il Cielo’s New Italian Chef Debuts An Etruscan Affair At Hilton Singapore

Rediscover the Flavors of Italy with Modern Incarnations on Classic Italian Specialties

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August 04, 2014

SINGAPORE - Hilton Singapore's award-winning il Cielo restaurant and bar is proud to announce the appointment of a new Italian chef, Riccardo Catarsi, with the introduction of a modern take on traditional flavors from his Tuscany's roots in conjunction with Gusto Italiano, a much anticipated annual Italian gourmet event.

Although a passionate advocate of preserving authentic flavors, Catarsi stretches his creativity by reinventing classic flavors with innovative cooking methods; setting new heights for traditional Italian fare in Singapore. From Friday September 12 to Sunday October 12, epicureans are in for a treat to a gastronomic journey to Tuscany with an exclusive à la carte menu savoring newly recreated classic flavors from this quaint region in Italy.

His debut promotion is culminated with a one-night-only Etruscan Dinner Affair on Wednesday September 24. Etruscans are the first major civilization in Tuscany, spearheading the infrastructure to implement agriculture and mining, inhabiting well into prehistory. Through this inaugural event, Catarsi takes this opportunity to reintroduce and complement the traditional flavors with his contemporary culinary skills.

À La Carte Tuscany Menu | Friday September 12 to Sunday October 12 2014
Pick from a medley of six Tuscan specialties with highlights of the menu including Catarsi's interpretation of the classical Tuscan fish stew Cacciucco, commonly known as the native dish of Tuscany. Chef Catarsi adds in his creativity and modified this traditional plate by deconstructing the dish, separating the luscious concentrated gravy and topped with premium sustainable seafood served in a skewer. Differing from the traditional stew where all ingredients are simmered together in a pot, this allows guests to completely savor the robust flavors of the tomato and fish stock base complemented impeccably with the tender and succulent seafood.

To completely heighten the dining experience, diners can look forward to innovative creations such as the Three-layered squid-ink rice millefoglie with creamy codfish and mussels. Adopted from the concept of a three-layered Millefoglie, Catarsi revamped the preparation of this savory dish with the creamy codfish placed in between each layer of crispy desiccated rice, leaving a mixture of crunchy and creamy texture on the palate.

Conclude the meal with a fresh mouth-watering bittersweet Dolce Ponce, a dessert derived from the infamous punch from the city of Livorno, Tuscany; sink your teeth into three different layers of coffee froth, tantalizing chocolate & rum mousse with sugar cane crumbles dominating the bottom layer for a crispy and sweet aftertaste.

An Etruscan Affair by Chef Riccardo Catarsi with the wines of Isole E Olena | Wednesday September 24 2014
This September, il Cielo is proud to be part of the Gusto Italiano promotion again, organized by Sphere Exhibits, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). This inaugural event sets to showcase the best regional cuisine, culinary talents and produce of Italy, which is created exceptionally for the sophisticated diners who enjoy finer things in life.

Diners can pique their appetite with an extravagant six-course menu featuring quintessential Tuscan dishes exceptionally crafted by Chef Catarsi, with handpicked wines paired by our sommelier, Stephanie Rigourd for this exclusive one-night-only Etruscan Dinner Affair. Highlights of the menu include 47°C cooked salmon served in herb-infused glass; Three-way pigeon opera prepared with three different cooking methods presenting three different flavors and textures in a dish; and the not-to-be-missed IV Tuscan-style dessert symphony to conclude the entire meal with a sweet note.

Tuscany Affair at il Cielo | Friday September 12 to Sunday October 12 2014
À La Carte Tuscany Menu
From $25++

An Etruscan Affair by Chef Riccardo Catarsi with the wines of Isole E Olena | Wednesday September 24 2014
Time: 7p.m.
Price: $150++ per person, six courses paired with wines of Isole E Olena

Reservations are recommended. Call 6730 3395 or email

il Cielo
Level 24, Hilton Singapore

Opening hours:
Noon - 2:30p.m. Monday - Friday
7p.m. - 10:30p.m. Daily

6p.m. - Midnight Daily

About Gusto Italiano 2014
Gusto Italiano, organized by Sphere Exhibits, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press holdings (SPH), returns for its second edition showcasing regional cuisine, culinary talents and produce of Italy from September 1 to October 1 2014. Created for sophisticated diners who enjoy the finer things in life, Gusto Italiano brings to fruition exquisite Italian fine dining experiences to wow the discerning palate. Featuring quintessentially Italian flavors that have been given a modern twist to excite the senses, each menu is impeccably paired with wine for a luxuriously indulgent meal. Even after the month is over, the celebration continues as a selection of restaurants will be offering attractive a la carte promotions to Italian cuisine aficionados through Gusto Italiano's EATaly dining programme.

About il Cielo Restaurant & Bar
Located on the top floor of the 24-storey Hilton Singapore on Orchard Road, the stylish, contemporary il Cielo (which means ‘the sky') restaurant is set to raise new culinary standards in the city with handcrafted homemade foods, natural and organic ingredients as well as seasonal produce from Italy. Flavors of the days past are replicated with a contemporary twist in the preparation methods for diners to enjoy the aromas and flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. Take in the panoramic view of Orchard Road skylines with the interiors and surroundings of the poolside providing an urban resort experience. Il Cielo seats up to 48 persons with 32 seats indoors including a private dining room for 10 guests as
well as 16 seats by the pool side.

About Hilton Singapore
Hilton Singapore is an institution in Singapore's hospitality scene, being among the first international hotels to bring its trademark level of service excellence and culinary innovation to the city-state. Located in the heart of fashionable Orchard Road, the city's most popular shopping and dining district, the 421-room hotel is a superb venue for both the business and leisure clientele. The stylish, contemporary rooms and suites offer modern amenities and equipped with WiFi capabilities. The hotel also offers guests quality dining experience in its award-winning restaurants. The hotel's central location makes it an ideal choice for meetings and conferences. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 550 guests and a further 11 function rooms all fully equipped with advanced multimedia equipment, provide options for events and meetings of any nature.


Cindy Wong
Hilton Singapore
+65 6730 3204

Stephanie Lee
Hilton Singapore
+65 67372233 ext. 6003

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