Borgo, Bukit Timah Road
This place (789 Bukit Timah Road, 6466-7762) was mentioned a number of times recently; not only in a posted comment, but also in a couple of print publications that I saw the other day. With all of this going on (coupled with my affinity for La Braceria), we stopped by today for lunch to see what all the buzz was about.
Since this guy apparently used to make pizzas at La Braceria, we made sure to order one, my selection being the pancetta e parmigiano rossa variety. As expected, the crust was thin and crunchy as it came out tongue-scorchingly hot from the oven. Taste-wise, I was initially hoping for a little more of an edge in the ingredients, such as perhaps an overwhelmingly rich cheese or something, which I never got. But there definitely wasn't anything wrong with these ingredients, as it was all very fresh and still very tasty (and I suppose the basil did distinguish it a bit). I'll have to try some of the other varieties next time.
We also grabbed the ravioli while we were at it. Today's cream sauce smelled a bit too garlicky to me at first, but I ended up really liking how rich it was (in fact, this was a good example of the surprising edge that I was hoping to get in the pizza). Another highlight of the meal was the dry chili pepper flakes that they provided with the pizza. It looked like the Thai variety that one sprinkles onto things like pad thai, but this stuff really packed some tongue-numbing heat (the waiter did warn us beforehand). We asked about it afterwards and were told that this was a homemade thing. Anyway, thumbs up for me. We'll be coming back...they had a big charcoal grill for things like sausages and steaks that I definitely want to come back for.