Featuring freshly made garden salads, hot off-the-stove pizzas and a classic selection of pastas, the authentic menu is a creation of Deputy Executive Chef Nicola Canuti, an Italian national. The dining concept is inspired by his hometown in Italy, where it is common for friends and family to gather together for a relaxed outdoor dining, where one may enjoy traditional Italian aperitifs just prior to their meal, and choose from a tasty selection of classic appetizers, pizzas or pasta. This is usually rounded off with a classic gelato.
The fresh insalate, from the spring salad to the mozzarella cheese and beef carpaccio, brings to mind the cool beaches along the Italian coasts in Spring. Traditional wood fired oven pizze are a reflection of the gleeful Carnivals in Summer, best enjoyed with wine and friends. The pasta dishes, passionate and flavourful with the extensive use of garlic and chilli, represent the sensual side of Italy.
To pair the Italian provincial dishes, Wine Director Stéphane Soret has drawn up a premier Italian Wine List. Wines are served in miniature Terra Cotta Anforas, and these handmade clay-based vessels trace back to the days of twelfth century Venice, when wines were stored in such earthernware to maintain the cool temperature. Acclaimed as the elite mineral water worldwide, Surgiva Mineral Water will also be available. Bottled off the high altitude spring from Adamello Brenta Nature Reserve in the heart of Trentino, Italy, Surgiva is one of the purest and lightest water in the world.
Mr Soret has also specially introduced two traditional prosecco based Signature Aperitivo that promises to transport you straight to Italy. Bellini is a delightful long drink cocktail made from fresh white peaches, and Aperol is delicious and light, served in a red wine glass with a slice of orange.
Raffles Courtyard will be open daily from 12pm to 10pm. For reservations, please contact Dining Reservations at 6412 1816 or email dining @raffles.com
ABOUT RAFFLES HOTELS & RESORTS
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, luxury international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The portfolio currently comprises nine luxurious properties, from secluded resorts to city hotels in key locations around the world: in Singapore, Cambodia, the Philippines, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles and Paris, each one is an oasis of calm and charm. The company is embarking on a new phase of expansion, with openings in Indonesia, Istanbul and China scheduled over the next two years. With a compelling mix of cultures and styles, every hotel in the Raffles family has its own individual personality, with its own story to tell and its own sense of place. However, each one is proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests.