Pizza/Pasta at Primo Trattoria (Taipei)
I’m working backwards at the moment through my backlog of restaurant reviews, which has gotten so long that some of the restaurants on the list have gone out of business.
Anyway, prior to the birth of our second child, my wife and I went on a mission to try as many restaurants in Taipei as possible (for us that meant one a week). One of the highly recommended Italian joints we kept hearing about and reading about online is Primo Trattoria, a classy looking establishment a short walk from the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station (on the blue line).
The great thing about this place, apparently, is that it has a rather affordable lunch special and offers a wide variety of pastas, risottos, main courses and pizzas. I love gourmet pizzas, so expectations were high.
We made a reservation for Friday lunch but the reservation wasn’t really necessary as there were plenty of empty seats available. As you can see from the lunch special menu, you can choose a pasta set for NT$300, a pizza set for NT$320, or a special course (fish or chicken in this case) for NT$400. Each set comes with a salad, soup and beverage of your choice. Good value.
We ended up ordering a set each — the shrimp penne with lemon and cream sauce, and the homemade sausage pizza with onion, peppers and chilli.
The salad serving was decent in size and came with croutons and cheese but the dressing felt lighter than the usual Caesar they give you. It was OK, felt like it had been in the fridge for quite some time.
The soup was relatively slight despite the use of cream and felt like it was made with fresh ingredients. I quite liked it considering it was different to the usual lunch set soup I was used to.
As for the mains, I was a bit disappointed in the pasta. I thought it would have been awesome but lemon goes all wrong with cream sauce, giving it an unnaturally sour taste that made me suspect that the sauce had gone off or something. The pizza, on the other hand, was acceptable but nothing special. The size was pretty small, and while the crust was nicely done the toppings didn’t have enough flavour and were crying out for some Tabasco sauce. The homemade sausage, in particular, looked and tasted just like regular bacon pieces.
So on the whole, I suppose Primo Trattoria offers good value for lunch, but the quality of the food didn’t impress me. Perhaps I didn’t order the right dishes, but either way, I don’t think I’ll be going back.
Address: No. 14, Lane 107, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Taipei (nearest MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing)
Phone: (02) 2711-1726
Hours: 11:30am-10pm (11pm on Fridays and Saturdays)