Saturday, April 30, 2011

Best Pizza in Singapore's from Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza?

One week following the visit to DB Bistro Moderne in MBS, we went next door for another celebrity chef restaurant, Pizzeria Mozza. Pizzeria Mozza is owned by celebrity chef Mario Batali (co-owned with Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianichi) who brought the Pizzeria Mozza all the way from Los Angeles. Chef Batali is a recipient of Best Chef by the James Beard Foundation and that does speaks a lot about the food he creates. Apart from Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza is also brought over to Singapore and is right beside the pizzeria but only opened for business in the evening. Even though Mozza is touted as a celebrity chef restaurant, prices are relatively affordable compared to the other celebrity chef restaurants in MBS. I heard from friends that Osteria Mozza serves good Italian food. We'll have to visit the osteria. For now, here's what we had at the pizzeria ........

Prosciutto di Parma and Bufala Mozzarella - Love the smooth creamy rich bufala mozzarella that goes very well with the savory parma ham. 

Mussels al forno with salsa Calabrese - I knew mum and dad would like this dish as they love shelled sea food. The waiting staff advised us to hold on to the salsa calabrese sauce to use as a dip with the pizza edges. It was indeed a tasty dip sauce.

Calamari al forno with fagioli and oregano - The calamari was well baked to retain the tenderness of the squid. We really liked the lemon drizzled with olive oil mixed with oregano and beans. It makes this dish very appetizing.

Inside Pizzeria Mozza, right in front of the wood fired ovens, chef was showing off his 'kung fu', kneading the pizza dough with both his fists. The flattened dough was kneaded in mid air supported by both his fists, continuously moving in rotating motion and in the process thinning the center portion of the pizza crust yet gentle enough not to tear the dough. The pizza crust of Mozza is thin crusted but the edges are left fluffy and that goes well with the sauce left from the mussels appetizer.

Pizza with Fennel Sausage, panna, red onion and scallions - The fennel, red onion and scallions gave this pizza a unique piquant taste that I liked and the sausage tasted a bit like tandoori meat. 

Pizza Margherita with mozzarella, tomato and basil -  The Margherita pizza is one of the most basic pizza. Whether a pizzeria is good or not it's easiest to judge base on their margherita. If their Margherita's good, the rest of the pizzas should be good too. The tomato was refreshing and together with the superb crust. Verdict : One of the best pizza in town!

Chicken Cacciatore - Apart from pizzas as mains, there's one other mains for every day of the week. Chicken Cacciatore is available on that Saturday when we visited Mozza. Cacciatore is an Italian "hunter style" dish cooked with mushrooms, herbs, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and sometimes with wine. The braised chicken was so tender that the meat just lift off the bones.

2 Bayfront Avenue
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B1-42/46
Tel : 65 6688 8522

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