Pizzeria Mozza, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Mario Batali's restaurant finally opened at the Sands today. Actually, it was only the casual pizza-focused half of the restaurant rather than the more upscale osteria half, but it was easy to get to being that it was on the Galleria Level of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (10 Bayfront Avenue #B1-42, 6688-8522). In other words, it was down in the mall rather than being way up in the fine dining area hovering over the casino. And the food blew past my expectations.
Our favorite item was nothing more than a simple caprese, but man, was it good. The photo above already gives a good idea of the quality of the tomatoes, but the thing that really got to me was the cheese, which was absolutely delicious. When a place named Mozza does its own mozzarella, we knew that we had to get this, and it not only hit the mark but also went straight through. Other items that we got included their chicken wings, which weren't nearly as fiery as their description suggested, but were still pleasantly savory with a wide range of spices and grilled scallions on top.
The other impressive surprise was the pizza dough. When it first came out, I was so let down since it looked like some nasty thick crust pizza that one orders for delivery in the US. Only after closer examination did we realize not only that it was thin, but that the big poofy outer crust was crisp and airy...the texture was slightly reminiscient of Chinese youtiao. This was such a great meal that I eagerly look forward to seeing what the other half of the restaurant can crank out when it eventually opens, especially with its mozzarella bar.