With the opening of the theatre wing of Marina Bay Sands, the second wave of new restaurants to operate here has opened in December 2010.
The famous broadway musical "The Lion King" will permanently be staged here in the theatres at MBS, and expect more crowds at these new restaurants early next year when the musical premieres.
Famous celebrity chef Mario Batali, has opened not one, but two of his signature L.A. Italian restaurants - Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza restaurants here in Singapore. He also owns the Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in New York too.
The restaurant is divided into 2 parts. To the left of the restaurant's main door is the Osteria segment (to be open in late December) which is more upscale and serves different types of mozzarellas and cheese together with mains like meats and pastas. Tonight, we will instead be having dinner at the more casual Pizzeria Mozza (now open) on the other side, for their famous pizzas. The whole place is decorated with warm woods and the colour of the day is orange.
Mario Batali is known to be a funny and cheeky guy. And it shows from the dining table. All the forks, knives and serviettes are all packed inside this brown envelope, together with a small card which boasts some of the amazing inventions ever created by the Italians. I shall not spoil the fun for you so that you will be surprised by what is included inside.
The showpiece of all good Italian pizza restaurants is their ovens, and here there is not one, but two ovens which uses real wood as fuel. From the picture above, you can see the woods being stored below the oven.
We ordered a bottle of Prosecco (S$75 per bottle), which went very very well with the pizza.
As recommended by the service staff, we had their signature Cauliflower Fritti (S$12), which is basically deep fried cauliflower in a thin batter. I didn't like this because it tasted oil, looks oily and is really oily. Would be better if they are able to absorb more frying oil out from the cauliflower. The accompanying sauce helped to lessen the oiliness though.
We were given Complimentary crispy bread served in a brown paper bag. These bread sticks were baked with some herbs and cheese.
Als had this Bufala mozzarella in olive oil (S$30) and comes with this buttered crunchy bread. I believe this was off the menu, and although the cheese was good, but we prefer the ones at Pietrasanta.
Now, here comes the best part. The pizzas. And true to its name, this place serves some of the finest pizza in Singapore. Take this mushroomy pizzza which had Funghi misti, fontina, taleggio & thyme (S$25). Not only mushroom lovers will be in heaven, but other pizza lovers will love how crunchy and juicy, not to mention creamy this pizza is. Remember how we hate to eat the thick crust of pizzas? I am pleased to report that the crust here, is indeed the best part of their pizza. They do not add anything special to their crust, just freshly baked pizza crust. This is yummy.
Red alert - This pizza with White anchovy, tomato & fresh red chiles (S$22) is HOT! Although they do not use chilli padi, but non spicy diners should take note that this is a spicy pizza. I was quite hesitant when I found out that anchovy was used, but upon my first bite, I was relief as the anchovies were free of any stale taste and fishy smell. The combination of sweet tomatoes, spicy chillis and salty anchovies really is a match made in heaven. Would recommend this to spice lovers.
Lazzaroni Amaro (S$15 per glass) which is a drink made of alcohol (25%), sugar, herbs and natural mineral water from the Alps. We were told this drink aids digestion and increase appetite. I think most Singaporeans will not be used to the taste as it has a strong herb tastes to it. And those who cannot tolerate alcohol well should take note of its high alcoholic level.
No doubt Pizzeria Mozza serves some of the best pizzas in Singapore, and we will be back for more to try out some of his other pizza creations and also to pop by at his more upscale Osteria section the next time we are here.
10 Bayfront Ave
#B1-42 to 46
The Shoppes Marina Bay Sands