When she found out she won the lucky draw, she was elated that she could try authentic Italian food, never having travelled to Europe.
Madam Mary Andrews, 51, a freelance speech and drama teacher, was one of 10 Straits Times subscribers who won a dining treat for two at Italian restaurant Fratelli in Resorts World Sentosa yesterday.
"It's like I'm in Italy now, it's my first time having fine-dining Italian food. Knowing the ingredients came directly from Italy gave me lots of satisfaction."
Not only did the winners get to dine on a six-course dinner, but they also met Fratelli's celebrity chefs Roberto and Enrico Cerea, who are brothers, from restaurant Da Vittorio, a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Bergamo, Italy.
Said Madam Andrews, who took her god-daughter with her: "Meeting the brothers was very exciting. Ambience and service were excellent. The food was amazing."
The subscribers enjoyed a dinner of paccheri pasta with a special tomato sauce, pan-seared sea bass, and a modern version of a classic cheesecake, among other Italian dishes.
The 10 lucky Straits Times subscribers won the dinner for two worth $376, after taking part in the contest held by the ST+ loyalty programme.
They had to answer a simple question and were chosen through a lucky draw. The dinner was hosted by Straits Times food correspondent Eunice Quek.
ST+ started in April last year to reward subscribers with special discounts and benefits offered by more than 100 partners.
ST readers can look out for more dining opportunities at Resorts World Sentosa on the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Rewards app.