VERA PASSIONE ITALIANA
The brainchild of our well-travelled chef Stefano Criber, Passione captures the quintessential spirit of Italian cooking, where every dish is a labour of love, a work of art and a true expression of passion.
Step in and discover the culmination of 3000 years of proud food tradition, painstakingly crafted by our chef who hails from Abruzzo, the oldest city in Italy. Indulge also in a wide selection of pork-based dishes, promising a unique Italian dining experience not commonly available on local shores.
As our name implies, Passione is all about cooking with heart and soul.
This is the true Italian way, inspired by the bustling kitchens and marketplaces Chef Stefano grew up around.
With this same passion, he has spent over a decade perfecting his two favourite signatures offered at Passione:
WOOD FIRED PIZZA
Harkening back to the Italian tradition of making pizzas by hand and baking in brick ovens, our wood fired pizzas are fired up at 400˚C. This high heat ensures better heat distribution and caramelisation of ingredients, infusing a natural smoky aroma.
Always fresh, always handmade, never pre-packed. This is the creed Chef Stefano lives by when making his famous pasta from scratch daily. One must-try variant available only at Passione is the Pasta ala Chitarra, a specialty of Chef Stefano’s hometown Abruzzo. Made with a guitar-like instrument, it offers a broader and more porous texture that absorbs sauces thoroughly for a richer flavour.
Every Sunday 11am to 2:30pm, Passione offers a buffet feast of authentic Italian flavours. Savour a sumptuous spread of wood fired pizza, live cooking handmade chittara pasta, alongside imported cold cut and cheese. Reservations are encouraged!
A veteran chef and true blue Italian,
Chef Stefano Criber has been cooking worldwide for over 20 years.
He enrolled at a young age into Villa Santa Maria,
an Italian culinary school world famous for producing chefs who cook for royalty and dignitaries. After five years of learning under the tutelage of masters, Chef Stefano began working professionally in his native country before serving in numerous countries including Luxembourg, England, South Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Chef Stefano has also won two awards in the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) 2016 for Innovative Food and Wine Pairing.
The ground floor area of Passione offers an inviting space for casual meet-ups and celebrations with a touch of elegance. Patrons will be enthralled by a wide selection of premium cold cuts, beverages as well as specially curated Italian wines and beers.