After some time on Bali (or around South East Asia), you might be craving for some good Italian food. And the emphasis is on good – there is Italian food available on pretty much every street of South Bali. If you are looking for high-quality food with great service, “MozarellA” Italian Restaurant with outlets in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Petitenget should be on your list!
I have eaten at the Mozarella before and we keep coming back because it offers reliably good Italian food and great service, no matter which of the branches you go to. On our most recent trip, we visited the location in Petitenget, at the Northern End of the beach stretching all the way from Kuta via Legian and Seminyak to Petitenget.
This location is a little larger, with lots of seating outdoor on a patio facing the street or in the air conditioned interior. The wooden tables look rustic, like you’d find them in a California country-style hotel or restaurant.
Just as at other locations, the service is very friendly, even by high Bali standards, and well trained and professional. The staff introduced themselves by name and was very attentive throughout our visit.
The menus is long and offers a great selection of salads and classic Italian appetizers, pasta and pizza. But you’ll also get well executed meat dishes most Italian restaurants on Bali won’t attempt, so it’s a good place to try a classic, multi course Italian dinner.
Mozarella also has a full list of soft drinks, cocktails, wine & beer. The wine list goes beyond the commonly found local or Australian wines, so this is one of the few places I’d consider ordering a bottle of wine with dinner. I would give the cocktails a miss – we have tried (and tried and tried again), but so far found them to be not very good. They are usually weak and don’t resemble the cocktails whose names they bear…
On our most recent visit, I had the Chicken Parmigiana, served with pasta. The chicken was covered with layers of tomatoe and cheese and perfectly cooked. I eat this dish at a lot of restaurants and it was very good. it was served with pasta that were perfectly al dente.
As the dessert, we went for chocolate and ice cream – the best sweets I can think off! And it was presented nicely and tasted great. I had to be quick with the photo – it didn’t last very long.
On a previous visit to the Legian branch on Camplung Tanduk, we tried the Tomato & Mozarella appetizer, two of the pasta dishes and (again) a chocolate cake with ice cream to finish. We loved the appetizer and both of the pasta dishes were delicious. They used good, fresh ingredients, were cooked just right and presented nicely. The dessert was great as well and disappeared quickly!
Service here was even better – staff asked us for our names and continued to address us by name for the rest of the evening!
The Kuta location was less convincing: While the decor and menu are the same, the service was decidedly worse: the staff seemed disoriented, ironically they were out of Mozarella that night, as well as most of their red wine and the wine they did have did not arrive until after we finished our appetizers. While they were friendly, there was one issue after the other. So, while the food was good, the service marred the experience and I’d not recommend the Kuta location.
The location with the best view is in Legian, right on the beach, giving you a chance of sunset views or a stroll along the beach promenade after dinner. We have yet to try it!
The prices at Mozarella are higher than the average Italian restaurant in South Bali – but the quality of the food and service justify it in my opinion!
If you find yourself in Legian, Seminyak or Petitenget with a craving for a good Italian meal with great service, check out MozarellA Italian Restaurant! We have become regulars and can recommend it for your trip!