DA MARIA

What a delightful dining experience it is at Da Maria, and one that just keeps getting better. From the moment we walked into this uniquely decorated restaurant, the vibe immediately shifted into a summery feeling with a refreshing and relaxing ambiance. The spacious restaurant has a vibrant atmosphere with the splash of a light blue/white palette and geometric styling everywhere.

Maurice Terzini from Sydney’s Iceberg fame and Adrian Reed of Motel Mexicola who have enjoyed many diners in their native Sydney together finally collaborated in bringing the Italo Dining concept to Bali. The beautiful interior by Roman Architects Lazzarini Pickering is a true portrait of Terzini in Bali, and have materialized his idea which was to serve very simple, fresh and uncomplicated Italian food in a tropical setting. And that’s exactly what Da Maria is all about.
My lunch partner and I settled at a table in the middle dining area, next to a fountain that made it feel like we were dining in a Roman plaza. Such an amazing impression about this place and we haven’t even ordered anything!

We placed our order as the waiter poured each of us a glass of cold infused water. Our starters were served with a beautiful presentation and it was love at the first bite with the Arancini di riso (IDR 65K) – a cheesy risotto ball that just melted in my mouth which I couldn’t get over for some time. The wood roasted broccoli bruchetta (IDR 110K) was divine – honestly if I have to eat broccoli everyday, it better be served like this! You can find both these dishes in the Assagini (first course) section of the menu.
Our batch of main courses were served next. The Chicken Cotoletta (IDR 170K) served with capers, oregano and lemon was cooked perfectly and it tasted like a slice of heaven, our Crispy skinned fish of the day (snapper) with asparagus, risoni and sorrel (IDR 190K) was also scrumptious! I couldn’t get enough of the crispy skin!! – find both in the Secondi section of the menu. The Straciatella – tomato, olives, shallot, rocket and sorrel (IDR 90K) was a perfect side to both, you can find it in the Installata + Vendura (salad and veges) section of the menu.

Last but not least, the Salsiccia Pizza with chilli, Italian sausage, gorgonzola, onion and fennel (IDR 135K) was brought out. I’m telling you… it was phenomenal. Easily one of the best pizzas we’ve had so far on the island. We loved the quality toppings as well as the taste that did not disappoint!
Da Maria does Pizzas the Neapolitan way, the dough is naturally fermented for 24 hours and cooked in a natural lava oven.
Located on one of Seminyak’s prime dining strips, Da Maria opens daily at 12 noon for lunch and dinner, offers a variety of classic Italian flavors, a great selection of drinks along with top notch service. We were very happy with the staff that went above and beyond during our lunch experience. If you are dining with kids, you can have them try the pizza making class from 5-7pm, but make sure to make a reservation first!
For late nighters, don’t miss their Late night pizza + disco, featuring DJs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10pm. What a splendid dining experience, we can’t wait to return. Pop by if you have a craving for the ultimate taste of Italy!
Jl. Petitenget No. 170, Badung – BALI
Ph. +62 8223 7733 099
Email. info@damariabali.com
www.damariabali.com
BY : NINETH RACHMA

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