Friday 17 December 2021

Mazzo – Hearty Italian Food, Drinks & Hospitality [MEDIA INVITE]

Octopus Leg @Mazzo
Mazzo is an Italian centric Restaurant & Bar tucked along Club Street. Armed with Italian delights such as Chargrilled meats, homemade pasta, 48-hour fermented pizzas, and Italian antipasti served with the warm hospitality of Patrick and Sebastian, it is a place to relax and enjoy. Furthermore, Mazzo also carries a wide variety of premium wines from Italy and across the world, plus sakes, whiskies and cocktails.

The Bar @Mazzo
We started the tasting with Antipasti ($39, Chef's Recommendation; sharing for 2). Consist of Cold Cuts, Bruschetta, Risotto Balls, Mozzarella, Calamari & Wings. A sampling platter of most starter items at Mazzo. The cold cuts are meaty and not waxy. The bruschetta offer comes in 3 different varieties: tomato, garlic and mushroom & cheese. All three are consistent, it just depends on your preference.

The arancini is just magnifico. Fried till golden grown, it has a light crust, followed by al-dente risotto and melted cheese. The tomato sauce at the bottom balances the richness of the arancini nicely. The burrata is on the dense side, showcasing thick creamy cheese, paired with beautiful slices of parma ham. The calamari have a crispy exterior with bouncy flesh, while Mazzo fried wings are the in-house version of har cheong gai. Not Italian, but it’s good to have as bar snacks. Yum!

mazzO Fried Wings
Octopus Leg ($34). One of LD’s favourite seafood. We get a subtle charred aroma, followed by juicy and bouncy octopus’ leg. It is served balsamic vinegar dressing, asparagus and mesclun salad. The fresh and crunchy asparagus complements the octopus through its contrasting texture. While the octopus is nice, we were hoping it was more charred, for the extra aroma and crispy texture on the exterior.

Octopus Leg
Octopus Leg
Crab Meat Pasta ($28) - Fresh pasta tagliolini & tomatoes basil. The al-dente fresh pasta soaks up the sweet tangy tomato sauce together with the natural sweetness from the crab. The surprise package here is the earthy alfalfa, delivering a contrasting flavour and texture that balance this pasta dish to perfection. Impressive!

Crab Meat Pasta
Crab Meat Pasta
Half plate each of mazzO Pizza ($28) and Four Cheese Pizza ($27). This duo version was served for the tasting. Paying homage to the city of Naples, Italy (the modern birthplace of pizza), Mazzo ferments the dough for 48 hours. This result is airy and lighter crust plus it adds a more complex flavour to the crust.

mazzO Pizza & Four Cheese Pizza
mazzO Pizza
We like the mazzO pizza as the toppings (Ricotta Cheese, Pepperoni, Truffle Paste & Spinach) has a nice balance of meat, cheese, vegetables and the aromatic aroma of truffle. The crust is light, crispy and coated with Salmonella flour so it does not burn the crust. Meanwhile, the Four Cheese Pizza (Mozzarella, Taleggio, Cheddar & Gorgonzola) is created for blue cheese lovers, those who appreciate the strong and pungent cheese. It was just too overpowering for us.

mazzO Pizza
Four Cheese Pizza
Pizza Crust with Salmonella flour
I ended the meal with Tiramisu ($12) and LD choose Cheesecake ($12). The portion of the tiramisu is generous. It is soft, moist and the balance of the ingredient’s coffee, kahlua and cream are just spot on. Every scoop of the tiramisu just melts in your mouth.

The Nutella cheesecake is also awesome. The Nutella is solid, while the cheesecake effortlessly hiding in the background. Served with vanilla gelato, I feel like eating a Nutella ice cream cake.

Nutella Cheesecake
At the start of the dinner, LD had the prosecco, which she describes as lightly sweet and bubbly. The red wine served following that has full body, almost Shiraz like.

Mazzo seating area can be split into 2 sections. One side is a bar / gastropub, filled with high chairs and high tables. While the other, decorated like a classic restaurant-style with black leather seats against the walls, wooden chairs on the outside and tables covered with white colour table cloths.

Bar / Gastropub Area
Classic Restaurant Style
The service here is excellent. Patrick, Sebastian and the crew are friendly and attentive. As we are seated close to the kitchen, we can hear the conversation between the crew. I am impressed with how the service staff pay close attention to the preference of regular customers and remind the kitchen crew. Plus, I also recommended this place to a friend for their dinner and they were amazed by the food and service standard here.

Part of Mazzo
Overall, it was a pleasure dining at Mazzo. The food, drink and service here are excellent. They are the complete package and you definitely must give this place a try. We will return to try their full range of Chargrilled Meats. Keep up the good work. Ciao! Cheers!!

Thank you very much Protegie Consultancy and Mazzo Team for hosting us.

Menu 1

Menu 2
Food & Drinks: 8.75/10
Value: 8.5/10
Service: N/A (Media Invite)
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80; $81 & Above

Mazzo Restaurant & Bar
54 & 56 Club Street
Singapore 069432

T: +65 6222 0089
IG: @mazzosingapore
Mon – Sat, 15.00 – 22.30
Closed on Sunday

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