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Opening a new eatery is never easy. This seems to be especially true for first-time restaurateur, Antonio Miscellaneo, 48, who launched Italian joint La Bottega in Joo Chiat last Friday.

“We had the idea [to open a restaurant] way before Covid, we even had a deposit on a place in the CBD. When Covid hit, we didn’t go ahead with it,” shares the Italian-born Singapore PR who started the wildly popular private diner Casa Nostra in 2019. Among the privileged group who were lucky to have snagged seats at his cosy apartment-cum-diner, Antonio is known to serve the best pizzas in Singapore, along with some incredible handmade pastas and meats. That’s why even top chefs like Julien Royer of three-Michelin-starred French fine-diner Odette are guests. But now, members of the public too can get a taste of his cooking, albeit a more modest repertoire. A heads-up – reservations must be booked through its website, and slots are only released sporadically as the team gets familiar with the process.

Along with his Singaporean wife and two young children, the former Credit Suisse software developer headed back to his hometown of Belluno near Venice last February to work on a short-term IT project. His stay was ultimately extended – partially due to a lockdown last March and the family’s decision to travel after the easing of safety measures. The family returned to Singapore last September.

“When we came back, we [re]opened Casa Nostra for a while, just to see how things would settle and started to look for a place [for the restaurant],” shares Antonio. Bookings for the private diner resumed from last November to February, and were put on hold again when renovation for La Bottega began in March.

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