At Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa Singapore's revamped Trapizza, Rachel AJ Lee discovers a delightful Italy-meets-California restaurant where scrumptious food, prompt service and relaxing vibes run aplenty.
After a six-month-long transformation, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa Singapore has finally reopened its Italian restaurant Trapizza. The beachfront eatery stands on Siloso Beach, a five-minute walk from the main hotel building.
Inspired by architecture in Palm Springs, California, the restaurant is decked out with cacti landscaping, palm trees, kombi vans, and turquoise and pink neon chairs.
The restaurant can take a maximum 214 persons – this includes the main dining area under a canopy, outdoor seating on the sand, and seats at the bar counter. There’s also a fully air-conditioned private dining room which can accommodate up to 16 diners.
For younger diners, Trapizza now features a new water play area, a colouring corner, and a play zone with a kitchenette playset. Parents with young kids will be able to kick back and relax with a bottle of Trapizza’s eponymous beer, while keeping a watchful eye on their brood.
I liked that Trapizza is headed by Turin-born Alessandro Delle Cave, which was assuring, as anything that was put on the table would most certainly be authentic Italian cuisine.
Overall, items on the menu are reasonably-priced and portions are great for sharing, which is good news for families.
We started off with the chicken wings in a slightly spicy pomodoro-based sauce, before the calzone and prawn salad arrived. Chicken wings were fried to perfection and juicy, while the salad was light and refreshing. I wasn’t a fan of the calzone, as I was much more interested in the pizzas instead.
Thin-crust, wood-fired, and generous toppings – exactly how I like my pizzas, and Trapizza does not disappoint. We managed to try the Siciliana, Quattro Formaggio, di Mare, Inferno and Aloha, as the Family Sharing 16-Inch Pizzas enabled us to have three flavours per pizza. There were some other pizzas on the menu I would have liked to have tried, alas, we were rather full by then. But no matter, as it’s a reason to return.
Our group was also given the opportunity to dig into a variety of sweet treats. There was a lemon tart and pistachio-filled cannolis, but the two that really stood out were the jars of silky-smooth strawberry pannacotta, and creamy tiramisu.
There are even Pizzatinis on the menu. As its name suggests, this drink is a – rather questionable – marriage of savoury pizza flavours or toppings with martinis. For instance, the Bloody Mary topped with pepperoni and rosemary. It was interesting for sure!
If cocktails are not up your alley, try the fruity and refreshing lager that has been specially brewed for the restaurant by Rye & Pint Brewery. Trapizza intends to introduce a dark ale in the future as well.
It was a hot day when we visited, and I personally enjoyed the organic Lemon Lime & Bitters I chose. The number of drink options is rather staggering, and one will definitely be spoilt for choice!
There’s also a kombi van that houses the eatery’s new Grab n’ Go concept, and offers ready-to-go items such as popsicles, beverages, and paninis should you prefer to lounge under a coconut tree instead of sitting on a chair.
The restaurant manager was welcoming and service was prompt.
There is nothing I would have liked better than to sink into one of the chairs, grab a cold drink, put my feet up, and just chill. Did I mention the beachfront eatery is the perfect place to catch the sunset?
Location Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970
Opening hours 11.00 to 22.00 daily
Telephone (65) 6275 0100 / (65) 6376 2662