Daily: 5pm - 11pm
Last reservation at 10:45pm
Located in Los Angeles and now Singapore, Osteria Mozza is the creation of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton. The heart of the restaurant is a free-standing fresh mozzarella bar, where a wide array of dishes— highlighting imported bufala mozzarella, burrata and burricotta cheese—is prepared nightly. The extensive menu features artisanal salumi, fresh homemade pastas, and seafood, meat and game dishes cooked on a wood-burning grill.
Osteria Mozza's wine list boasts over 700 selections from across Italy, including offerings from Joe and Mario's wineries in Friuli and Tuscany.
I didn't know what to expect before going there but was hoping that it would be good knowing the success Mozza has in LA. We turned up at 7pm and there were already a few tables of customers munching away.
The decor is very American Italian like to me, i.e. dark wood with dimmed lighting. It works. The overall feel is cosy and lively, with the right choice of music in the background.
We ordered the burrata with leak with breadcrumb since the combination looked rather unusual to us. It was surprisingly tasty. The soft texture of the burrata with the crunchy breadcrumb together with the sweentess of the cheese and the vinegar dressing on the leak... we were pleasantly surprised.
As we weren't very hungry, we ordered a pasta each. One thing to point out is Osteria Mozza is the 1st italian restuarant in Singapore that serves i tortellini in brodo! I have yet to see it on the menu in any other italian restaurants here! I ordered the linguine with clams and my husband had the orecchietta with sausages. Both dishes were full of strong flavour and satisfying. The portion was just right as well, specially for those who want to do the antipasto, primo, secondo and il dolce! We saw a few secondi dishes being served and they didn't look that big at all but they did all look rather nice on the plates.
For il dolce, again, 1st time ever in Singapore, it's i bombolini - basically italian version of donuts but is made with mashed potato and flour. It was served with huckleberry jam and ice cream. Unless you have a big stomach for pudding, I personally think it's good enough to be shared by 2 people if not by 3! It was a nice good pudding to finish the meal and of course something that is rather unique for Mozza as well since it's unlike Tiramisu where you see it in almost every single italian restaurants here.
All in all, it was a good choice. When we left, the restuarant had more people and became more lively and happening. For sure, we will return to Osteria and also would love to try out next door, the Pizzeria.
Sadly the inability of cooking proper Italian food is hidden by an intense use of garlic.
I had spaghetti with seafood but the name should have been garlic with spaghetti and seafood.
This way of cooking is commonly used in US when pretending to coook italian food but not having an actual undertanding of what Italian cuisine is.
We decided to go to Osteria Mozza last minute, and made a quick reservation by phone (only could get one pretty late in the night). Enjoying our time at Eataly in NYC, another Mario Batali establishment, definitely heightened our expectations for Osteria Mozza.
It definitely did not disappoint. The service was spot-on, especially their thoughtfulness and careful attention to my partner's food restrictions. They took initiative the entire meal to make sure she was accommodated, never needing to be reminded (unlike many restos where the waiter might forget or not all the staff was informed and mistakes are made).
We had a handful of antipasti's, our favorite being the Affettati Misti (but both the grilled octopus and trout salad were good), and a couple of pastas. Every single dish had bold flavors, especially the pasta sauces (in terms of flavor, I don't think any other Italian restaurants I've been to has come close in how strong the flavors are). I enjoyed it.
We also had a bottle of La Mozza "I Perazzi", which was very easy to drink. Will try their other 'La Mozza' wines later on for sure.
Will visit again for sure!