Last Updated: December 2, 2017
Italian cuisine is by far one of the most accessible and celebrated around the world. From honest plates of pasta to indulgent feasts large enough to feed a tiny Italian village. When it comes to eating, the Italians know how best to satiate one’s hunger.
Osteria Mozza at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a place that is both welcoming and dazzling in its decor and menu offerings.
Started by the lauded trio of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton, Osteria Mozza is synonymous with bringing authentic Italian flavours that also speak for its rich culture.
To start, a glass of bubbly — in this case, a Nino Franco Rustico prosecco ($25/glass) — sets the mood, as I settle into my seat and soak in the warm atmosphere of my surroundings.
An appetite-opener (as I like to call it) was brought to us first, with the Affettati Misti ($30) consisting of a plate of Italian cured meats & gnocco fritto (fried gnocci). The table was served a selection of lardo, speck, and prosciutto, among other thinly-sliced charcuterie staples.
There was also a side of Vine-ripened Tomatoes With Basil & Sea Salt ($18), which were grown in Italian soil that was once tainted by volcanic ash, bringing a rich sweetness in every juicy bite.
The star of the antipasti was definitely the Burrata From Puglia With Leeks ($21). Perfectly dome-shaped, the burrata was milky and creamy on the inside, coating the tongue with its mildness — showcasing the exceptional quality that Osteria Mozza prides itself on.
For the Primi course, I had a Ricotta Gnocchi With Wild Mushrooms & Asparagus ($29/$43) that was surprisingly very robust, despite its simplicity. All the flavours fused seamlessly together, and the gnocchi was a great vehicle for delivering all the right notes.
The Corzetti Stampati With Tomato, Eggplant, Taggiasche Olives & Ricotta ($25/$37) is a great pasta side if you’re looking for some subtle acidity and sweetness to your main.
Moving on to the main feature, I was floored by the size of the Fried Whole New Zealand Snapper (from $90). Pescatarians will fall in love with the crisp skin and the succulent, sweet flesh that is balanced beautifully with the red pepper-based sauce and kale.
It fondly reminded me of family feasts when we would order a whole fish and how the camaraderie of sharing strengthens bonds.
The Grandi Secondi was a grilled Double-Cut Tomahawk Pork Chop ($142 for 900g), seasoned with fennel pollen. Prior to this, I’ve only ever seen beef tomahawk, so to be introduced to this pork cut was a definite eye-opener for me.
The crust was amazingly peppery and smoky, while the meat itself was beyond tender; the knife effortlessly sliced right through. This was one dish I couldn’t resist going back for seconds.
As for the final large plate, the Beef Cheek & Bone Marrow Pie ($75) is a visual treat for the eyes, I must admit. The bone itself juts out from the centre of the pie, lending its flavours to the delicate meat. The filling is also seasoned with cipollini onion and mushrooms, and the pie is served with a side of potato aligoté.
I feel that the crust of the pie is just as important as the filling, and this one simply crumbles on the first bite, followed by an immense melt on the tongue. There’s a buttery flavour that lingered even after my first forkful, and there’s little doubt that this is one pie that will satiate even the hungriest of men.
To finish off the decadent meal, I had the Coconut Panna Cotta ($17), drizzled with passion fruit and accompanied by almond hazelnut biscotti. The contrasting textures were my favourite aspect of the dish, and the light tropical flavours were a delightful switch after a very satisfying feast.
The ambience at Osteria Mozza is one of comfortable opulence in my books; not necessarily extravagant, but luxuriously serene. The menu is well-suited for all occasions, be it a romantic date, a family gathering, a work meeting or simply for a couple of bubblies before a night out. Treat your senses to exceptional Italian flavours, right in the heart of Marina Bay Sands.
Expected damage: $80 – $120 per pax
*This post was brought to you in collaboration with Osteria Mozza