalist/Editor. I have visited Italy more times than I remember. Seriously, not trying to be ‘yahya papaya’ but that is the truth. I even have friends who are prominent members and Capos aka Padrinos of La Cosa Nostra. However, as La Cosa Nostra exists only in the imagination of Hollywood scripwriters…that is another story…Anyway, in the evolution of time, the humble Osteria has come to mean another version of a trattoria with perhaps more ‘atas’ or premium choices on the menu. Simple has become moer sophisticated in the 21st Century… but that is a good thing


The door on the left leads into the bakery with lovely breads and pizzas all made fresh .daily. To the right, you will see a big dining area that seats some 150 covers. Plain dark grey concrete floors and rustic white on brown wooden tables give a warm feel tot he place. Only one thing missing…no Italian background music by Mario Lanza or Laura Pausini…”Non importa..” as they say in Italy, which means “never mind”.


To be continued…

More to follow…

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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