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Gastronomic delights awaits at Gusto Italiano

Singapore, 18 August 2014 – In Singapore, there is no lack of choice when cravings set in for authentic Italian cuisine. Discerning gourmands can choose from a number of excellent restaurants, headed by a who’s who of well-travelled chefs of distinct Italian pedigree, all raring to serve up sophisticated fare bearing the hallmarks of different regions in Italy. 

For a perfect embodiment of quality ingredients meets creative techniques, the second edition of Gusto Italiano presents discerning palates with a journey of tantalising tastes and textures bearing the hallmarks of Italy. From 1 September to 2 November, culinary maestros will showcase their distinctive touches and personal interpretation of Italian gastronomy.

As part of the exciting line up of Gusto Italiano, there will be EATaly dining promotions where a selection of Italian restaurants across Singapore will be providing dining offers on their ala carte menu items to fans of Italian cuisine all year long. 

Organised by Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) and presented by HSBC Cards. Gusto Italiano will satisfy gourmand’s curiosity and palates through this gastronomical festival with exquisite flavours and pairings. 

Ms Elaine Chia, General Manager of Sphere Exhibits, said: "We were greatly encouraged after a phenomenal inaugural event last year and it is a natural progression to want to add greater value to our events. This year, besides featuring our own resident talents, we will also feature international guest chefs who have enjoyed solid culinary reputation; adding to the myriad of offerings guests can have while participating in Gusto Italiano. Other than the international guest chef appearances, we have also engaged the participation of highly regarded wineries to feature some of Italy's finest labels. To name a few, guests are able to expect exquisite wines from Quintarelli, Pio Cesare, Isole e Olena and Bruno Giacosa. Gusto Italiano has also received the support of new restaurants. With the involvement of these notable restaurants, we are able to provide more creative concepts, variation of cuisine styles and dining experiences for our guests. We are pleased to be in partnership with HSBC once again and we strongly believe that HSBC’s well-defined spectrum of local and regional cardholders will definitely enjoy this gastronomical offering.

"HSBC is pleased to be the presenting partner of Gusto Italiano. This is the second year of our partnership in this Italian gourmet festival where we continue to offer our cardholders exclusive and attractive discounts for culinary events and dining at participating restaurants.  Many of our cardholders are discerning consumers who travel widely and appreciate fine international cuisine, so this will be an excellent opportunity for them to enjoy the benefits when spending on their HSBC credit cards," said Mr Harmander Mahal, Head of Customer Value Management, HSBC Singapore.

As the presenting partner of Gusto Italiano, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) is offering its cardholders 20% off all event ticket prices, and 15% off international guest chef menus as well as a la carte food bill at participating restaurants of EATaly dining promotion.  

Reservations and ticket purchases can be made through the official event website or the official hotline 6319-4038. 

Gastronomic Terrific

Diners can look forward to exquisite cuisine prepared by renowned masterchefs of global standing. To kick things off, The Lighthouse presents ‘The Cuisine of Masterchef Gennaro Esposito’ from 9 – 13 September 2014. The Two Michelin-starred culinary maestro Masterchef Gennaro Esposito of Torre Del Saracino will be offering a specially created menu for Italian food lovers. 

The Cuisine of Masterchef Gennaro Esposito
Date : 9 - 13 September 2014Tuesday to Saturday
Time : Lunch and Dinner
Venue : The Lighthouse, 1 Fullerton Square level 8, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore 049178
For Reservations : (65) 6877 8933

The Lighthouse at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore also plays host to a signature event on 11 September – ‘The Cuisine of Masterchef Gennaro Esposito with the wines of Quintarelli’. Nothing less than the best will be plated as the chef will pull out all the stops on the night to truly bestow a wealth of culinary pleasures for gourmands to indulge in with perfect accompaniment of wines from Quintarelli.

The Cuisine of Masterchef Gennaro Esposito with the wines of Quintarelli
Date : 11 September 2014Thursday
Time : 7.00pm
Price : $238.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)

$298.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : The Lighthouse, 1 Fullerton Square level 8, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore 049178
Dress Code : Smart Casual

Taking place from 22 to 26 September, inITALY Bar Ristorante will feature ‘The Cuisine of Masterchef Enrico Bartolini’. Also a two Michelin-star chef, Chef Enrico began his culinary career at only 19 years old in Italy. Rejuvenate your senses with acclaimed Masterchef Enrico Bartolini as he presents a delectable spread of Tuscany's finest cuisine. Known for its simple yet delightful taste, discover how basic Tuscan ingredients such as homemade breads and pasta can come together to produce big flavours.

The Cuisine of Masterchef Enrico Bartolini
Date : 22 – 26 September 2014Monday to Friday
Time : Lunch and Dinner
Venue : inITALY Bar Ristorante, 38 Craig Road, Singapore 089676
For Reservations : (65) 6423 0918

inITALY Bar Ristorante also plays host to a signature event on 23 September – ‘The Cuisine of Masterchef Enrico Bartolini with the wines of Speri’. The evening's menu will be paired with the fine wines of Speri. An outstanding young talent with a steady head for business, Chef Bartolini is widely applauded by the press and recognised highly by gastronomical critics, he obtained his first Michelin star at only 30 years of age consecrating him to International star Chef. His fame is expanding rapidly overseas and in Asia where he made the final of Greatest Chef China (Italy edition) in August 2013.

The Cuisine of Masterchef Enrico Bartolini with the wines of Speri
Date : 23 September 2014Tuesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $174.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$218.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : inITALY Bar Ristorante, 38 Craig Road, Singapore 089676
Dress Code : Smart Casual

The brothers, Karl and Rudolf Obauer, are well known for their tasty cuisine. Their restaurant and hotel in Werfen, Salzburg have been awarded supreme honours by culinary critics. The unmistakable style of the Obauers' cuisine centres on the flavour of the cuisine taking priority. Karl and Rudolf Obauer pride themselves on using premium fresh ingredients which they buy from local farmers in their vicinity. The ponds providing the Obauers with salmon and salmon trout are only a few minutes' walk away, nestled in an idyllic forest. Free-range eggs come from a local mountain farmer as are products from large-scale livestock farming nearby. Good flavour for Karl and Rudolf Obauer does not mean using luxurious ingredients. They often serve truffles and caviar in their restaurant, but the brothers’ secret lies in producing delicacies using everyday ingredients. They unfold new exciting dimensions for familiar dishes with imagination and creativity.

The Cuisine of Masterchefs Karl and Rudolf Obauer
Date30 October to 2 November 2014
Time : Lunch and Dinner

Venue : Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797
For Reservations :(65) 6885 3500

Gourmet Indulgence through the Italian Regions

The right pairing of wines and cuisines brings the out the unique taste in both, resulting in a memorable dining experience.  

A dinner to excite the palate, Chef Kentaro Torii will bring you on a gastronomic adventure through the fascinating Piedmont cuisine and flavours. With roots in Japan and trained in the United States and Italy, Chef Kentaro will present contemporary Italian dishes with his unique Japanese infusion. Finish off this scrumptious dinner with the wines of Pio Cesare while enjoying the magical view of Marina Bay. Family owned and operated, Pio Cesare has been producing wines since 1881 in Northern Italy's Piedmont region. Located in Alba, a major cultural and gastronomical centre of Piedmont, Pio Cesare has established itself as a benchmark producer of one of the world's greatest winemaking regions. 

The Flavours of Piedmont with the wines of Pio Cesare at Forlino
Date : 4 September 2014Thursday
Time : 7.00pm
Price : $174.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$218.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : Forlino, 1 Fullerton Road, One Fullerton #02-06, Singapore 049213
Dress Code : Smart Casual

What better way to spend the evening with Mediterranean cuisine paired with the wines of Ferrari Spumantes, the leading producer in Italy of sparkling wine made by the Metodo Classico. Helmed by Chef Giuliano Berta, expect a delectable dinner with traditional Italian flavours blended with contemporary cooking techniques. Ferrari is the leading producer in Italy of sparkling wine made by the Metodo Classico.

An Exquisite Evening of Mediterranean Flavours with Ferrari Spumantes
Date : 9 September 2014Tuesday
Time : 7.00pm
Price : $126.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$158.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : The Waterfall at Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Dress Code : Smart Casual

For fans of Mediterranean cuisine from the South of Italy, Sicily, be swept away by Executive Chef & Managing Director Chef Lino Sauro's exquisite menu of signature seafood dishes. As one of the top chefs in Singapore, Chef Lino promises the highest quality and standards, making for a memorable night. The dinner will feature the wines of Jermann.

Sicilian Seafood Treasures with the wines of Jermann
Date : 17 September 2014Wednesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $150.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$188.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : Gattopardo, 34/36 Tras St, Singapore 079026
Dress Code : Smart Casual

Presenting the cuisine of Northern Italy with recipes handed down through generations in Italy, Chef Denis showcases his own interpretation of classic dishes. The evening's menu will be complemented with the wines of Zyme - acknowledged as one of Italy's best winemakers.

The Flavours of Veneto with the wines of Zyme
Date : 18 September 2014Thursday
Time : 7pm
Price : $142.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$178.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : Buona Terra, 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224
Dress Code : Smart Casual

Quality Italian cuisine prepared with the finest natural and organic produce including seasonal vegetables and herbs, sustainable seafood sources as well as fresh and natural cuts. Diners can look forward to premium homemade specialties including homemade Burrata mozzarella, Chef’s special handcrafted cured meats as well as a wide range of homemade pasta made of rare organic flours such as Kamut (an ancient kind of grain, believed to have originated from Egypt) and Spelt, as well as Roman pizzas (Lazio style pizzas) made of flour imported from Vesuviana  baked in open fire brick oven.

An Etruscan Affair by Chef Riccardo Catarsi and the wines of Isole e Olena 
Date : 24 September 2014Wednesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $166.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$208.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : il Cielo, Hilton Singapore Hotel, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883
Dress Code : Smart Casual

The Signatures of Italy

Take part in a coffee-themed dinner featuring Chef Roberto Galetti where he will expound on the use of coffee in the main courses. Invigorate your senses and recharge while enjoying the ambience of the stylish Italian eatery Garibaldi - one of Singapore’s most popular and respected Italian landmarks located along the trendy Purvis Street.

An Expression of Illy Coffee by Chef Roberto Galetti with the wines of Caparzo 
Date : 2 September 2014Tuesday
Time : 7.00pm
Price : $166.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$208.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, 36 Purvis Street, #01-02, Singapore 188613
Dress Code : Smart Casual

This dinner will be focused on the autumn flavours of Italy. Located within the Central Business District (CBD) area, OTTO Ristorante offers contemporary Italian cuisine alongside traditional Italian hospitality. Helmed by prolific Chef Michele Pavanello, an eminent Italian specialty chef, expect to indulge in a luscious dinner. For the evening, he is well poised to showcase his culinary expertise, coupled with the season that brings what is noted to bring the richest flavours in Italy. Outstanding expressions from the Gianni Gagliardo winery will be paired with the heavenly creations.

The Flavours of Autumn by Chef Michele Pavanello with the wines of Gianni Gagliardo
Date : 10 September 2014Wednesday
Time : 7.00pm
Price : $166.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$208.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : OTTO Ristorante, 28 Maxwell Road, #01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building, Singapore 069120
Dress Code : Smart Casual

Be enchanted by the homely and rustic feel of La Strada and its classic dishes. Inspired by the Italian way of life during a trip to Italy, Head Chef Joon Kian Pow aims to provide a cosy refuge from the city life. With  years of experience in the Les Amis Group, sit back and enjoy the first-class creations of Chef Joon paired with the wines of Bruno Giacosa.

Classic Italian Creations with the wines of Bruno Giacosa
Date : 16 September 2014Tuesday
Time : 7.00pm
Price : $126.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$158.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : La Strada, #01-11 Shaw Centre, Singapore 
Dress Code : Smart Casual

‘The Best of Italy Gala Dinner’ on 25 September at Grand Hyatt Singapore will host five Italian chefs for the night. Chef Andres Bontempi from Grand Hyatt, Chef Mario Caramela from InITALY Bar Ristorante, Chef Roberto Galetti from Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, Chef Lino Sauro from Gattapardo and Chef Emanuele Faggi from Gaia Ristorante & Bar will each prepare one course, paired with wines from the various regions around Italy. This night is a delectably all-star event not to be missed!

The Best of Italy Gala Dinner
Date : 25 September 2014Thursday
Time : 7pm
Price : $222.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$278.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : Grand Hyatt Singapore
Dress Code : Smart Casual

There couldn’t be a more well-planned coincidence as OSO Ristorante on 10 October presents ‘10 ANNI-versary.’ Chef Diego Chiarini will showcase a fine balance of authenticity with his personal hand selection on ingredients and his creativity at brining to life an enticing selection of multi-regional cuisine. For this special night, the chef will pull out all the stops at making the dining experience a memorable one – where one can savour 10 courses paired with 10 different wines. Plus, the night will also see the use of black and white truffle to enhance dishes further; giving already splendid dishes a delicate and complex taste of its own.

10 ANNI-versary
Date : 10 October 2014Friday
Time : 7pm
Price : $198.40++ (HSBC Cardholders)$248.00++ (Other payment modes)Venue : OSO Ristorante, 46 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089585 
Dress Code : Smart Casual

Casual Indulgences

Pizza fans can look forward to ‘Pizza Pizza!’, an all you can eat pizza buffet held at Pete’s Place at Grand Hyatt, Singapore from 12 to 14 September. A family-friendly atmosphere will feature more than 10 varieties of pizza while kids can whip up their own creations and a selection of Italian desserts await all.

Pizza Pizza!
Date : 12, 13 and 14 September 2014FridaySaturday and Sunday
Time : 6pm8pm
Price : $32++ (Adults), $16++ (Kids) (HSBC Cardholders)$40++ (Adults), $20++ (Kids) (Other payment modes)Venue : Pete’s Place, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
Dress Code : Smart Casual

ToTT Cooking Studio The Masterclass Workshops encompasses 4 demonstrations per day, each session lasting an hour. Leading culinary maestros will take centre stage with a series of intimate cooking demonstrations showcasing their signature Italian-inspired dishes.
The best Italian chefs will be sharing their cooking techniques, tips and more. Look forward to seeing Chef Gabriele Piegaia from Burlamacco, Chef Michele Pavanello from OTTO Ristorante, Chef Yves Schmid from Senso Ristorante & Bar and Chef Diego Chiarini from OSO Ristorante on SaturdayOn Sunday, we have Chef Mario Caramella from inITALY, Chef Emanuele Faggi from Gaia, Chef Riccardo Catarsi from il Cielo and Chef Lino Sauro from Gattopardo.

Flavours of Italy Culinary Workshops at ToTT
Date : 6 and 7 September 2014Saturday and Sunday
Time : 10am12pm2pm4pm
Price : $20++ (HSBC Cardholders)$25++ (Other payment modes)Venue : 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore 589472
Dress Code : Smart Casual


· Official Food Service Equipment Provider: Sia Huat
· Official Kitchen Appliance: Cuisinart
· Official Venue: ToTT 
· Official Travel Partner: Insight Vacations
· Official Still & Sparkling Mineral Waters: San Benedetto
· Official Pasta: Borges
· Official Caviar: Giaveri
· Official Coffee: Illy Coffee
· Official Olive Oil: Carapelli
· Official Gourmet Purveyor: Classic Fine Foods 
· Official Fresh Cheese: Galbani
· Official Burrata Cheese: Artigiana Caseificio
· Official Deli Meat: Levoni
· Official Truffle: Tartufi Morra Tartufalba
· Official Balsamic Vinegar: 
· Official Antipasti: Menu
· Official Spumante: Ferrari 
· Official Cider: Somersby
· Official Chocolate: Amedei
· Official Gelato: Papitto
· Official Liqueur: Galliano
· Official Chef Jacket Supplier: Green
· Wine Partners: Angra, Cellarmaster Wines, ewineasia, Grand Vin, The Straits Wine Company, Water & Wine
· Partners: Beam Suntory, Gusto Italiano
· Wineries: Bruno Giacosa, Caparzo, Isole e Olena, Jermann, Pio Cesare, Ferrari, Gianni Gagliardo, Quintarelli, Speri, Zyme

F&B Partners:

· Buona Terra
· Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
· Forlino
· Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar
· Gattopardo
· Grand Hyatt Singapore 
· Il Cielo, Hilton Singapore Hotel
· inITALY Bar Ristorante
· La Strada
· OSO Ristorante
· OTTO Ristorante
· Pete’s Place, Grand Hyatt Singapore
· The Lighthouse, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
· The Waterfall, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

EATaly Participating Restaurants

· Al Borgo
· Alba 1836
· Basilico, Regent Singapore
· Buona Terra
· Burlamacco Ristorante
· Caffe B
· Capricci
· Caruso Ristorante Pizza Bar
· Cucina Italian
· Da Mario Pizzaria
· Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental Singapore Hotel
· Enoteca L’Operetta
· Forlino
· Gaia Ristorante & Bar
· Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar
· Gattopardo
· Gusto Napoli
· il Cielo, Hilton Singapore Hotel
· ilLido
· inITALY Bar Ristorante
· La Barca
· La Nonna @ Holland Village
· La Nonna @ Namly Place
· La Strada
· Latteria Mozzarella Bar
· Nuvo
· Oca Grassa
· OSO Ristorante
· OTTO Ristorante
· Palio
· Pasta Brava Italian Restauran
· Pete's Place, Grand Hyatt Singapore
· Pontini, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore
· Procacci Italian Restaurant
· Ristorante  Amarone
· Senso
· Spizza @ Bukit Timah
· Spizza @ Club Street
· Spizza @ East Coast
· Spizza @ Jalan Kayu
· The Lighthouse, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
· Trattoria Nonna Lina
· Zafferano

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E 

For more information, please contact:

Ian Lim (Mr)
Senior Manager
Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 6319 1653

Cheryl Chan (Ms)
Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 6319 8539

Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
DID: (65) 6319 1586 

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. 

Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters, Gourmet Japan and Kidz Academy.

Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

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Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.


In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 


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The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. 

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