Buon Appetito as they say in Italy, the country for which we owe a lifetime’s gratitude for the gift of wood-fired pizzas, creamy risottos, succulent osso bucco and over a thousand types of pasta.
While good restaurants are abundant all over the boot-shaped country (it is difficult to eat badly here), it is a fact that the best food in Italy can only be found in someone’s grandmother’s kitchen. Yet, we might not all have the good fortune to ever receive such an invitation in this lifetime, so thank goodness for the next best thing: Osteria Mozza.
The cozy-chic restaurant in Marina Bay Sands really needs no introduction—the brainchild of celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton has been serving up authentic, home-styled Italian cuisine, boasting a free standing mozzarella bar and the largest variety of Italian wines and handmade pasta that is made in-house daily in Singapore. Fun fact: the flour that goes into making the pasta is actually imported from Campania and Abruzzo.
Now, just in time for the festive season (sharing is caring and all that), Osteria Mozza has launched an all new large sharing plates menu, featuring traditional rich Italian flavours honed to perfection through time-honored cooking techniques and fantastic imported produce.
Perfect for gatherings with friends and family during the season of good cheer, think dishes like the Beef Cheek & Bone Marrow Pie ($65), the ultimate comfort pot pie of tender beef cheek, caramelised mushrooms, cippollini onions and an actual roasted veal marrow encased in a perfect golden-brown buttery crust. Meat lovers should definitely look out for the Dry-Aged Porterhouse (from $130), an awesome 1kg slab of 150-day grass-fed Black Angus steak aged for 45 days to achieve peak flavor, or the Double-Cut Tomahawk Pork Chop (from S$60), a tender chop with two elongated meaty rib bones encrusted with Osteria Mozza’s signature fennel rub. FYI, it is twice the usual serving size.
The new menu also pays homage to Italy’s coastal regions and the wonderful bounty from her position in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea with the Fried Whole Snapper (from $90). Doused in agro dolce (a tangy Italian sweet and sour sauce), kitchen mastery ensures that though the fish is fried till its skin is perfectly crisp, the meat still remains melt-in-your-mouth tender. Topped with fried kale leaves from the rolling hills of Tuscany, this dish is the perfect harmony of the offerings of Italy’s lands and sea.
With so many hearty dishes to choose from at Osteria Mozza, a satisfying evening out filled with the comforting taste of home isn’t hard to find.