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Authentic Italian flavours at Mazzo

Tomorrow I am having my wisdom teeth taken out. It's my first time at the dental surgeon and it scares the living daylights out of me. So, to celebrate my last days of being able to eat solid food, my friend Matt and I had dinner at Mazzo on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam.

Mazzo on the Rozengracht in AmsterdamI've been wanting to go to Mazzo ever since Matt sent me an article on it on The Cool Hunter. It is a huge place, with an industrial and modern look, and yet a very homely feel about it. The enormous Chesterfield on the left wall looks inviting, but I'd advise against choosing to sit there, as it makes eating off of the low table a challenge.

Antipasti misti at Mazzo in AmsterdamWe started with the antipasti misti, which turned out to be a lovely big plate full of bruschette, cuts of meat and salads. We shared everything and enjoyed most of it (I especially loved the bruschette and the small pulpo salad).

Then we both had a pasta. Matt chose the Arabiata, I had the Carbonara. The pastas come in two sizes: small for around E9,- and large for around E13,-. Very tasty and good value too! It's also very Italian: the pasta is not smothered in sauce, like the Dutch tend to make their pastas.

Mazzo's signature Pizza MazzoLastly, Matt and I shared a pizza Mazzo. It's the one with buffalo mozzarella, lardo (baconfat), rocket and truffle tapenade. The bottom was thin and crisp, somewhat like the romans like their pizza. The topping was fresh, rich and gorgeous. We had thought to try a few desserts too, but it turned out we were full after the pizza. Next time, Mazzo, next time!

There were so many things on the menu that I'd love to try. A cold pizza Primavera for one, Stuzzichini (fried nibbles, like croquettes and stuffed olives) and the toasted tramezzino from the lunch menu. I definitely need to come back here!

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  1. Hi…I’m really curious…how was that? I really love Caruso restaurant, near the Flower market!


  2. Have you really tried italian food before?? coocked by italians?? the food in Mazzo is absolutely rubbish!!!

  3. So tip us your best Italian restaurant then?

  4. How’d your wisdom tooth extraction go? Can you recommend your surgeon?

  5. It went pretty badly. Had both sides done in one go, as I am deathly afraid of needles and surgeons. It got infected. First one side, then the other. Dumb bad luck (I was super conscientious about the cleaning!) I had to go back a few times.

    I turned out to be allergic to the antibiotics they gave me, so they took me off them, and left me to fend for myself with the infection. After 3 months I had to go back again, because the infection was still going. The receptionist didn’t want to give me an appointment at first, claiming it was highly unlikely that it would still be infected. I insisted. It took another small operation (scraping out the wound) and walking around with a swab dabbed in antibiotics sown in my jaw for a week (it was pressing on the nerve, that was painful!), before it was all over.

    Needless to say I cannot in good conscience recommend you my surgeon ;)

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