PaPi is owned by the same team behind Oso Ristorante. We’re pretty big fans of the food at Oso, so when we heard that they’d opened a casual pizzeria/pasta joint, we were quite psyched to try it out. Somehow, though, it took us more than a year to drag our asses here, so it’s not exactly new anymore.
It was surprisingly empty when we went on Friday night, considering its location (along Mohd Sultan Road). Also, it was much more casual than we expected. We figured it would be simpler than Oso, but it was really very laid back – quite similar to Spizza, actually.
The menu is pretty no-frills – some simple starters, a page each of pastas and pizzas, a couple of mains and some desserts. Some of their pastas, namely the tagliatelle, pappardelle and the filled pastas, are hand-made on their 45 year-old pasta machine. We shared a Caprese salad to start with, which was decent but not spectacular.
Since I wanted to try their home-made pasta, I ordered the tagliatelle with squid ink sauce. Unfortunately that’s all it is, no ingredients or anything. First bite was a little bland, but after I added parmesan cheese, it was much better. The best squid ink pasta I’ve had so far is the one at Friends, though.
A had the pizza with porcini mushroom and pancetta (bacon). The ingredients weren’t out of the ordinary, but the crust was great – it was thin and crispy, and unlike some thin-crust pizzas that turn soft and soggy after a while, this one stayed crispy throughout.
PaPi does takeout as well, and they only need about 10 – 15 minutes’ notice to prepare a couple of pizzas, so it’s pretty convenient if you want to pick up some pizza on the way back from work. Here’s their takeout menu, if anyone’s interested.
Simple. Casual. Cool. I like the place.
Service was excellent, atmosphere non-threatening (no worries about making noise), and the pizza crust RAWKED!!!
Definitely a new option for Friday night dinners or takeout pizza.
5 Mohamed Sultan Road
Opening hours: 11.30 am to 2.30 pm; 6 to 10.30 pm