When I was growing up, there weren’t a lot of pizza shops to consider from. It was either Pizza Hut, Canadian or my personal favourite, Domino’s. But they were more like fast food when mum needed a break from the kitchen. It ain’t like now where we have so many specialty shops that just craft gourmet pizzas.
I have been to one lately and I have to admit this pizza bar is on my favourite list of pizza places to go. Situated just outside the entrance of Suntec City Tower 4, Alt. Pizza isn’t quite an easy find especially with all the new installments happening to the mall. There were cues along the pillars at the food dominated basement but that’s all.There wasn’t a lot of signboards outside the restaurant but you won’t miss the clean glasshouse just beside the taxi stand. Its rather inviting with a clean outlook without having a cluster of confusing wordy adverts that obstructs passerby curious about them.
Step inside and it’s a sea of red tables and chairs like a causal American diner bar. I couldn’t take my eyes off the artwork featuring many iconic landmarks and I think my eye didn’t play trick on me when I see Bruce Lee in it too. Overall, the place is rather comfortable and laid back. Perfect setting on a Friday night over craft beers, pizzas and friends.You might think this is another upmarket place in town. The use of premium ingredients like prosciutto and truffle oil might reaffirm your views about Alt Pizza. But before you cast any judgment and omit this place out, let me tell you something. There’s probably nowhere (that I know off) in Singapore that serves up handcraft premium pizzas under $16.00.
At 11 inch per pizza, I think this is good enough to share between two although their concept is to have individualised portion. I find their specially crafted dough on the lighter side with thin crusty bases. I didn’t felt heavy after wolfing two pizzas on my own either.
It would have been suicidal to try all 12 variations. I would have opt for the Old School ($12.00) – Organic tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, basil, Sicilian oregano, roasted garlic chili oil. But the Truffle Shuffle ($14.00, see first picture) – A white sauce based pizza with fennel sausages and roasted mushrooms could easily be a crowd pleaser with it aromatic fumes of white truffle oil.Their unique selling point has surely got to be allowing diners to draft up their own pizzas. The D.I.Y (Design It Yourself) Pizzas starts at $8.00 with one sauce and additional toppings ranges between $2.00 to $5.00.
I like my pizzas simple so the classic Italian margarita with organic tomato sauce, Parmesan, prosciutto and basil suffice me. I must profess that they were very generous with their toppings. There were enough shaved hams to keep me satisfied.I didn’t quite like the idea of having broccoli toppings but hey! No one can fault you for customising your own food so till your hearts content. By the way, my margarita only cost me $17.00. Slightly more expensive than their already designed signature menu but still cheaper than many other eateries.Sides dishes here are great especially if you’re coming here in groups. I wouldn’t recommend salads on any meals but for the health conscious souls, the Baby Spinach Salad ($10.00) was more of those rarely seen salads with pumpkins seeds, roasted squash and maple sherry vinaigrette.
I on the other hand would go for the Wagyu Short Rib Meatballs ($12.00) with ricotta, provolone and mozzarella all melted over tender juicy meatballs. If beef doesn’t fancy you, consider sharing the Artichoke & Spinach Dip ($10.00) among the table. The salted flat breads are quite addictive especially if you scoop generous amount of dip.
I always thought beers and pizzas go hand in hand. And over at Alt Pizza, they have special craft beers to pair their food with. I was quite skeptical having alcohol on an afternoon lunch but the draught beer Great White ($10/450ml) was crisp with a pleasant citrus aftertaste. I love how crystal clear the draught was and it went pretty well with the pizzas we had.
I would opt for more beers anytime of the day but for those of us who can’t take alcohol, there’s Kapiti Organic Ice Cream from New Zealand for desserts. There’s five flavours to choose from: Passion Fruit & Lemon Curd (My personal favourite), Fresh Mint, Chocolate Hazelnut, Hokey Pokey (Vanilla and honey comb) and Double Cookies & Cream.
I could see myself returning here frequently with a bunch of friends for pizza treat. Besides, I doubt I will find another place anytime soon that serves up quality and affordable pizzas in downtown.
I heard that they are quite popular during the office lunch hour as well as during dinner timing too. So I would suggest making your way down like a Saturday noon or simply make reservations.
Do note that reservations are only available for 8 pax on dinners only.Alt Pizza
Suntec City Tower 4 , #01-602
Tel: +65 6836 9207
11am to 10pm daily
Note: This is an invited media tasting.