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Having arrived at Guccio after a long day of meetings - and putting out fires - it was just the type of environment to relax, sit back and be pampered by our wonderful waiter.

Chef Marco took us through the menu, explained with articulation the questions we offered regarding the degustation, and proceeded to care for us as one would a family member - with warmth and gratitude for our patronage.

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The interior design in Guccio is distinctive, a juxtaposition of both history-centric and luxurious details with premium Mosaic, Italian Leather, and Granito marble, all specifically shipped from Italy, synonymous to the chef-owner’s centre of origins. Typical Post-WWII houses were marked by naked brick roofs stripped by harsh bombings, with fire and dust-washed exteriors exactly the colour of the textured walls in Guccio.

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Ippogrosso Pan-fried halibut from Norway

Guccio Ristorante encapsulates the fruit of familial love. Every corner of the room you set sight on serves as sign posts of indelible memories in Marco's childhood. Exactly like the Guccio’s family residence, take three steps in, and be welcomed into the Guccio household, its heritage and flavours. The writing is on the wall. His beloved Nonna holds court within beautifully mounted pictures that unfold a memory, a taste, an execution of food made with love. 

Guests at Guccio are surrounded by images that transport you to a time and place that seems familiar. A warmth overcame us as we started our gastronomic journey taking us directly to the heart of Sicilian life.

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As a starter we delighted in the Gamberi (S$32) - Raw Sicilian red prawns from Mazara, blood orange, beetroot purée, pink radish. (pictured above).The taste was quite extraordinary. We especially enjoyed the delicious result of the marination process, a fine representation of the calibre of Italian fine dining that we were destined to experience throughout the night.

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The Hokkaido scallops ‘tartare’, Oscetra caviar, pomegranate broth and a sprinkle of gold flakes (S$38) pictured above that followed was just as delicious as the Raw Sicilian red prawns, possibly even more spectacular in presentation and taste.

Then, on to the delicious homemade pasta - but a little bit of history to whet your appetite as you read of this fine dining experience.

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Chef Marco was born in Milano, North Italy, where his family had migrated to Post-World War II. The Guccio family origins have roots in two Southernmost regions in Italy: Sicily and Calabria. Come every summer break, it was family tradition to traverse down to Nonna’s place in Calabria. 

Being picked on as the youngest in a big family, presented the birth of his secret hiding place - under the large kitchen island where Nonna, his grandmother was lovingly preparing meals for the family.

What unfolded as he climbed back out to a countertop full of ingredients, marked the beginning of Marco’s foray with food, forever changing his destiny. Whilst children his age were shaping playdough, Marco’s tactile playtime involved rolling out fresh gnocchi and pasta, in Nonna's warm company.

On this occasion we opted for Ravioli (S$34) stuffed with braised veal, winter chestnut purée, toasted pistachios from ‘Bronte’. More substantial than our opening antipasti but refined enough to allow our palate to be tempted for more.

On our next visit we will delight in the likes of Tagliatelle (S$36) with Rougie duck ragout, ‘porcini’ mushrooms in a Port wine sauce or possibly the Risotto (S$30) Super fino Carnaroli Aquerello’ from Vercelli, sautéed porcini mushrooms, fresh thyme. All the dishes on the menu are delightfully explained and easily understood.

To Chef Marco, food is to be cooked and shared with loved ones. From the three steps in, to the open kitchen where you get to see what is being prepared, Chef Marco wants to wholeheartedly recreate the familial experience he had joyously grown up in, to be shared and lovingly produced in the modern context.

Simply, excellently, with a personal touch threaded consistently across the cuisine, the environment, and the engaging service style, spelling “Italian Hospitality”, was presented with acute thoughtfulness and warm personal touches.

Moving on to the penultimate course of our degustation experience we selected Ippogrosso Pan-fried halibut from Norway, yellow carrot purée, sautéed Brussels sprouts and artichokes. This halibut was sensational, a deliciously light fish offering a texture that was perfectly balanced with the carrot purée and sautéed Brussels sprouts. Bravo chef Marco, we simply loved this dish you have so knowingly perfected.

Although, we did not stop here. We had ordered the wild French duck breast - now this was something to behold - the Anatra (S$38) sous-vide wild French duck breast, glazed seasonal chestnuts, pumpkin purée, vanilla essence. This was the moment when we knew we had reached the inner child experiences of chef Marco. A simple dish, yet thoughtfully executed from farm to table.

Just weeks away from celebrating their first anniversary, Guccio is a stand-out with a healthy lunch crowd and one of the most delightful fine dining evening restaurants, not only in Gemmill Lane but most probably anywhere in Singapore. Guccio brings a sense of excitement to Italian fine dining, serving delectable Italian cuisine with exceptional wine pairing in an “oh-so-soothing” ambience. Hats off to Chef Marco for training his dutiful floor staff in a manner that is caring and considerate to guests throughout the night. 

Each dish is a delight, and we could truly taste the remarkably high-quality ingredients that had gone into making every dish a masterpiece. We give full marks for style, presentation and taste. So, go with your heart and order as you please. You will not be disappointed here. We would highly recommend “Guccio” for both social and official gatherings. The perfect venue for an intimate gathering.

And you will most definitely be back with a new set of guests each time. Look out for a full article here on Choice in the coming days highlighting some of the wonderful dishes you can expect to experience. Contact and Location

Comments

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8
Hot Find
ELITE
76 comments
16 September 2019
EVERYBODY Let's Brunch Join us for an exquisite Italian brunch! Enjoy Brunch at Guccio Ristorante with additional free flow options of Champagne $58++ and Prosecco $38++, as well as some of the best Italian wines. 21 September 2019 Saturday  11.30am - 3.00pm Guccio Ristorante Brunch Menu $88++ includes the following: Manzo wagyu beef ‘carpaccio’, Dijon mustard dressing, grated Parmesan cheese Mozzarella Imported buffalo ‘mozzarella‘ from Italy, tomatoes, aged balsamic Gamberi New Zealand wild prawns ceviche style Ostriche seasonal fresh oysters (2 per person) Rombo – pomodori – arancia Hand-made ‘ravioli’ stuffed with Mediterranean turbot, fresh tomatoes, orange zest Branzino – caponata – asparagi Roasted Italian sea bass fillet, my grandma ‘caponata’, green asparagus or Manzo – patate – carciofi Pan-fried U.S. Prime beef striploin, rosemary artichokes and potatoes Panna cotta Vanilla ‘panna cotta’, raspberry coulis, fresh berries or Tiramisu' Chef Marco’s mom signature tiramisu’ $88++ $38++ Free flow of Prosecco, house wine, beer, soft drink, tea and coffee $58++ Free flow of Champagne, Prosecco, house wine, soft drink, tea and coffee from 11.30am to 3.00pm
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Richard
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18 March 2019
Guccio Ristorante encapsulates the fruit of familial love. Every corner of the room you set sight on serves as sign posts of indelible memories in Marco's childhood. Exactly like the Guccio’s family residence, take three steps in, and be welcomed into the Guccio household, its heritage and flavours. The writing is on the wall. His beloved Nonna holds court within beautifully mounted pictures that unfold a memory, a taste, an execution of food made with love.
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Ronnie
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15 March 2019
I went to Guccio for a business lunch and what a 5 Star experience. Firstly the decor is very classy and elegant. Perfect for first dates, family/friends gathering or even business lunches. The food is authentic and yet so homely; which is something Chef Marco stress on. I enjoyed the tagliatelle with duck breast very much. My friend had the lamb shoulder which was so tender! The panna cotta had the right balance of citrus/sourness with the vanilla and you can see the vanilla “beans/seeds” so you know they use real vanilla! Staff are also very friendly and happy, which made dining amazing! Overall, portion is great value for money and I would highly recommend this place! Janice Zhen Yin McGowan reviewed Guccio Ristorante – 5 star on Facebook
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