Buttero, Tras Street - Italian Cowboy Grub

Buttero, Tras Street - Porchetta Tras Street newbie Buttero promises a decent-enough roll call of casual Italian fare that's easy on the wallet, yet hearty enough for a boisterous bunch of dudes or 'butteri' (Tuscan cowboys). 

Buttero, Tras Street - Pulled Pork Waffle Fries

Exchanging the latest gossip over their controversial 'Jesus Juice' (granita of cola and pinot noir), we started the meal with some hauntingly good comfort food. A unanimous favourite, the Pulled Pork Waffle Fries ($15) was a moreish mix of flavoursome meat, crisp waffles fries and mozzarella.

Served with caramelized onions and pickles, the Triple Cheese & Truffle Toasty ($15) was packed with warm, oozy-goodness that threatens to turn any bad day around.

Buttero, Tras Street - Triple Cheese & Truffle Toasty

Previously from stalwart Italian restaurant Lucio's in Paddington, Sydney, it's no surprise that Executive Chef Logan Campbell's (vibrantly coloured) concise menu has a focus on homemade pasta—the menu also covers a selection of entrée plates, large plates (for sharing), sides and desserts.

Buttero, Tras Street - Paccheri & Eggplant Ragu

In comparison to our round of wonderful starters, vegetarian-friendly pasta options Paccheri & Eggplant Ragu ($22) and Handmade Gnocchi ($21) with sautéed brussel sprouts and New Zealand honey) lacked that oomph and failed to tickle our palates.

The Crumbed Veal Cheek Taco ($19) also didn't quite hit the mark; the granny smith and horseradish slaw lacklustre and the tender meat underseasoned to the point of blah.

Buttero, Tras Street - Veal Cheek Taco

Buttero, Tras Street - The Dirty Steak

That being said, Buttero's standout dishes are their robust and well-executed mains (large plates).The Porchetta ($32), succulent roast pork from the rotissere, comes with braised beans and a decadently crisp crackling that had us shamelessly fighting for the last bite.

We also polished off our full-flavoured portion of The Dirty Steak ($34), wagyu flank rubbed with Carolina-style mustard and vinegar-based sauce and cooked directly atop hot coals, then served with piquant verde, onions rings and shallots.

Buttero, Tras Street - Cannoli

The Cannoli ($12 for 3 pieces) might seem too rich after a hearty meal, but Chef Logan's rendition of the Italian classic is filled with airily light whipped ricotta, lifted with a refreshing inclusion of lemon.

For those who can stomach more, we highly recommend the no-nonsense, rich White Chocolate Rosemary Pot ($12) topped with pillowy orange blossom curves.

Buttero, Tras Street - Milk Chocolate Rosemary Pot

Buttero 54 Tras Street Singapore 078993

Tel: +65 64387737

Operating hours: Closed Sundays Mon-Sat Lunch: 12 noon till 3pm Mon-Sat Dinner: 6pm till late