Osteria Mozza MBS – Fine Italian Cuisine In A New York Setting
An ‘atas’ friend of mine has a dedicated ‘pak-tor’ night every Friday, of which most are reserved for Italian cuisine with her ‘dar-dar’. She who is extremely particular about her Italian food, makes Osteria Mozza the must (or perhaps only) visit everything she comes to Marina Bay Sands MBS.
If celebrity chef Mario Batalli believes in ‘feng-shui’, he may have gotten the best restaurant locations at MBS. Both Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza are right at a prominent spot opposite the Sands Theatres.
This Americanised upscale Italian restaurant has a three-course pre-theatre menu ($60++) of an antipasti, main course and dessert prepared fast enough that can get you to your fair lady in time.
Osteria Mozza has been one of the most critically acclaimed restaurant in the integrated resorts filled with celebrity restaurants (the other being Waku Ghin). It has been awarded Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Elite Traveler named it one of “The 10 best restaurants in Singapore”. My same friend calls it her Top 3 restaurants in Singapore. (The other two being Andre and Han. Han not Hans.)
The food is Italian and the restaurant feels NYC with its uplifting atmosphere and buzz. Service staff walk in and fro the mozzarella bar in the middle, with pastries, mozzarella, burrata , stracciatella and burricotta cheese displayed. Chef David Almany who helms the kitchen, saw me with camera, gamely picked up a bowl of fresh red tomatoes to pose for my instagram.
What my friend liked about Osteria Mozza – in her own words, the food is hearty, fresh and of good quality, observing how unique ingredients are put together perfectly. She swears she cannot eat the ‘normal’ pastas ever again.
While the price tag is on the higher side and portion on the lower, I thought both pastas we ordered were brilliant – a Garganelli with ragu Bolognese ($36.00) and Farfalle with wild mushrooms, English peas and walnut ($38.00).
The handmade pasta was cooked al dente, appropriately chewy with bite, the sauces extremely even in terms of its texture, seasoning and amount – no more no less.
Service was top notch. The service staff we made detailed recommendations and obviously understand the menu inside and out.
In Italy, pastas are commonly cooked in huge portions, very robust and flavourful, almost always in a casual setting. In fact, there is no such equivalent as ‘fine dining’ in the Italian language. Osteria Mozza, I garner, brings a touch of elegance to these hearty dishes.
Osteria Mozza definitely stands out in terms of its food quality, energy, and service standards. The bill may throw you back (Our brunch was over $200). I didn’t have to foot the tabs, but still felt bad.
Galleria Level 42-46, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, Tel: +65 6688 8522
Opening Hours: 5:00pm – 11:00pm (Mon-Sat), 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 5:00pm -11:00pm (Sun)