The 6th International Week of Italian Cuisine in Singapore takes place 22 to 28 November this year with the theme ‘Italian Traditions meet Singaporean Flavours’.

Singaporeans love Italian food. From rustic homestyle diners and old-school pizzerias to fine-dining restaurants and hipster bistros, concepts that draw upon the cuisines of Italy tend to attract snaking queues. And that includes cooking Italian at home.

Statistics bear that out. According to the Italian Trade Agency, Italian products have been growing year-on-year – demand in Singapore for olive oil, tomato sauce, pasta, cheeses, wine and baked goods have all increased tremendously, even over the global pandemic.

The Italian embassy here in Singapore recognises Singapore’s love for Italian food; for the past few years it ran its ‘International Week of Italian Cuisine in Singapore’, a week of gastronomy with a slew of activities that promotes Italian culinary excellence. This year the 6th International Week of Italian Cuisine in Singapore will take place from 22 November to 28 November 2021, with a list of initiatives that focus on growing the interactions between Italian traditions and Singaporean flavours.

Chef Daniele Sperindio Art Restaurant
Art Restaurant, headed by Group Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio (pictured centre), was awarded the Diploma di Buona Cucina by the Accademia Italiana della Cucina-Delegation in the lead up to 6th International Week of Italian Cuisine in Singapore.

Some of the festival activities taking place during the week include an Italian Street Food Week, a Gelato Festival, as well as the Campari Cocktail Experience. During this period, various Italian food and wine purveyors will be offering special discounts and promotions; they include:

Regent Singapore Basilico festive spread 2021
Looking for a taste of Italy? Brunches and dinners at Basilico in Regent Singapore will take on delicious seasonal twists with a gastronomical tour around Italy this festive period with a Festive 3-course menu or a Festive Basilissimo dinner. More information here.

“Italian cuisine is very popular in Singapore because it is enjoyed by the whole family as a delicious and healthy nutritious Mediterranean meal,” pointed out Kwan Lui, Founder and Director of At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy. The culinary academy, as anchor partner of the week-long event, was showcasing various introductory events to the week, and will continue to host various private chef programmes featuring Italian cuisine after the festival.

“Singaporeans are more and more curious about Italian food, and they have a very broad view of culinary culture, which goes from top restaurants to lively hawker centres, declared H.E. Mario Andrea Vattani, the Italian Ambassador in Singapore.

“As Italians, we experience cuisine as an open language. This allows us to move freely within the richness of our own regional and territorial identities. I believe that this particular approach to our own varied heritage resonates with Singapore, a truly international hub of comparison and coexistence between flavours and cultures,” added H.E. Vattani.

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