[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]steria Mozza is one of those places that get its formula right, from the start. The Italian-
American restaurant doesn’t disappoint with its dependable menu of robust flavours and generous portions. Launched seven years ago, the elegant venue, with its dark wood furnishings and white marble counters, still doesn’t look dated. Whether you are dining with business associates, friends or family, you’d feel relaxed and at ease here.

Osteria Mozza’s elegant setting with dark wood panels and white marble.

Known for its mozzarella offerings, the restaurant offers 10 types of these soft, creamy cheeses. You can’t go wrong with the classic caprese of burrata – soft bouncy burrata share plate space with juicy vine- ripened tomatoes and lightly toasted crusty bread. Before the mains arrive, munch on starters such as chargrilled octopus paired with potatoes, celery and lemon, or calamari fritti with capers and pickled chilli butter.

Aromatic chargrilled octopus with potatoes and celery.

The freshly made pastas are always consistently good here. The perfectly cooked tagliatelle mingling with richly flavoured oxtail ragu is excellent, as is the fazzoletti tossed with a robust duck ragu. Beef and potatoes may sound ordinary but that’s definitely not the case with this gigantic platter of protein at Mozza. Porcini-rubbed wagyu rib-eye bistecca is accompanied by crisp, golden fried potatoes. This is a great  option if you are dining with a group of meat-loving friends. Pair the tender slices of beef with an Italian red from the restaurant’s extensive wine list. If you like to have a sampling, there are plenty of wines by the glass (six whites and eight reds) to boot.

Hearty pasta of orecchiette with fennel sausage.

Service staff flit from one table to the next, ensuring everything is in order. They are efficient and polite, though not particularly personable. But as it’s such a well-oiled machine here, nobody’s complaining.

#B1-42/46, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, S(018956)
T 6688-8522

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All tastings conducted incognito with esteemed members of G’s Food Panel.