Review: Matto

This was my 4th time at Matto.  I think I’ll say right off the bat that I really like this place.  There never needs to be a reason to enjoy delicious pizza but this time the occasion was our good friends, that live in a small town outside of Shanghai, ventured in town to visit us.  We thought we would take them somewhere other than chinese food since that’s what’s most available to them.

Matto is the sister restaurant to the popular upscale Italian restaurant Issimo located in JIA boutique hotel in Shanghai.  Both restaurants serve Neapolitan style pizzas but Matto takes a more approachable angle, keeping it casual, adding a bar that serves up delicious cocktails and trendy rustic atmosphere.

My favorite cocktail here is called ‘Crazy for Life’ which is gin, lavender syrup, mint and fresh lemon juice RMB 58 ($9).  Really, really tasty and refreshing.  A perfect drink for summertime.  They also have prosecco on draft!  How fun!

The Appetizers:  CAPRI – Vine-ripened cherry tomato, oregano, mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil RMB 68.  Tomato and mozzarella always go well together.  This was good but the tomato slices could have been thicker.

COSCE DI POLLO – ‘sexy’ spicy chicken legs RMB 58.  These were nicely grilled and had good flavor.  I would have liked to see maybe one more piece added for the price.

CALAMARI – fried squid with aioli mayo RMB 78.  I like the presentation of the calamari in the paper bag and the calamari was nicely fried.  Always good with aioli!

We ordered 2 pizzas and 2 pastas.  They take their pizzas here pretty seriously as do I.  They even imported their own Napoletana brick oven from Italy just to make sure their pizzas could be done right.  My favorite pizza at Matto is the MATERDEI – mozzarella, basil, imported spicy pork salami RMB 108.

The second pizza was the SECONDIGLIANO – buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato, parma ham and rucola RMB 148.  Both pizzas had a great balance of flavors and the crust was a perfect combination of chewy and soft but crusty.

For pasta we ordered RIGATONI – pomodoro, roasted eggplant, basil, grana pandano RMB 78.  This pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, chewy and firm and was tossed with just enough sauce.  Another favorite.

and LINGUINE VONGOLE – garlic, chilli, cherry tomato, fresh clams RMB 88.

For dessert we ordered the: AMALFI CLASSIC FROZEN CHOCOLATE AND HOME-MADE RICOTTA CAKE RMB 48.  It was basically a frozen chocolate mousse with a soft brownie crust.  Pretty good but I wouldn’t say their desserts are the strongest.

Matto gets my vote for being one of my favorite Italian spots in Shanghai.  The food is authentic, drinks are done well, they even have a great weekday happy hour of buy 1 get 1 from 3-5pm.  Service has been consistently good the times I’ve been, prices seem fair and I really like the ambiance and decor.  A very pleasant and well rounded dining experience I would say.  High five!  I hope they can keep it up.

Matto can be somewhat confusing to find but it’s on the ground floor of Super Brand Mall in Pudong/Shanghai and faces the outside of the mall.  I hope to try their lunch menu sometime.

The Details:
Matto | Super Brand Mall |GF50, 1/F, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, Shanghai China | +86 021 5081 0966


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