Since it was announced last year that Osteria Mozza would be returning to Singapore, gourmands like us have been waiting with much excitement for this moment to arrive. Well, the long wait is finally over as celebrity chef Nancy Silverton’s wildly popular Italian restaurant has officially opened its doors at Hilton Singapore Orchard.
Unlike the previous home at Marina Bay Sands, which Silverton explains was “100 per cent based on the look of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles”, the new 120-seat space located on the fifth floor is much brighter and airier and has an “aesthetic that makes you feel like you’re in Singapore”. It also consists of an alfresco area surrounded by a lush herb garden, a main dining room with a view of the newly added open kitchen, and a mozzarella bar where one can sit at the counter to enjoy a selection of mozzarellas, burratas and fresh cheeses with Italian cured meats.
It is worth noting that 80 per cent of the original culinary team is back, including executive chef Peter Birks who helms the kitchen. He worked closely with Silverton to create a menu that is “heavily influenced by what we’re doing in Los Angeles. Adds Silverton: “I didn’t want to open with the same menu … it would have felt tired. We have a few of the classic pastas and pizzas, but our diners will definitely see some new things”.
Diners will have to wait a bit longer for the pizzas, as these will only be served during the day and the restaurant is currently open for dinner only. Your patience will be rewarded though with flavours like burrata and cacio e pepe—both are served with a thin and crisp crust cooked in the wood-burning ovens. The former is a classic offering with toppings such as burrata cheese, roasted tomatoes, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. The latter is a delicious take on the popular pasta and comes with pecorino and house-made ricotta, as well as tellichery and pink peppercorns for a bright and fresh finish.
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