We’ve spotted the giant lightbulbed ‘Mazzo’ sign from the tram – great first impression.
Taking a seat at one of the high tables up the front in the huge open space with high ceilings, exposed silver ventilation ducts, bare brick and chalk board walls. The wall next to us is floor to ceiling shelves filled with giant tins of olive oil and tomatoes, jars of olives and artichokes, bottle of wine and bags of beans. Big industrial lights and a chandelier created from desk lamps hang from above.
It’s busy with groups of diners at large tables down the back and drinkers at the front and on the footpath – it’s Sunday night.
In an attempt to eat light, we’ve ordered 2 salads; Zucchini, chicory, goats cheese, pumpkin seeds; Asparagus, salad, san giorgio, grana padano and we’re sharing the Risotto – con barbabietola rossa, beetroot and the Astice – spaghetti, lobster, tomato, brandy.
I’ve dismembered the little half lobster for us and the spaghetti are lovely thick noodles, sticky in the tomato sauce.
We have to wait for our risotto – the waiter tells us he sent it back because it wasn’t up to scratch – we think he just forgot to order it. But it’s worth the wait. The tangy cheesy rice is a beautiful pink with cubes of beetroot dotted throughout, scattered with fresh tarragon and dill.
The walls down the back are lined with giant black and white prints of children devouring handfuls of spaghetti, a man smelling fresh bread and a woman beaming as she eats a slice of pizza – love these – its the enjoyment food brings and Mazzo’s food philosophy.
Score: 7.5 Plates (out of 10)
Mazzo – 114 Rozengracht, Jordaan, Amsterdam – 020 344 6402