Pocoloco, Italian Gem In the Heartland

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Discovered Pocoloco, an  amicable Italian casual diner deep in the heartland of Ang Mo Kio, one of the largest housing estate in Singapore, next to a shop selling joss-sticks and prayer stuff.

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The decor is basic but intimate, creating a cosy environment just like a real trattoria, made cheery  by PocoLoco’s open kitchen – wafting out an appetite-whetting garlicky  aroma – that churns out authentic and very affordable Italian fare.

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The engaging appetisers  of tomato bruschetta, calamari and carpaccio heralded good things to come.

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The Lobster (freshly air-flown from USA) Capellini in a bisque-like broth is great value at $22!

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This tiny joint punches above its weight, even offering fancy dish like the Raw Oyster (from Canada) with Champagne Vinegar & Cream.

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The pasta are good, al dente and flavoursome.

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The steak was nicely done too.

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On my second visit, we tried the various specials of the day.

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The Grilled Pork Neck was excellent, pink and juicy and unbeatable value at S$18.

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The creamy Burata was good too, especially when paired with the parma ham with a touch of balsamic vinegar.

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As for the Capellini with Scampi, the pasta was nicely al dente, but the Scampi didn’t impress; was just passable.

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The desserts are not too shabby; we liked the Cream Bulee and the Lava Chocolate Cake. The Strawberry Crepes with Vanilla Ice-Cream was let down by a too-thick skin. Pocoloco offers 2 house pours; the Chianti we ordered was very drinkable, and in keeping with the ambience.

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Pocoloco is now our list of regular Italian haunts.

Pocoloco
Blk 408, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 # 01-779, 408
Singapore 560 408
Phone : +65 8436 3363

 


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