Created by Restaurateur Maurice Terzini, Da Maria is a modern Italian restaurant offering stunning exteriors, great Italian food with diversity in cuisine, good music and wine, and much more. Brainchild of Australian Terzini, this restaurant offers Osteria style. This restaurant is located in the heart of Seminyak with simple and elegant Italian dining options in the tropical settings of Bali. A closer look at the interiors of this restaurant shows the classy work done by Roman architects Lazzarini Pickering. The theme of this restaurant showcases the Italian style 60’s courtyard restaurants with a touch of modernity that will not date. The restaurant is surrounded by mesmerizing Balinese greenery that hosts passion fruit wines, and rubber trees. The fountain inside the restaurant is Neapolitan icon with Italian touch that provides a refreshing ambience to the guests with the sound of water adding a melancholy touch to the cool surroundings.
The restaurant involved local Balinese craftspeople to do the work thereby ensuring that the work was completed perfectly on time with a big smile on the face of everyone attached to it. Ceiling of the restaurant is amazing with Gio Ponti inspired motifs offering a very graphic roof that essentially ties in the skylight not only the slanted walls towards the side but also the divisions between each room in the restaurant. Terzini and the team proudly refer to the ceiling as ‘Bali’s Sistine Chapel’ due to the splendor associated with it. Another additional concept that is visible and appealing within the restaurant is the pattern of tiles on the fountain and the bars. This concept was extremely tough and was carefully hand painted by these talented local craftspeople in Bali.
Music finds its own identity in Da Maria with a European sophistication as well as House music for holiday people with live DJ shows happening every night post 10:30 pm thereby morphing dinner into dancing towards the end of the night. Da Maria restaurant website guides you to the playlist of everything musical that has been happening here and updates the same on a regular basis. Basically, music, soulful food, and ambience are all clubbed together in this restaurant to provide the guests with an engaging experience that is rare to find. The playlist in Da Maria is mixed by Sydney DJ and event producer from the group called Picnic. Da Maria also plans to host some of the best events in Bali calendar with tie ups with other event groups to provide a unique experience to its patrons in the long run.
Menu in Da Maria is extremely accessible and fun with a simple yet modern approach to classical Italian flavors, and pizza offerings. These pizzas offer Italian touch straight from the region of Naples with lava stone ovens and Neapolitan artisan techniques. Another delightful dish on offer is the traditional Italian Porchetta that is carefully marinated with local herbs and cooked in a precise and slow manner over the coals. Some of the tasty appetizers to look out for include Snapper Crudo presented with tomatoes, Asparagus with touch of anchovy butter, Octopus with red wine vinegar, parsley and overnight cooked beans. Da Maria also has a wood fired grill that offers chilly King prawns, and variety of delightful pasta dishes such as Gnocchi pesto, Oreccheitte. To finish off on a high, Da Maria offers a variety of mouth-watering deserts like Da Maria Tiramisu, Bomboloni.