Media Tasting Notes
Thank you for ordering from Wild Child Pizzette, the latest pizzeria and bar concept by The Cicheti Group.
Built on a decade-old promise and dough-making philosophy, The Cicheti Group’s latest opening defies all conventions of a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria with big swings—on smaller canvases—at modern tastes. While Neapolitan pizzas are best enjoyed seconds from the oven, we’ve gone to lengths to bring and translate the Wild Child quality and experience into your homes. Here’s how.
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Based on a decade-old promise
When the first Cicheti was being dreamed up in 2013, chef co-owner Lim Yew Aun was coming out of his role as a pizzaiolo at L’Operetta and wanted to set up a pizzeria, but his cousin and restaurateur Liling Ong was convinced that the first-time F&B business operators needed to cut their teeth and pay their dues before they could launch a specialised concept successfully.
The pair went on to open a safer and more approachable trattoria concept we now know as Cicheti at Kandahar Street—where they’ve slowly but surely gained a reputation for their traditional style Neapolitan style pizzas, perfecting their dough-making philosophy—with a promise from Liling to Aun thast one day, when they’re ready, he will have his pizzeria.
The Journey Here
Since opening Cicheti 2013, the cousin duo went on to become a trio, inoculating top sommelier Ronald Kamiyama into its leadership as business partner, who’s responsible for curating the ever-evolving, thoughtful beverage programmes for each concept under the group with illuminating wine discoveries and horrible dad jokes.
Cicheti went on to serve as the blueprint for future concepts as the group expanded, each offering their own distinctive perspectives—with a shared homespun appreciation—on Italian cuisine. 2019 saw the opening of Bar Cicheti, Singapore’s first pasta and natural-slanted wine bar; followed by Caffe Cicheti in 2020, a modern-day osteria peddling fresh, bright flavours found up and down the coasts of Italy with highly quaffable wines.
The Wild Factor
The “Wild” in Wild Child serves as a reference for the concept being a platform for Aun, Ronald and Liling to explore and creatively express their respective passions and roles that they’ve assumed in the group over the years.
Aun, being the heartland boy who’s devoted to perfecting the art of Neapolitan style pizzas; Ronald, a sommelier who’s accumulated a penchant and rare insight into the world of natural, organic, biodynamic and sustainably made wines; and Liling, an intrepid entrepreneur with a creative streak and the restaurateur responsible for fleshing out every detail of the concept-at-large to the litte touches of what diners experience and love about each Cicheti concept.
Wild Child on Wheels
Just because you’re not dining in doesn’t mean you’re shortchanged of the Wild Child experience. If the pizzas reach you a little cold, be sure to follow our reheating instructions (it’s super simple) that will have your pizza as close to oven-fresh as it can be. Scan the QR code on the flyer to access our Wild Child Lockdown playlist curated by Mr. Has, which is an extension of what one would expect to hear in our pizzeria. Scroll down below to find out more about the experience we’ve curated in the outlet while you enjoy your meal.
Minimal Japanese Modernism
The bad boys of pizza and pop art
Hip hop's defining age
Do the math
10 inches, 4 slices, more choices
The real thirst trap
Quaffable but teachable
An ancient treat
Sake for the masses
Guzzle on this
Just drink your beer
Some "light" reading
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Middle Eastern flavours have always popped up on the menus of Cicheti concepts through the years, much thanks to the Arab influences on Italian cuisine, by way of the Medditeranean – especially in the cooking of Sicily and to lesser extent, Naples. Here is a simple roasted cauliflower dish that is charred beautifully, served with coriander, mint and a fistful of chopped pistachios on a bed of creamy labneh, Israeli’s answer to Greek yoghurt. An obvious starter for a carb-heavy meal ahead.
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Revered as a modern classic, the Negroni Bianco—gin, vermouth, lillet—is a soft and elegant twist on the bitter classic. It's a refreshing start that helps cut through the creamy labneh and pair well with the bitter notes of the endives from the Caesar-ish.
A Singapore brand and Asia’s first non-alcoholic aperitif inspired by traditional Asian remedies, it is made with 26 healing fruits, spices and botanicals from Southeast Asia that we use to create a spritz. A refreshing way to start that shares the same soft herbal flavour and a subtly bitter finish of the Negroni Bianco.
An elevated take on the oft-overlooked Caesar Salad staple by dressing nuttier, crunchier endive spears in lieu of crisp romaine lettuce, finished with focaccia croutons, shavings of aged parmigiana and a cured egg yolk begging to be broken into and join in the fun.
Crispy Fried Margherita
A playful but elevated take on the traditional Margherita pizza that has all the components but brings a fun texture. We dunk the pizza dough into a deep fryer for a crispy crust before topping it with creamy clouds of stracciatella, sweet bursts of semi-dried San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil and thick shavings of aged parmigiana.
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Domaine Les Enfants Sauvages, Enfant Sauvage, Côtes Catalanes, FR
With Les Enfants Sauvages directly translated to Wild Child - this was a no brainer pairing. For Carolin and Nikolaus, who owns 8 hectares of vines near Fitou, the name was a tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors. The duo behind the wines drew inspiration from The Doors’ song “Wild Child”—about finding salvation in the wild state of nature—and they took the French translation for their name. The grapes are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, with remedies instead limited to plants like camomile and nettle. Each vine gets individual attention, with leaves, shoots and even sometimes grapes removed, all by hand, to maintain their health. In fact, the only modern equipment used in the process is at the winemaking stage itself, but only as a means of encouraging natural processes to occur. Here, the red fruits from the Grenache with savoury and spices notes from Carignan and Mourvèdre blend pairs well with the semi-dried tomatoes on the Crispy Fried Margherita and spicy salami and tomato flavours on the Spianata Calabrese, with a plucky acidity and a finish that makes it hard for one to say when.
NON 2 - Caramelised Pear & Kombu
A lightly carbonated non-alcoholic wine, similar to that of cider or fruity beer. The fresh fruit and umami from the kombu lends well to the flavours from the two pizzette with tomato flavours. Australian Packham pears are treated with different methods to create a complex profile that creates a big rounded pear taste. Kombu from Hokkaido, Japan allows for a minerality profile that elevates both salinity and the rich, torched fruit notes. Black tea, aromatics and spices which produces a complexity and structure.
A feisty number named after a spicy salame from Calabria characterised by its fiery pepperoncino flavour. Topped with fennel seeds on a bed of fior di latte, the salami is blasted in the wood-fired oven till crisped at the edges, its intense heat sparing no subtlety with a heavy-handed drizzle of Sichuan chilli honey
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Mukai Shuzo Ine Mankai (Red Rice Sake)
One of the most unique sake made anywhere. The Ine Mankai from Mukai Shuzo is made with an ancient strain of red rice called Murasaki along with local Kyoto rice Iwai. In Japan, red rice has been cultivated and used for traditional celebrations in provincial villages and towns for centuries, but it is extremely rare to see red rice used in the production of sake. 'Ine Mankai' means ‘Ine in Full Bloom’ and offers well balanced levels of sweetness and acidity, making it perfect for drinking with a wide variety of food. It has a complex cherry & vanilla aroma with unique sweet/tart cherry and pomegranate flavours and a savoury, umami rich palate that works equally well with savoury dishes as well as sweet.
Jus De Raisin
Unfermented grape juice with Cabernet Franc from Domaine de la Chevalerie’s winery, then iced and topped with soda. Nothing like a purple drink to cut through the heat.
Freshly baked every morning, a brown sugar-bourbon pecan filling rich with complex praline flavours without being cloyingly sweet is firmly encased into a perfectly flaky and buttery shortcrust pastry shell, sliced to order, and topped with a seriously boozy whisky gelato and drizzles of caramel and bourbon sauce.