Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gusttimo di Roma: Gelateria and Trattoria Bar

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Prosciutto e Melone (S$10.80): Aged Parma ham with sweet rock melon
Proscuitto e Melone (S$10.80): Aged Parma ham with sweet rock melon

It's LOVE...



Mozzarella di Bufala Caprese (S$8.80): Ripe cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and buffalo mozzarella cheese
Mozzarella di Bufala Caprese (S$8.80): Ripe cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and buffalo mozzarella cheese

A story more romantic than Korean love dramas happened in real life...



Crunchy Francese Frittura (S$10.80): Shoestring fries covered with extra crisp exotic spices
Crunchy Francese Frittura (S$10.80): Shoestring fries covered with extra crisp exotic spices

Three Korean sisters went to Rome to study...



Tapas - Bruschette di pomodoro (S$8.80): Three kinds of tomato bruschetta
Bruschette di pomodoro (S$8.80): Three kinds of tomato bruschetta

The youngest sister, Ms Park Soo Jin, met another Korean, Mr Lee Dong Jin, at her Italian cookery classes...



Tapas - Esotico Funghi Saltati (S$9.80): Morel, oyster, shiitake and button mushrooms
Esotico Funghi Saltati (S$9.80): Morel, oyster, shiitake and button mushrooms

They fell in love...



Insalata di mare con salsa al limone (S$13.80): Baby octopus, prawn, mussel, calamari, sun-dried tomato and shallots in lemon dressing
Insalata di mare con salsa al limone (S$13.80): Baby octopus, prawn, mussel, calamari, sun-dried tomato and shallots in lemon dressing

...and discovered they both adored eating gelato more than anything else.



Macaroni Formaggio (S$11.80): Baked macaroni with mozzarella, nutty flavour edam and asiago cheese
Macaroni Formaggio (S$11.80): Baked macaroni with mozzarella, nutty flavour edam and asiago cheese

With love in their bosom and passion in their hearts, they followed their dream...



Pasta Pomodoro (S$12.80): Fusili in tomato sauce with zucchini, eggplant, fresh ricotta and basil
Pasta Pomodoro (S$12.80): Fusili in tomato sauce with zucchini, eggplant, fresh ricotta and basil

The couple signed up for another course, this time in gelato-making.



Pasta Crema di Zafferano (S$13.80): Linguine in saffron cream sauce with bell peppers

Pasta Crema di Zafferano (S$13.80): Linguine in saffron cream sauce with bell peppers

They worked hard, attending classes by day, and working in a gelateria by night...



Pasta Aglio Olio (S$12.80): vermicelli pasta with white bait, garlic and fresh arugula

Pasta Aglio Olio (S$12.80): vermicelli pasta with white bait, garlic and fresh arugula

And after two years of perfecting their skills, they returned to Korea to open their own gelateria in 2003...



Pasta Arrabiata di Mare (S$14.80): spaghetti in spicy seafood tomato sauce

Pasta Arrabiata di Mare (S$14.80): spaghetti in spicy seafood tomato sauce
They chose the name Gusttimo - blending the words "Gusto" (eating with gusto) and "Ottimo" (savouring the ultimate flavour).



Scamorza e Prosciutto Miele Panini (S$10.80): Scarmoza cheese and honey ham on grilled ciabatta
Scamorza e Prosciutto Miele Panini (S$10.80): Scarmoza cheese and honey ham on grilled ciabatta

Gusttimo launched the gelato craze in Korea!



Salmone Focaccia (S$10.80): smoked salmon, basil pesto, lemon dressing & shallots on focaccia bread
Salmone Focaccia (S$10.80): smoked salmon, basil pesto, lemon dressing & shallots on focaccia bread

There are now 23 Gusttimo gelateria outlets in Korea...



Pollo Ciabatta (S$9.80): Grilled chicken breast, whole grain mustard, sun-dried tomato & zucchini on ciabatta
Pollo Ciabatta (S$9.80): Grilled chicken breast, whole grain mustard, sun-dried tomato & zucchini on ciabatta

And now they are going international, starting with Singapore. The flagship branch is at ION Orchard, and incorporates an alfresco trattoria bar serving casual Italian fare at affordable prices. The light meals are designed to complement the gelato. This is an unusual move as Gusttimo in Korea only serves gelato, not food.



Peachy Beauty (S$12): peach, passionfruit, soda, Sprite, and mango sorbet
Peachy Beauty (S$12): peach, passionfruit, soda, Sprite, and mango sorbet

The drinks menu is even more extensive. Aperitifs, shooters, wines, beers, smoothies (using gelato), fizzy soda, coolers, hot drinks, etc. Try the cocktails and mocktails that include scoops of gelato, like the Peachy Beauty above.

Gusttimo pays homage to the Singapore Sling with an icy concoction of Frutti di Bosco (wild berries sorbet), Gordon's dry gin, cherry brandy, Triple Sec with pineapple and lime juice. The Melontini is a mango sorbetto with Midori, Triple Sec and lime, served in a martini glass.



Chef Pyung Sang Soo trained at Cordon Bleu and worked at San Marco and Mimolette previously

There is even a story behind the young but accomplished chef. Chef Pyung Sang Soo, the only son of a rich businessman, shocked his father when he said he wanted to give it all up to be a chef. But Sang Soo was determined to pursue his dream. He trained at Cordon Bleu, and started his career in premier restaurants and hotel kitchens (Park Hyatt in Paris and Seoul). In Singapore, he worked at San Marco and Mimolette.

Dr Lee Se Heon, the Gusttimo franchise owner in Singapore, soon hired Sang Soo to head the kitchen at Gusttimo. After some time, Dr Lee found out with surprise that Sang Soo's father was his long lost good friend! Such serendipity!

Sang Soo and his father have made peace and today, his father is proud of his son's achievements as an internationally trained chef.


Gusttimo offers 32 flavours (out of 230) at any one time
Gusttimo offers 32 flavours (out of 230) at any one time, depending on seasonal ingredients. Organic natural ingredients for making gelato are sourced exclusively from an Italian company. Other ingredients like 'Morinaga' milk caramel from Hokkaido, Belgium yoghurt and Italian biscotti are also highlights.

Mr Lee Dong Jin himself comes to Singapore to inspect and train the gelato artisans.

Gusttimo has made their gelato healthier, in terms of fat content. Their fruit family and yoghurt family gelato is fat free, and even the cream-based gelato is 96 per cent fat-free. In comparison, ice cream has up to 30 per cent fat. So you can indulge in gelato without guilt. It's LOVE, all right. Low-fat love!


My 3-scoop gelato cup (S$5.90): Risonero (black rice); tiramisu; Frutti di Bosco (mixed berries)
My 3-scoop gelato cup (S$5.90): Risonero (black rice, which tastes like pulut hitam); tiramisu; Frutti di Bosco (mixed berries - blackberries, raspberries and blueberries). The Formaggio (cream cheese) flavour is also excellent (I had a small taste).

I like that the gelato isn't too sweet and that you can really taste the ingredients (especially the intense berries sorbet). And being a texture fiend, I love the crunchy mini cone that crowns the scoop. That is their signature.

However, the gelato does melt rather quickly in our climate, so if you savour it too slowly, you'll soon end up with a liquid mixture (hint: choose complementary flavours!).

Many thanks to Christina and Jeannette of GolinHarris for the invitation, and to William and the team at Gusttimo for the food tasting session.


GUSTTIMO DI ROMA GELATERIA & TRATTORIA BAR

Level 1 ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn #01-15/17,
Singapore
Tel: 6509-9380
Open daily
Sun-Thu: 10am to 10pm
Fri-Sat (and eve of public holidays): 10am to midnight

16 comments:

  1. What a lovely story! and not forgetting awesome food & creation!

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  2. great shots as usual cat! Wished i could make it after looking at yr photos. haha

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  3. BBO: yes, I thought the story was the highlight!

    LIC: thanks! We can always go back there! :)

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  4. I wanna be there to taste those pasta and gelato !

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  5. Wow, my partner and I were just at ION last weekend and craving for gelato! And we ended up buying the 3-scoop gelato from Shaw level 1 (the outdoor gelato shop) for $7.90! *smacks head* But they do claim theirs is 99% fat-free. Oh well...

    By the way, does anyone really believe that it is almost totally fat-free? Does fat-free mean sugar-free?

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  6. hahaha maybe not. Let's go Taste paradise instead :))

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  7. It's not lunch yet but these food pictures are making me drool!

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  8. Adel: haha, you're nearer to the real thing in Rome!

    Sparklette: Wow, I didn't know the gelato at Shaw is so expensive. I don't know how they manage to make it so low in fat - Gusttimo uses milk instead of cream to make their stuff. But fat-free does not mean sugar-free. In fact, many low-fat items have more sugar added to enhance the taste.

    LIC: haha, set the time and date!

    Emy: thank you! :)

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  9. I went to try out with my aunts after reading this blog. The gelato & food is satifactory but the service is disappointing.

    Not only i have to ask for 3 times before they finally serve us ice water, the portion of the gelato served in the dessert sets are not even like the menu.

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  10. Love your "movie script"! Gorgeous pics, as always.

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  11. Anon: thanks, I hope the restaurant will take note of your feedback.

    Lil Teochew: haha thanks! I think I sound like some movie trailer!

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  12. I like the ice cream very much, unique and delicious. I'm interested to franchise it in Indonesia. Whom should I contact ?

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  13. Hi Anonymous, you can contact William Whey, the SL Interactive VP at 9876 1022. SL Interactive is the company behind Gusttimo. Good luck!

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  14. all your food photograph gives me inspirations to my job, as i'm a chef.

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  15. This is really tempting! the ice cream made my mouth water! The results really shows when you study in a really respected and effective culinary arts school like Cordon Bleu! i wanna enter that school so badly!

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  16. Carlo villanuevaMay 22, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    wow great blog! i feel hungry now! and amazing that the chef is from le courdon bleu. do you know the other chef's that work there at gustimo ion? or is it just him?

    i just moved in here in singapore, and id like to try that when i visit orchard,

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