Alex, Tammy. Matteo & Nicoletta…la Famiglia!
Born in Marsala, Italy, which is famous for the sweet wines named after the city, Alex has always been passionate about food and wine. His interest naturally led him into the F&B industry, kick-starting a 20-year career that has taken him all over the world. Alex is a professional Sommelier and holds a Master’s degree in hospitality management from Cornell University. He was also a finalist for the Best Restaurant Manager (2009) and Sommelier at the 2009 and 2012 World Gourmet Summit. Today, armed with his extensive F&B experience, passion, drive and enthusiasm, as the owner of Casa Tartufo, Alex oversees the restaurant’s operations, leading a dedicated team of chefs and waiters to display the highest level of professionalism and deliver the best possible food and service to his guests. Alex’s wife and business partner, Tammy, is a banker-turned-restaurateur. She takes care of the finances and marketing whilst assisting in the daily operations. She brings the feminine touch into the restaurant. Matteo, our son, was practically born in the restaurant in 2011. Even though his mother wants him to become a dentist, we all know that his heart is already in the family business. You can find him in the restaurant visiting tables and entertaining customers. Nicoletta is the latest addition to the family. She was born on the 7th of Jan 2014 and started to “work” already 1 month later!
“One cold evening of December ’09, we sat at a small restaurant that served the best truffle sandwiches in Italy. Whilst sipping our wine and nibbling on the divine sandwiches, we commented that there was nothing like this in Singapore. We thought it would be a dream to open a place like it. I think it was that very moment that sparked our passion for truffles and the desire to create Casa Tartufo. Then we went to Piedmont on a two-week trip. There, we met ‘trifolai’ — truffle hunters — and spent a night with them and their dogs, searching for the ‘golden mushroom’. During the trip, we made very good and important contacts with the local suppliers. We also visited many wineries in search of the authentic taste of Piedmont wine, without the high prices of the most known Barolo and Barbaresco. All these years of working in F&B had given me the chance to be acquainted with numerous passionate wine-makers, and it was wonderful to introduce Tammy to them. We had a good time eating and drinking together with them whilst talking about our common passions: food and wine, naturally. A few months later, we decided to take a big leap of faith and put our hearts and souls into the conceptualisation of our shared dream: Casa Tartufo. With Casa Tartufo, we aim to serve authentic Truffle specialties in a cozy family-run restaurant. I hope that you will enjoy tasting a piece of our story.”
Alex and Tammy were inspired by the classic, homely and warm feel of restaurants typical of Milan, Turin and Florence and wanted to recreate the same authenticity in Casa Tartufo Singapore. Taking inspiration from classic Italian chic, chandeliers, soft-style lamps and characteristic wooden chairs add a touch of distinct sophistication. The authentic Italian décor is also extended to the bar, creating for customers a warm, inviting feeling of being an honoured guest in an Italian home.
In 2014 we made the decision to not participate anymore in any guide or awards. Since that day we haven’t look back and we do things our way, trying to please our numerous customers with our food, wines and service; serving what we believe is the best possible and most authentic Italian food outside of Italy. All this with no regrets or compromises. Previous awards include: 2013 World Gourmet Summit finalist as Best Old-World Wine List of the Year 2013 Miele Guide Best 500 Restaurants in Asia 2013 Marchio Ospitalita’ Italiana 2013 Tatler Guide Singapore Best Restaurant 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2012 World Gourmet Summit finalist as San Pellegrino Best New Restaurant of the Year 2012 World Gourmet Summit Alex Calabro finalist as Best Sommelier of the Year 2011-12 Miele Guide Best 500 Restaurants in Asia 2011 Tatler Guide (Singapore and Regional) Best Restaurant
33 Erskine Road (entrance on Ann Siang Road)
Monday - Sunday:
► Lunch • 12:00 - 14:30
► Dinner • 18:00 - 22:00 (except for Friday and Saturday which closes at 23:00)
► Bar • Opens all day